Welcome to our trail!
Welcome to our trail!

The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail is a 41.3 mile long unimproved non-motorized trail located in mid-Michigan in the counties of Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee. The trail, which is owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority, connects the communities of Ionia, Muir, Pewamo, Fowler, St. Johns, Ovid and Owosso, utilizing a former railroad corridor. It traverses mostly rural areas and farming communities, but portions also run near the Stoney Creek, the Maple River and the Grand River in Ionia County.

Plans are in place for the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail to be part of the Midwest Regional Rail-Trail Network,  joining up on the west end with the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail (Ionia to Lowell), the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Trail (Lowell to Greenville), and the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail (Greenville to Edmore to Alma) for a total of 125 miles of trail. 

FMCIS Trail awarded NRTF Grants
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has awarded two grants totaling $600,000 to the development of our trail!  $300,000 has been awarded for renovation of 9 bridges and associated structures.  The other $300,000 is for approximately 32 miles of crushed limestone surface improvements.

We have met our goal for the Local Match Fund Campaign!  Of course, you may still donate - simply click on the "Donate" page for PayPal donations, or send a check payable to "Friends of the FMCIS Trail" and mail it to us at PO Box 274, St. Johns, MI  48879.  THANK YOU!

MORE $$$'s!
The Fred Meijer Foundation recently announced that it is pledging an additional $1.6 million for construction of our trail!

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Friends of the FMCIS Trail Receive MTGA Grant
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance announced that they have awarded a $5,000 grant to the Friends group.  Grants to recipients of the Small Grant Fund 2011 program were awarded on July 19 in Lowell as part of the MTGA Annual Michigander Ride. 

Friends of the FMCIS Trail Receive DALMAC Grant
The Tri-County Bicycle Association announced at their May meeting that they have awarded a $15,000 grant from the DALMAC Fund to the Friends' group for the CIS Trail.
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