The DNR has advised us that per the Governor's Executive Order "While trails will remain open for public use, people using trails are asked to adhere to social distancing recommendations, including keeping at least 6 feet between themselves and another person."

This order will continue until further notice

Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Trail
PO Box 274
St. Johns, MI, 48879
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Trail is open to all non-motorized uses year round.

   Trail Length:  41.3 Miles

  Trail Surface:  12 ft, compacted crushed limestone with 8 miles of asphalt in towns

Snowmobiles:   PROHIBITED

           Horses:   PROHIBITED

    4 Wheelers:   PROHIBITED

The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail is a 41.3 mile, 12 ft. wide, packed crushed limestone, with 10 ft. wide asphalt surface in towns for a total of 8 miles of asphalt. It is non-motorized, non-equestrian, trail located in mid-Michigan in the counties of Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee. It connects the communities of Owosso, Ovid, St. Johns, Fowler, Pewamo, Muir/Lyons and Ionia utilizing a former railroad corridor.

The trail is part of the Midwest Regional Rail-Trail Network,  joining on the eastern 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.

The trail parallels M-21 and traverses mostly rural areas and farming communities, but portions also run near and across Stoney Creek, Maple River and Grand River watersheds in Ionia County

The trail is owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) with the Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority and maintained by volunteers of the Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail. 

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Normally at this time of year the Friends of the Fred Meijer CIS Trail hosts our annual meeting to inform members and non-members of what has been happening on the trail in the past year, to hold board director elections and to hear comments and concerns from all of you.
However, the Board of the Friends group has had to make the hard decision to cancel our annual meeting for 2021. Not knowing what the pandemic would look like in March or April, or what restrictions will be in place has made it difficult if not impossible to plan.

BUT, we WILL be holding elections at our (virtual) regular monthly meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 14. If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail us at and a Zoom invite will be sent to you. Or, if you prefer, simply e-mail us with your comments or concerns.

We are disappointed that we can't come together this year, but hope we are able to resume our in-person annual meeting tradition in 2022! Thank you for your understanding.Type your paragraph here.