ALPENA, Mich. — Squaw Bay is one of the last undeveloped bays in all of Northeast Michigan. To give the area some life, one local group is striving to extend the Alpena Bi–Path trail.
Environmental specialists placed survey markers along the shoulder of US–23 south to determine the location for the additional 1.5 mile stretch. The current bi–path starts in town and ends at Island Drive.
A recreation and development non–profit is in the works of getting their plans for an extended bi–path trail approved before the state. South Bay president Larry Clark says it would end right before reaching the 45th parallel.
“I want to be able to use it personally myself,” said Clark, “to be able to bicycle down here to Squaw Bay. It’s just a beautiful bay and to be able to have picnics and walk down a board walk, to be able to view the lake.”
Construction would begin following the state’s approval, but there’s no official projected cost. South Bay anticipates engineering and design costs to total no more than 90–thousand dollars.