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New trail connecting Hancock and Lake Linden

More big news for recreational opportunities between Hancock and Lake Linden. The Department of Natural Resources is already committed to repairing damage from the Father’s Day Flood for the snowmobile and ATV/UTV trail next year. The Houghton County Recreational Authority is planning a route for hikers and cyclists, according to Commissioner Tom Tikkanen.

Glenn (Anderson) and I were both part of an online meeting for the potential for a non-motorized trail, almost parallel in some cases to the motorized trail between the City of Hancock and the Village of Lake Linden.

Tikkanen says the opportunity shows the real benefits of the informal committee, made up of representatives from a majority of municipalities, along with county officials. The affected townships, villages and cities have to support a project first, before it is adopted by the Recreation Authority, says Commissioner Glenn Anderson.

It’s an opportunity as Tom said, which if there is support among the townships (Franklin, Osceola, Schoolcraft, Torch Lake), the Village of Lake Linden, and the City of Hancock, they could altogether push a project. The funding is probably available to make that a nonmotorized trail, and repair the flood damage, if there is support among local governments.

Additionally, the Natural Resources Trust Fund has recently approved a study to improve accessibility to the Houghton-Douglass Falls. The project will eventually be recognized as a Veterans Memorial Park.

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