- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - A group creating a 27-mile water trail along the Cass River is seeking federal designation for the trail through the U.S. National Park Service.

Officials from Cass River Greenway, a local conservation group focused on the Cass River corridor, announced that the federal agency has agreed to help the group in its application for designation as a “National Water Trail,” MLive (http://bit.ly/2dX0s0c ) reported.

The service lists more than 20 such trails running along rivers, lakes and other waterways in 22 states on its website.

The Cass River Water Trail stretches along the river and connects Bridgeport, Frankenmuth and Vassar. The ongoing project includes a series of canoe and kayak launch sites, parking and restroom facilities, as well as promotional material and informational signs along the river.

The project was given about a half a million dollars through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to help build a trailhead and improve facilities, in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth.

National Parks Service grants announced this week are through the agency’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.

Other trust fund grants over 550,000 announced earlier this year went toward the trailhead in Bridgeport, fishing facilities and boat launch renovations and another launch site near Bridgeport.

The Michigan program coordinator for the National Park Service, Barbara Nelson-Jameson, praised the work that has already been done to develop the water trail and looks “forward to working with the Cass River Greenway partners on an exemplary water trail with opportunities for recreation, education, and conservation that the public can explore and enjoy.”

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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