The Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail is open for everyone who likes to be outdoors and active.
The Department of Natural Resources recently announced that the 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail is officially complete and open to the public. The hike and bike trail runs from the city of Owosso to the city of Ionia, where it connects to other trails to form a 125-mile regional trail system.
“This trail has really been a great collaboration and many people are anxious to get out for a walk or a bike ride on the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “It’s a very exciting addition to the Michigan State Trails system.”
Construction of the trail included repair and replacement of several trestle bridges, asphalt paving within the towns and compacted limestone surfacing between the towns. The DNR will finish the last few finishing features in spring, when the weather is more conducive to construction.
The rail corridor was purchased in July 2007 by the Michigan Department of Transportation and the DNR with funds from the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program and Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The corridor used to belong to the Central Michigan Railroad.
An official grand opening celebration will be held by the Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority, Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail and other partners in spring 2015.
A Recreation Passport is required for any motor vehicle entering a Michigan state park, boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking. Residents can purchase the Passport for just $11 ($5 for motorcycles) at the time of their Michigan license plate renewal.
Residents and nonresidents can purchase a Recreation Passport window sticker during regular business hours at state parks.