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Who are Friends of the Blue Star Trail?

Friends of the Blue Star Trail is an all volunteer organization located in Casco Township, Allegan County, Michigan. Its purpose is to assist area governmental units, the county parks department and the county road commission in the development and promotion of a proposed 20 mile recreation pathway. Read more...

Construction Begins!

 

 

 

 

At long last our trailway has started! We have completed a section of off road trail along the west side of Blue Star Highway in Saugatuck Township. 

The Bicycle

 

 

 

 

The fourth article in a series on the benefits of outdoors biking, written for the Allegan  County Community Foundation Spotlight newsletter, by Mike McCarthy. Please share with your friends and neighbors. Read more...

Friends of the Blue Star Trail

Interview with the Friends of The Blue Star Trail President

Jeanne, what  has happened since January?

Trail Construction:  Phase II Saugatuck Township (North Sector) construction is underway on Blue Star Highway from North Avenue south to Old Allegan Road.

Construction Linkage: To link with the existing trailway in Saugatuck Township which now stops at Holland Street, we are assessing an option immediately north of North Avenue in Saugatuck Township.  Should this opportunity come to fruition, we plan to construct in Fall 2018 if we have the community match dollars in hand.

We are in discussions with the City of Saugatuck to determine how best to connect from Old Allegan Road to Lake Street.  Our most recent proposal to council members is to continue 982 ft. of construction south along Blue Star Highway’s westside to Lake Street.

Government Funding: Meanwhile, we have submitted an MDOT TAP (federal funds) application on May 1, 2017 and a DNR Trust Fund Application (Michigan funds) on April 1.

This proposed section is in Saugatuck Township from the I-196 Exit 36 Overpass to the Saugatuck Woods sub-division at Fallen Leaf Trail St and Blue Star Highway.  We are working closely with MDOT staff and believe we have strong chance of getting approval.  The big IF is our ability to provide the required community match of $100,000.  So…. please support our upcoming fund raising events. Also consider pledging this year, if you have not done so already. Having a committed base of support helps enormously in persuading local foundations and government sources to fund us.

MDOT West Michigan Regional Plan: We are meeting again with West Michigan regional MDOT planning consultants next month. The purpose is to finalize a non-motarized transportation plan for the 13 county-West Michigan Grand Region. The Blue Trail in its 20-mile entirety is included as part of this visionary plan for West Michigan that will guide public and private initiatives in the years to come. 

Lakeshore Harvest Ride. Expect a BIG make-over for our annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride this year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th from 8:00AM-3:00PM.  Our tour offers 12, 25,  45 and  62 mile routes.  Register early for discounts at our website www.fotbst.org .

Please let us know your thoughts and questions as we continue to construct our trailway. a reality. We value your opinion. Contact us at infor@fotbst.org.

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6th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride

This year's event will again start at Schultz Park in Douglas, with an additional starting point at the Kal-Haven Trail Head in South Haven. Mark your calendars for September 9, 2017. For online registration, waver forms, maps and directions to the starting points check with  Lakeshore Harvest Ride - 2017.

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are the key to our success! The time and effort volunteers spend with our events and many projects helps to make the
Blue Star Trail a reality. If you are interested in being a volunteer send us an email to let us know.

Early Registration

Register before August 15, 2017 for the Lakeshore Harvest Ride and receive a $15 discount. Pass the word to your bike club and local bike store. Join the fun by registering online.
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Fundraising Activities

Fundraising is an integral part of our mission. Through fundraising events, membership drives and generous donations we will acquire the money to construct the Blue Star Trail.
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