GENEVA – The first of three open houses for the public to learn more about the Fox River watershed will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. June 17 at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.
Called The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail, the initiative’s development team is hosting these open houses to highlight the results of their collaboration with the National Park Service and volunteers who provided data on paddling opportunities, officials announced in a news release.
The open house will feature maps of the water trail, identifying existing access sites, amenities, and information about journeys along 14 segments of the Fox River.
The development team will also be seeking input from paddlers and others familiar with the Fox River to review the data collected and share information to help paddlers enjoy safe and pleasant experiences, the release stated.
After collecting input at the open houses, the development team will do a gap analysis and make recommendations to public landowners including forest preserve districts, park districts, county and municipal governments to improve non-motorized recreation on the Fox River.
The other two open houses are also from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 at the Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Parkway, Yorkville and June 28 at the city of McHenry Recreation Center, 333 S. Green St., McHenry.
The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail has been in development for several years with organizers from Illinois and Wisconsin working with the National Park Service, Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership among others.
Volunteer paddlers assisted in the collection of data on amenities at access sites, journey segments, hazards, dams and portages.
The development team is eager to promote the results of those efforts and encourage stakeholders to share their knowledge of the Fox River.
In the coming months, the development team intends to apply for inclusion in the National Park Service National Water Trail System.
More information is available online by visiting fabulousfoxwatertrail.org.