Please e-mail Frank Schier at frankschier@hotmail.com or Greg Farnham at waterdown@wildblue.net if you have any corrections or additions. Enjoy the Rock!


 

The original road sign prototype developed by Wisconsin and Illinois.

The original road sign prototype developed by the Wisconsin and Illinois departments of tra


Governor Walker signs the first road sign produced by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the road route.

Governor Walker signs the first road sign produced by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the road route.


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 sign), Kelley Flury of Sen. Tim Cullen's office, Cindy Block of Sen. Scott Fitzgerald's office and Rep. John Jagler of Watertown, Assembly bill sponsor. Sen. Cullen was the Senate bill sponsor. With parallel action by the Illinois General Assembly in May, the scenic road route now extends from the river headwaters in south central Wisconsin to the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.


Rock River Trail road route passed in both Wisconsin and Illinois

Rock River Trail road route passed in both Wisconsin and Illinois

• In Illinois, Stadelman and Jefferson advocate for Rock Riv


Frank Schier at this year's Green Festival

Frank Schier

Frank Schier RRTI Founder & Coordinator at Green Festival Chicago, Navy Pier May 18th & 19th 2013


Wisconsin Legislature designates Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route - April 22, 2013

Good news!

Early this afternoon the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly were in session and each passed unanimously its companion bill (SB 41 or AB 55) to designate the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route in Wisconsin.

The bill now goes to Governor Walker for his signature, at which time the bill will become law.

In Wisconsin, we chose to create a bill to establish the road route rather than via resolution, as is being done in Illinois. As you may know, a bill is a more formalized legislative product that creates a new section of the statutes, in our case Section 84.10225. So, after the bill is signed by the governor, the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route will actually be codified in the Wisconsin Statutes!

The recommended legislative method in Illinois is a resolution, which while not legally binding does provide a sound basis for action and collaboration by RRTI with state agencies and local communities to establish and maintain the road route.

So, we are well covered in both states and can look forward to final action once the Wisconsin governor signs this bill and the Illinois House passes House Joint Resolution 0008 with concurrence by the Illinois Senate.

Below is a photograph of the Wisconsin Senate Chamber taken just before the session was called to order - a very lovely and impressive structure - and a photograph with Wisconsin Representative John Jagler (Watertown - 37th District) outside the Assembly Chamber following the successful floor vote on AB 55. Rep. Jagler is the lead Assembly sponsor of the bill.

Fun and interesting to experience representative democracy in action (on a non-controversial bill)!!!

Greg Farnham

 

Wisconsin Senate Chamber

Wisconsin Senate Chamber
 

Representative John Jagler and Greg Farnham

Wisconsin Representative John Jagler (Watertown - 37th District) and Greg Farnam

 


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.


Public Hearing Before The Assembly Committee on Transportation to Designate The Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route in Wisconsin. State Capitol in Madison March 12, 2013

Beloit Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Greg Farnham (L) and David Schreiber (R) of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council with Wisconsin State Representative Debra Kolste

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 - December 6, 2012

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 minutes and I believe you'll enjoy the video. 

 
 

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 recreational water trail has been established along 320 miles of the river stretching from Wisconsin to Illinois. (Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)

 


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 available here or by clicking the image below.

Rock River Trail State House Resolution


Council Members' names added to rockrivertrail.com

A list of the Rock River Trail Initiative council members has been added to the website under the "Contact" menu and is also available here.


Rock River Water Trail Inventory, Analysis and Plan

The Rock River Water Trail Plan has been added to rockrivertrail.com and is available for download here.


Rock River Trail opening Beloit and Rock Falls sections

The opening of the Beloit Section of the Rock River Water Trail will occur Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Wisconsin; and Thursday, Sept. 13, the Rock Falls section of the trail will be opened in Illinois.


Fifth Annual Mississippi River Conference set for Sept. 26-28

MOLINE, Ill. — River Action, a nonprofit organization that strives to foster the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region, with the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, sponsors the Fifth Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference and Youth Summit Sept. 26-28. Location is the Stoney Creek Inn and Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus in Moline, Ill.


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.


Paddle and Trail celebrates second anniversary with community events

Paddle and Trail is celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a free open house at the Regional Activity Center in Loves Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. The public will have the opportunity to try out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and fish for free.


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 and Illinois Departments of Natural Resources have given their permission to erect the sign denoting the trail.


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.


Photos: Rock River Trail signs distributed


July 27, Rock River Trail Founder and Coordinator Frank Schier and Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) Council member for Lee County, Debbie Thompson, dist


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 25-27, the Rock River Trail Initiative (RRTI) will be distributing free oak trees to the 11 counties along the Rock River.


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 mention of the new national water trails system established by the U.S. Department of the Interior.