Wisconsin’s Coastal Management Program last week awarded a grant of $21,903 to Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, to assist in development and promotion of “river trails” along the East and West Twin rivers.
This project, supported by the Village of Mishicot, City of Two Rivers and WoodlandDunesNatureCenter, is intended to develop and promote improved public access to recreational opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and other water-borne recreation along the river corridors.
The initial planning effort will involve inventorying and assessing access points along the two rivers, and identifying areas where new or improved access facilities would be desirable.
Project implementation will involve installing signage at the various access points, along with maps showing other locatioins along the rivers where you can get on or off the water. This will likely lead to installation of new canoe and kayak launch ramps, to allow more people—both residents and visitors—to enjoy our area’s river trails.
Credit goes to TR City Council member Mark Bittner for advocating this project, and for convening an initial meeting of interested parties from throughout the watershed. Mark was also part of the community team that presented the funding request to the Coastal Management Program’s project selection committee in Madison last week.
When implemented, the river trails will be a great complement to our bike and pedestrian trials, to the Lake Michigan Water Trail that brings lake kayakers along our shoreline, and to the many attractions that lie along the East and West Twin rivers.
Two Rivers Rotary Supporting River Trails Project
Two Rivers Rotary has chosen the River Trails project to be a beneficiary of its annual fund-raising dinner and auction, to be held on the evening of Sunday, March 26 at the Courthouse Pub.
With great food, an array of amazing auction items, and Dr. Bob Gahl as the lakeshore’s most entertaining auctioneer, this annual Rotary event has a great following.
If you wish to make a reservation, contact any TR Rotary member—that includes Colleen Inman at Inman Jewelers in downtown Two Rivers, telephone 794-1351.
Two Rivers Rotary has generously supported many community projects and organizations through the years, including the Rotary Overlook on Mariner Trail, Rotary Pavilion at NeshotahBeach, and donations to TREP, Painting Pathways and other great local groups.
Rivers Name Change “Deferred” by State Panel
The City got word on February 3 that the WI Geographic Names Council at its January meeting voted to “defer” any action on the proposed name changes for the East and WestTwinRivers. A group of area residents had petitioned to change the names of the rivers to their historic, Native American names—the Mishicot and the Neshotah, respectively.
Noting that there were “mixed local opinions” on the proposal, and requests from some local governmental units (including the City of TR) for additional time to gather public opinion, the council indicated that it will not again consider the proposal “until there is public agreement in the form of letters supporting the changes by the Kewaunee and Manitowoc County Boards.”
The City of Two Rivers has no plans to advocate for such a change in the names of the rivers, and will only discuss this matter further if the original applicants or others in our area decide to again move this proposal forward.
(We understand that the Geographic Names Council meets only once yearly, in January.)
In the meantime, there is active discussion of promoting the above-cited river trails as the “Neshotah” and “Mishicot” trails, respectively. This is one of many ways to acknowledge our area’s Native American history without changing the names of Two Rivers’ most significant geographic features.
Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.