2017-01-01 / Insight

Flint River Watershed Coalition seeks National Water Trail status

LAPEER COUNTY — The Flint River courses through much of Lapeer County, and directly through the city of Lapeer and the village of Columbiaville, so the fact that the Flint River Watershed Coalition is seeking to have it named a National Water Trail could have great benefits locally.

The FRWC has come to several local units of government during 2016 to collect support to seek the national water trail designation, which would open up opportunities for promotion, recreation, conservation and more.

The FRWC and other groups put in many volunteer hours each year to clear obstructions and debris from the Flint River, and canoe and kayak usage has increased. The Sunrise Kiwanis Club is planning to put a canoe launch in at Rotary Park, and there are plenty of opportunities that could be opened up by designating the river as a national water trail.

— Krystal Moralee

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