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. 

2014 Bike Ride for the Railway!
We are excited to announce that once again the Friends of the FMCIS Trail are partnering with the Clinton Northern Railway (CNR), a branch of the Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC) on the annual Bike Ride for the Railway, on Sunday, September Sept 28, 2014. The ride starts at noon from the depot in St. Johns and includes four routes - 5, 10, 30 and 60 miles - all on paved roads.  We hope that you can ride with us!
For more info, go to www.clintonnorthernrailway.org.
Please Help Us!

We know you have been waiting a LONG time for this trail (so have we!).  But we ask that you please refrain from using the trail until completion this coming fall.  The DNR has asked that we remind everyone that the trail is not to be used while it is being built.  Although it looks finished in some areas, it IS an active construction zone, and therefore not safe for public use.  Use of the trail is actually hampering progress and delaying the opening of the trail.

So PLEASE wait a little bit longer for the trail to be opened before using it.  It will be worth the wait - we promise!

In addition, we have had many reports of people riding four wheelers and mopeds on the trail. They have damaged work that the construction crew has already completed. Please note that it will be a NON motorized trail even when finished. Using four wheelers and mopeds on a trail not designed for it is dangerous and damaging to the trail.

Trail Update for May 5, 2014

Trail Building Continues:

1.   Last week M&M continued to clear the trail corridor near Muir.  Additional equipment has been brought to the site to begin grading the trail bed in preparation for the limestone trail surface material.

2.   Work continues repairing the concrete on Trestle 10 near Ovid; work has also begun on the concrete repairs for Trestle 5 over M21.

3.   This week the contractor will continue clearing the trail, moving east.  They will begin grading the cleared trail surface. Also, the limestone trail surface material will begin to be delivered to the site. 

Trail Building Has Begun

M&M Excavating has begun work clearing the trail corridor on the west end near Ionia.  Clearing should continue for the next several weeks.

Traffic control devices have also been placed along the trail corridor to indicate the upcoming work.  You can see them, for instance, near Pewamo.

It is anticipated that concrete repair work will begin next week, beginning in Ovid and working west.

Check our Facebook for periodic updates: CISTrail Facebook Link

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!

Aerial Video
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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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