Time change for arrival of kayakers

The kayakers paddling the entire Rock River will be in Rockford at 2 p.m., at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. They will not arrive at 12:30 p.m., as initially planned. The community is welcome to meet Jon, Jake, and Garrett as they paddle through Rockford this afternoon.

Kayakers continue down the Rock River Trail

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer The start-to-finish Rock River kayak trip continued Friday, May 23, as three college students from Illinois paddled toward Dixon, Ill., on their way to the mighty Mississippi. Jon Gress, Jake Boucher and Garrett Feik stopped in Rockford Wednesday, May 21. The team met Frank Schier, founder of the Rock River...
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Rock River kayakers chilly, yet on schedule: Day 2

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer The three university students headed for the Quad Cities by kayak down the Rock River began the third of their 18-day trip slightly later than planned Thursday, May 15. However, Jon Gress, Jake Boucher and Garrett Feik didn’t allow morning rain and unseasonably brisk temperatures to delay the trip long enough...
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Rock River kayakers welcomed by their school

Rock River Journey: Day 4 By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Maranatha Baptist University students and faculty, along with the Watertown, Wis., community, welcomed Jake Boucher, Garrett Feik and Jon Gress as they paddled through the city Friday, May, 16. “We decided to go all the way to Watertown last night,” Boucher said. A plan to set up...
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Students to kayak entire length of Rock River

Follow Jon Gress, Jake Boucher, and Garrett Feik as they kayak the Rock River from the Horicon Marsh to its end at the Mississippi—320 mile trip beginningTuesday, May 13. The end of a school year is always bittersweet. It is difficult to say “goodbye”, and yet the opportunity to go home, start new employment, summer...
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Rock River Journey: Day 1

By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Jon Gress, Jake Boucher and Garret Feik arrived at the southern tip of Lake Sinissippi, in Dodge County, Wis., a bit chilly, yet on schedule Tuesday, May 13. The three college students are now in their second day of an almost three-week kayak trip down the entire 320-mile stretch of the Rock River....
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With the cooperation of the Illinois DNR, City of Milan, Rock Island Parks and Recreation District, and the Quad Cities’ River Action Network, this warning sign was posted above the Milan Steel Dam (special thanks to Dan McNeil).

With the cooperation of the Illinois DNR, City of Milan, Rock Island Parks and Recreation District, and the Quad Cities’ River Action Network, this warning sign was posted above the Milan Steel Dam (special thanks to Dan McNeil). The Rock River Trail Initiative is working to post warning signs on all 23 dams on the...
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Governor’s signing of legislation for the road route in Wisconsin

On July 5th Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation designating the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route along the river in Wisconsin. The signing ceremony took place in the Governor’s Office in the Capitol. Present for the signing with the Governor were Greg Farnham of the Rock River Trail Initiative (holding the new road...
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Rock River Trail road route passed in both Wisconsin and Illinois

• In Illinois, Stadelman and Jefferson advocate for Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route, complete with free fishing Staff Report The Wisconsin and Illinois legislatures have passed bills designating the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route on roads adjacent to the 320-mile-long river in both states. This road route was presented by the Rock...
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Rock River Trail gains National Water Trails status! April 4, 2013

The Rock River Water Trail has been designated into the National Water Trails System by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, according to an announcement by the National Park Service in Washington, DC. The National Water Trails System is a distinctive national network of exemplary water trails of local and regional significance that are cooperatively...
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Meeting with WisDOT and IDOT representatives in Beloit, Wisconsin, on February 14, 2013 to review Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route

Back row from left: William McNary, WisDOT State Traffic Engineer; Kyle Armstrong IDOT Engineering & Standards Unit Chief; and Matt Rauch, WisDOT State Signing Engineer. Front row from left: Kyle Lorenz, IDOT Traffic Operations Engineer-Region 2; Stan Milam, district director of Wisconsin State Senator Tim Cullen; and Frank Schier of Rock River Trail Initiative

Rock River Trail Video by Tom Lindblade

Tom Lindblade is an experienced paddler and also an amateur videographer.  He has just completed a short video of the Rock River Water Trail.  If you’d like to take a look, please click on the link below or visit the photo gallery.  Tom has done a great job to capture the essence of the water trail in eight...
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Rockford passes resolution supporting Rock River Trail Initiative

Rockford passes resolution supporting Rock River Trail Initiative Rockford City Council passed a resolution of support for the Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) at its Nov. 21 meeting at the request of the trail’s founder, The Rock River Times’ Editor & Publisher Frank Schier. City Administrator Jim Ryan facilitated the resolution, which was brought to the floor...
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Rock River Trail Initiative: November 2011 update

Rock River Trail Initiative: November 2011 update By Greg Farnham RRTI Coordinator We are pleased to report good progress during November toward the objectives of establishing a recreational Rock River Water Trail and a scenic and historic Rock River Route. The Rock River Trail Initiative (RTTI) Council was established and held its first meeting Nov....
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Dixon section of Rock River trail dedicated October 12, 2012

Dixon section of Rock River trail dedicated October 12, 2012 The Rock River Trail Initiave was featured in an article at saukvalley.com Debbie Thompson, Lee County member of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council, makes a few remarks Friday afternoon prior to the ribbon cutting of the Dixon section of the Rock River Water Trail. A...
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Rock River Sweep from Janesville to Black Hawk Island Sept. 8

Rock County Parks, Rockton volunteers, Rock River Enterprises and Homeowners Association, WTVO-17/WQRF-FOX 39, and The Rock River Times are coordinating sections of a greater Rock River clean-up Saturday, Sept. 8. The Third Annual Great Rock River Sweep is a clean-up conducted simultaneously in each and every community along the river for its entire 285 miles, reaching from Horicon,...
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Photos: Wisconsin sections of Rock River Trail declared open

Photos: Wisconsin sections of Rock River Trail declared open The course of the Rock River as it flows through the Wisconsin cities of Horicon, Hustisford, Mayville, Theresa, Watertown and Janesville now has signs denoting those sections of the river as part of the Rock River Trail. Representatives from the National Park Service and the Wisconsin...
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17th Annual ‘Honor the Mounds’ to feature RRTI

17th Annual ‘Honor the Mounds’ to feature RRTI Native Americans are preparing once again for the 17th Annual “Honor the Mounds” gathering, to be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Beattie Park, downtown Rockford. As always, the community is invited to this free, family-friendly day-long event. Mac “Spotted Horse” MacVenn, of the Native American Awareness Committee,...
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Rock River Trail Initiative distributes free oak trees April 25-27

Rock River Trail Initiative distributes free oak trees April 25-27 April 25, 2012 Media Contact: Frank Schier, Rock River Trail Initiative founder and chairman, (815) 670-6440 Editors: See attached press releases for more about tree distribution in respective counties. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rock River Trail Initiative distributes free oak trees April 25-27 ROCKFORD, Ill. — April...
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Sauk Valley News: Rock River Trail Initiative picks up speed

Sauk Valley News: Rock River Trail Initiative picks up speed Note from Rock River Trail Coordinator Greg Farnham: Rock River Trail Initiative Council Members: Attached is an article in last Thursday’s (March 8) Sauk Valley News about the Rock River Trail Initiative, a proposed River Action Group in the cities of Dixon, Rock Falls and Sterling, and...
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Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for December 2011

Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for December 2011 By Greg Farnham RRTI Coordinator Progress continued at the end of 2011 to establish a recreation Rock River Water Trail and a scenic and historic Rock River Route. We had a wonderful opportunity Dec. 9 to present the Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) to key civic...
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Rock River Trail Initiative names council members and advisers

Rock River Trail Initiative names council members and advisers A trail initiative council has been established by the Rock River Trail Initiative, a public-private partnership in Illinois and Wisconsin whose mission is to develop along the river a multi-use trail of recreational, scenic and historic interest. Frank Schier, editor and publisher of The Rock River Times,...
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Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for October 2011

Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for October 2011 By Greg Farnham RRTI Coordinator and Frank Schier RTTI Founder and Coordinator and Editor & Publisher of The Rock River Times We appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and cooperation and are pleased to report good progress during September toward the objectives of establishing a recreation Rock River Water Trail...
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Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for September 2011

Rock River Trail Initiative: An update for September 2011 By Greg Farnham RRTI Coordinator and Frank Schier RTTI Founder and Coordinator and Editor & Publisher of The Rock River Times Hello, everyone! We hope all is well. We’ve been very busy, and we’re glad to say the members and date of the first Rock River Trail...
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A brief history of the Friends of the Rock River

A brief history of the Friends of the Rock River By Dr. Robert VoglIn 1991, both the Friends of the Fox River and the Friends of the Rock River were established. The organizer of the Friends of the Fox asked us to meet with him. That led to a meeting with Lt. Gov. Kustra in Chicago...
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Illinois House Joint Resolution No. 27

Illinois House Joint Resolution No. 27 was passed May 31, 2011, and will have final amendments this November by sponsor Rep. Patrick J. Vershoore (D-Milan, 72nd Dist.). The amended bill is availablehere or by clicking the image below.

Meet the Neighbors Conference a success

For the second time in history, all 11 counties along the Rock River were represented Thursday, April 28, for the Rock River Trail Meet the Neighbors Conference, held at the Clock Tower Resort. After an opening ceremony by Terry “Standing Buffalo” Reynolds and Dennis “White Bear” Dillard of the Native American Awareness Committee, host Frank...
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Free oak trees!

Free oak trees!   * Rock River Trail Initiative to distribute free bur, swamp, white and red oak trees in the 11 counties of the Rock River Staff Report Beginning Wednesday, April 13, representatives of the Rock River Trail Initiative will drop off free oak trees for parks, homes, farms and businesses along the 285 miles...
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Free Oak Tree Update: Trees still available in 3 counties

Free Oak Tree Update: Trees still available in 3 counties While the majority of the free oak trees distributed to those in the 11 Rock River Trail counties are spoken-for, there are still several hundred available at three distribution sites. As of this report, distribution officials in Lee and Ogle counties still have trees available...
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Rock River Trail Christmas presents for the new year

Rock River Trail Christmas presents for the new year By Frank Schier Editor & Publisher As founder of the Rock River Trail, I’m very excited to give the region some great Christmas presents for the new year. Last week, the redesign of www.rockrivertrail.com was unveiled for all the folks who were kind enough to attend VisionBeloit’s last...
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