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PHASE 1 and 2 OF THE TRAIL IS OPEN FOR USE!

The Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail will be a paved 10-foot wide, approximately 14-mile long trail, mostly detached from Boyne City Road. The trail will be constructed in five (5) phases.

Phase2
Inside the AmericInn

Phase 2

Phase2

Phase 2 was constructed in 2017, and is now complete! A ribbon-cutting / dedication ceremony on September 21st occurred at the AmericInn by Wyndham, 11800 US-31, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Phase2
Trail from US-31
Trail on Boyne City Road along Susan Lake

Phase 2 begins at the Little Traverse Wheelway in Hayes Township, east of Waller Road, crosses US-31 and follows a series of easements across private property to Boyne City Road east of the Argonne Supper Club, and then runs parallel to, but separate from Boyne City Road within the road right-of-way on the north (Susan Lake) side of the road to Quarterline Road, southeast of Susan Lake, for a distance of 2.97 miles.

Trailway
Trail on Boyne City Road along Susan Lake

At the point where the trail meets Boyne City Road east of the Argonne Supper Club, a trail spur runs west within the right-of-way on the north side of the road to Eastern Avenue to create an access point for Pine Point Subdivision. Trail users can follow Eastern Avenue to Lake Charlevoix where there is a public access with a picnic area and swimming beach.

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What’s Going On Now:

•Grant applications/fundraising for Phase 3

What’s Next:

     •Finalize plans for trailhead at Park of the Pines (Phase 3)

     •Continue with grant applications/fundraising for Phase 3

     •Construction of Phase 3 and trailhead – Planned for 2020

Project Partners, City of Boyne City, Evangeline Township, City of Charlevoix, Hayes Township, Charlevoix Township, Bay Township, Charlevoix County, Community Foundation, Frey Foundation, Great Lakes Energy People Fund, North Country Bicycle Club, Top of Michigan Trails Council, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of, Natural Resources/Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Charlevoix County Road Commission, OHM Advisors. 

Funding for this project comes from public and private funds, grants, and individual donations.  A special thank you to all of our project donors for your generous support!

Phase 1
City of Boyne.    $11,072
Evangeline Township.    $33,216
Charlevoix County Community Foundation Grant.    $26,800
North Country Bicycle Club/Top of Michigan Trails Council Donation.    $17,512
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant.    $300,000
MDOT/Transportation Enhancement Grant.    $768,900
TOTAL.    $1,157,500

Phase 2
City of Charlevoix.    $12,000
Charlevoix Township.    $11,000
Hayes Township.    $39,000
Charlevoix County Community Foundation Grant.    $251,100
Frey Foundation Grant.    $40,000
North Country Bicycle Club/Top of Michigan Trails Council Donation.    $10,000
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant.    $300,000
MDOT/Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant.    $500,000
TOTAL.    $1,163,100

Phase 3 – Funding Goal:  $1,060,000

Funds raised to date:

Charlevoix County.    $10,000
Bay Township.    $33,000
Charlevoix County Community Foundation Grant.    $8,000
Great Lakes Energy People Fund Grant.    $10,000
North Country Bicycle Club/Top of Michigan Trails Council Donation.    $10,000

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant.    $300,000 (pending)

DNR Recreation Passport Grant.    $95,000 (pending)
MDOT/Transportation Alternatives Program Grant.    $555,000 (pending)

The North Country Bicycle Club, with assistance from the Top of Michigan Trails Council, has held community fundraising events to help raise funds (private donations) for the trail.  Local businesses, including the Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City, The Villager Pub in Charlevoix, and Bella Vita Restaurant in Evangeline Township, have participated in these fundraising events.

Several landowners have generously donated permanent easements across their property for the Trail (Phase 2). Some of the easements will enable the trail to take a shortcut from the Little Traverse Wheelway to join Boyne City Road to avoid the US-31/Boyne City Road intersection.  Other easements, along Boyne City Road, will enable the trail to be placed further from the road to increase safety for trail users:

Char Prop Inc. (AmericInn)

Charlevoix Club Park, LLC (Rik Lobenherz)

The Steven Ager Trust (Argonne Supper Club)

Little Traverse Conservancy

Clare & Kaye Zitka

A special thank you to our project partners and donors for your generous support!

To make a donation to the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail Project, please click HERE or send a check payable to Top of Michigan Trails Counsel (Memo Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail) to: 

Top of Michigan Trails Counsel

1687 M-119

Petoskey MI, 49770

*all donations are tax deductible

History of Trail Planning Efforts
In 2003, Charlevoix County officials held a number of meetings with bicycling enthusiasts from around the county as well as a bicycling club based in Boyne City in order to determine the level of interest and potential need for a non-motorized trail.  This led to the formation of the Boyne City to US-31 Citizens Trail Committee.  The Committee considered a number of potential trail routes, many of which were eventually rejected as being unsuitable for the average rider, especially children and those with disabilities, due to long, steep inclines.

Further meetings led to the decision by the Committee to develop the trail parallel to Boyne City Road to join up with the Little Traverse Wheelway.  County officials, accompanied by Committee members, then met with the Township Planning Commissions and Township Boards of the communities along the route, all of whom subsequently adopted resolutions of support for the development of this non-motorized trail.

In 2010, in order to address public concerns over the proposed trail, the Charlevoix County Parks Committee formed a Non-motorized Trail Steering Committee, composed of residents and local officials along the trail route.  With the assistance of MSU Extension, through a series of public meetings, the Steering Committee identified citizen concerns and then developed recommendations on how to address those concerns.

As a result of the Committee’s recommendations, the Top of Michigan Trails Council solicited funds to hire an engineering firm to develop high resolution aerial photography of the trail route and draw in the proposed non-motorized trail, which helped facilitate gathering further public input in planning the trail.  The funds raised by the Top of Michigan Trails Council also allowed for the engineering firm to accompany County Staff in meeting with property owners along the route who had concerns, and develop solutions to those concerns.

For each phase of the trail, Charlevoix County has funded the engineering costs for conceptual plans, project cost estimates, detailed engineering plans, and assistance with the MDOT/Transportation Alternatives Program grant application process.

Originally, the trail was proposed to be constructed in two or three phases.  However, due to project cost and funding availability, it was later decided to construct the trail in five (5) phases, which brings us to where we are today.

 

CEMETERY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Hayes Township is seeking individuals interested in serving on an Undine Cemetery Committee. This is an advisory committee that meets as needed.

The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees about future improvements to the cemetery.

Please call the Clerk Marlene Golovich at 231-547-6961 or email her at clerk@hayestownshipmi.gov if you are interested

Ribbon-Cutting Phase 2 Non motorized Trail

PHASE 1 and 2 OF THE TRAIL IS OPEN FOR USE!

The Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail will be a paved 10-foot wide, approximately 14-mile long trail, mostly detached from Boyne City Road. The trail will be constructed in five (5) phases.

Phase 2 was constructed in 2017, and is now complete! A ribbon-cutting / dedication ceremony on September 21st occurred at the AmericInn by Wyndham, 11800 US-31, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Phase 2 begins at the Little Traverse Wheelway in Hayes Township, east of Waller Road, crosses US-31 and follows a series of easements across private property to Boyne City Road east of the Argonne Supper Club, and then runs parallel to, but separate from Boyne City Road within the road right-of-way on the north (Susan Lake) side of the road to Quarterline Road, southeast of Susan Lake, for a distance of 2.97 miles.

At the point where the trail meets Boyne City Road east of the Argonne Supper Club, a trail spur runs west within the right-of-way on the north side of the road to Eastern Avenue to create an access point for Pine Point Subdivision. Trail users can follow Eastern Avenue to Lake Charlevoix where there is a public access with a picnic area and swimming beach.

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Trailway
Boyne City Rd trailway at Susan Lake

HAYES TOWNSHIP TAKES NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IN REMOVING OAK TREES FROM CAMP SEA-GULL TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF OAK WILT (OW) FUNGUS.

In an email received by Supervisor Ron Van Zee from David L. Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Academic Specialist, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, David writes

“As explained over the phone, I would not worry about getting the cut wood out of the clearance area each day, unless you simply desire to do so.  Sap beetles that carry the OW fungus arrive within minutes of injury to oak trees. Hence, the sap beetles and OW fungus (if in the area) are already present regardless of where the wood is. The sap beetles may transmit the fungus to cut branches, wood chips and logs but the disease will go nowhere due to drying of the cut wood material. Continue reading HAYES TOWNSHIP TAKES NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IN REMOVING OAK TREES FROM CAMP SEA-GULL TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF OAK WILT (OW) FUNGUS.

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