Rock River Road Trip | Dodge County, WI

Enjoy learning more about Dodge County in Wisconsin in this brand new Discover Wisconsin​ video. Hear about how Jeff Bahls “ran away from home” when he launched on a Rock River adventure last year. Learn about the amazing Horicon Marsh. Discover all the awesome communities and the art, food, trails and experiences awaiting you in...
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Patch Birding Along The Rock River Trail

Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a fun way to watch and keep track of all the birds in a specific areas. Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a way to list all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard or a specific patch of woods...
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Rock River Trail Road Trip Tip | Fort Atkinson

One of the most scenic covered bridges in Wisconsin is Jefferson County, near Fort Atkinson, WI. This red covered bridge is part of the Glacial River Trail, a 39-mile on- and off-road bike trail between Watertown and Janesville (it connects with the Glacial Drumlin State Trail north of Jefferson).   South of Fort Atkinson, the...
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Rock River Road Trip Tip | Grand Detour, IL

Where do the bison roam? Not far from the Rock River in Grand Detour, IL at Nachusa Grasslands! For a one of a kind hiking and birding experience check out the 3,800-acre Nachusa Grasslands preserve. It consists of large remnant prairie, woodlands, and wetlands and is one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands...
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Remembering Frank Schier – founder of Rock River Trail

Frank Schier (1954-2017) founded the Rock River Trail in 2010. Frank was an adventurer, writer, poet, entrepreneur and instigator…and without his vision, talents and tenacity, the Rock River Trail would not exist. On this day that we lost him from cancer, Jan 17, 2017, we share some of his words from his unfinished book about...
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Ancient Aztalan : History Along The Rock River Trail

Find History Along The Rock River Trail! The Rock River is rich in history and there is no better place to learn about the ancient peoples that lived here than at Aztalan in Jefferson County, WI. Situated on the Crawfish River, a tributary of the Rock River, Aztalan is one of the most significant archaeological...
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New Wine and Craft Beer Trail launches!

Your taste buds will be tantalized on our Rock River Wine & Craft Beer Trail! Taste award-wining wines and craft beers when you visit the unique wineries and craft breweries along the Rock River! And when you’ve enjoyed your tours and tastings, head to the water to enjoy a wonderful meal at one of our...
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Grassroots efforts to enhance game fish in the Rock River

Article by Dick Ellis, September/October 2018 Issue of On Wisconsin Outdoors at OnWisconsinOutdoors.com Another smallmouth rises from the softly flowing waters of the Rock River to sting the plastic being offered by Tom Beyer on a still and humid August afternoon. This fish though, is even better than a pair of 16- inch fish and...
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Rock River Birding Trail is taking flight!

The Rock River corridor is rich in birds and wildlife! You’ll find outstanding places to view birds as the Rock River winds its way through 11 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois. We’ve created the Rock River Birding Trail map to enable birders and others to discover the best places to observe birds.  The Rock River...
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Pilot is first to complete the Rock River Trail Air Route

Emmons Patzer approached the Rock River Trail Iniative a few years ago recommending an Air Route that includes all 10 airports along the Rock River. The Air Route was approved, official signs were made and installed at all airports and the Air Route officially was opened in June 2016. Emmons is now the first official...
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First 320-mile award for paddlers for 2018

Beloit, WI – Friday, July 13 – After 7 days on the Rock River in Wisconsin, Gary Meier, Terry Meyers and Perry Folts of Beloit, Wisconsin will arrive in Beloit, Friday, July 13, at approximately 4:00 p.m. at The Rock Bar and Grill, 101 Maple Avenue, completing their 320-mile Rock River Trail adventure. After completing the Illinois portion...
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Bicyclist are first to finish the Rock River Trail Bike Route

The two cyclists who were the first to pedaling the complete Rock River Trail Bike Route made it to the Mississippi River on June 14, 2018 and were welcomed by well wishers and local media.  Dean Mathias of the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and the Rock River Trail Initiative Rock Island County representative presented the...
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Anything That Floats Race proceeds benefit the Rock River Trail

David Spencer of Rockford Park District (left) and Nels Akerlund of Nels Akerlund Photograph, Rockford, represented the Rock River Trail Initiative at the awards ceremony today in Rockford, Illinois for the Anything That Floats Race held on the Rock River last year. The race raised funds for three worthwhile non-profits in the greater Rockford area...
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RRT Co-Coordinator Receives Environmental Leadership Award

Co-Coordinator of The Rock River Trail Initiative and Nature At The Confluence’s Executive Director, Therese Oldenburg received the “Elly” Environmental Leadership Award from the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce February 27, 2018 at their annual dinner attended by over 500 people. Keynote speaker at the dinner was WI Governor Scott Walker with special appearance by Secretary...
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2018 Progress Update for the Rock River Trail Initiative

In 2018 the Rock River Trail Initiative celebrates eight years since the inaugural river paddle in April 2010 set in motion implementation of plans to establish a system of recreational trails along the Rock River through Wisconsin and Illinois.  It has been an exciting journey and all who have been partners in this adventure can...
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A couple share a Geocaching Adventure on the Rock River Trail

Avid geocachers Lucy and Dale Kallenbach from Rockford, Illinois used their favorite outdoor activity to explore the Rock River Trail this past Fall. Geocaching! What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time, all around the world. To play, participants use the Geocaching app and/or a GPS device to navigate...
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Tips On How To Be A Safe Paddler

Nature At The Confluence in South Beloit, Illinois, recently held a “Safe Paddling 101” program so paddlers can learn how to be better prepared and stay safe on the water. There has been quite a few days of high water on Turtle Creek (Beloit, South Beloit – tributary of the Rock River) and Rock River...
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The Grand Opening of the Rock River Trail was a success!

The grand opening ceremony of the Rock River Trail was held June 3rd at Rotary River Center in Beloit, Wisconsin, with celebration activities in a number of river communities in Wisconsin and Illinois. The ceremony was a successful one with 150 trail enthusiasts, friends and officials on hand to formally open the Rock River Trail...
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Grand Opening of Rock River Trail set for June 3

After many years of planning and preparing, the grand opening of the Rock River Trail will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., at the Rotary River Center, 1160 S Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis.  Grand opening events and activities will be held in both Beloit and South Beloit, Ill. and other river...
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Celebrate the trail’s Grand Opening June 3!

Help Us Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Rock River Trail! The grand opening celebration for the Rock River Trail will be held  on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10-11am at the Rotary River Center, 1160 S Riverside Drive, Beloit, WI with events held in both Beloit, WI and South Beloit, IL. Events will be held...
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Tribute to Rock River Trail Founder Frank Schier

Remembering Frank Schier The Rock River Trail Initiative would like to share a wonderful tribute that Frank Schier’s newspaper The Rock River Times published on January 25, 2017. Frank, the founder of the Rock River Trail Initiative, lost his batter with cancer on January 17, 2017. While we are all still coming to grips with...
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We’ve launched the Rock River Chocolate Trail

  We invite you to savor the wonderful flavors of the Rock River Trail on our new Chocolate Trail! The Rock River Trail covers 320 miles in 11 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois and many of the communities along the way offer many ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Rock River Chocolate Trail highlights our...
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Rock River Air Route is taking off with new signage

With a little help from our aviation friends, the word is getting out about the Rock River Trail Air Route. Eric Bickel, the owner of Skydive The Rock, located at the Beloit Airport attended the January 19, 2017 Rock River Trail quarterly meeting in Beloit, WI and offered to take one of our new Rock...
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Skydive the Rock offers high flying adventure

There’s no end to the fun you can have along the Rock River Trail. With our new Rock River Trail Air Route, you have the chance to turn your eyes to the skies for adventure along the Rock River. If you are looking for adventure, skydiving might be the thing for you. Skydive The Rock offers you an opportunity...
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Monterey Dam on Rock River In Janesville may be removed

By Jake Magee, January 11, 2017 – Janesville Gazette  (original article from Rock Koshkonong Lake District website) Monterey Dam removal pros outweigh cons, panel says (Jvl Gazette, 1-11-17) JANESVILLE—When it comes to removing the Monterey Dam, the pros far outweigh the cons, a group of residents concluded Tuesday. At its second meeting, the Monterey Dam Citizen Advisory...
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Drone Footage of the Lower Yahara River Trail

Check out the drone construction footage (below) of the much anticipated and long awaited Lower Yahara River Trail. The multi-use trail will link to the Capital City Bike Trail at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, extending through Lake Farm County Park to McDaniel Park in McFarland. The Yahara River is a tributary of the Rock...
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Rock River Trail Ribbon Cutting date set for June 3, 2017

Please join us at the ribbon cutting of the Rock River Trail! Six years ago the effort to create a system of recreational trails encompassing the Rock River in Wisconsin and Illinois was launched. Today the Rock River Water Trail is recognized as a National Water Trail by the National Park Service, but it is...
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Explore the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route this Autumn

Two wheels, or four…your choice! Head out to explore the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route this autumn! The Rock River offers a widely changing landscape through it’s 320 miles. Explore the 11 counties and 37 charming river communities along the way! Each region has it’s own character, history and special features for you...
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The results at in! Rock River Anything That Floats Race was a hit!

ROCKFORD, IL – The Rock River Anything That Floats Race (RRATFR) volunteer committee is thrilled to share final results from the inaugural 2016 event that took place on Sunday, August 21.  The event raised nearly $9,000 to benefit the Rock River Trail Initiative, Rockford Fourth of July and Holiday Lighting efforts, and the Ski Broncs. The...
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Share Your “Rock River Trail Story”

Do you have a Rock River Trail story? We’d love to feature your story on the Rock River Trail website in our new section called “Rock River Trail Stories”. In this new section we are looking to feature unique and authentic experiences, features, flavors of the communities found along the Rock River Trail. So, whether you’re an...
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Rock River quality ebbs, flows during past century

From the Daily Union, May 24, 2016 –   Read entire article. Overlooking the Rock River, the Fort Atkinson Club community center was the perfect venue for the Rock River Coalition’s “Testing the Waters: A Paddle and Probe Adventure” Monday evening. On May 15, the coalition kicked off an 11-day paddle down the Rock River,...
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2016 North American Safe Boating Week May 21-27

Safety for all while paddling the Rock River National Water Trail. Wear It! The Rock River Trail Initiative received a grant from the National Safe Boating Council to help promote National Safe Boating Week and safe boating in general, and use of life vests by all who recreate on the river. The Rock River Trail...
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