Rock River Trail Grand Opening

Rock River Trail Grand Opening June 3rd

Rock River Trail, a 320-mile trail running through Wisconsin and Illinois, will be celebrated on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., at the Rotary River Center, 1160 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. Grand opening events and activities will be held in both Beloit and South Beloit, Ill. and other river communities. The grand opening date coincides with National Trails Day.

The Rock River Trail begins in headwaters above Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin and ends where the Rock River flows into the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois. The Rock River Trail crosses through two states (Wisconsin and Illinois) and travels through 11 counties and encompasses 41 communities.

The public is invited to the Rotary River Center in Beloit on June 3rd for the “cutting of the ribbon” to officially open the Rock River Trail and can participate in one of the many trail activities happening before and after the ceremony. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.

Grand Opening Schedule

7 -11 am:  Fly- In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast at Beloit Airport hosted by EAA Chapter 60. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and view classic cars and airplanes, $7.

9 am: Community Bicycle Ride hosted by the Stateline Spinners and other area riding groups from Beloit Airport to Rotary River Center. Riders will travel 5 miles as a group into Beloit, averaging about 10 mph. Open to all adult riders.

9 am: Community Flotilla paddle to the grand opening ceremony, launching from Armstrong Eddy Park. Must provide own kayak/canoe.

9 am-12 pm: Fur Trader re-enactor and voyager canoe exhibit

9 am-12 pm: Booths and displays by Visit Beloit, Friends of RiverFront, Sky Dive the Rock, Rock River Trail Initiative

9:30 pm: Horse Trail Ride at Happy Hollow Park by Rock County Multi-Use Trail Group. (note: this is a horse owner’s trail ride; not available to the public.)

10-11 am: Grand Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting with special speakers.

11 am: Riverwalk Stroll – Rock Trail Coalition will lead a 2.5 mile walk on Beloit’s Riverwalk

11 am: Kayak Camping & Packing for An Overnight Trip, a seminar by Rocktown Adventures

11:30 am: Tales from the Trail: Q&A session featuring Rock River Trail 320-Mile paddlers

1:30 pm: Fur Traders River Run guided paddle trip by Rocktown Adventures launching at Nature At The Confluence in South Beloit. $50 with kayak rental, or free with you own boat and transportation. Pre-registration required.

Other events will be held in river communities along the trail. Complete details of all events can be found at


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