Calumet Stewardship Initiative

Friends of the Calumet - Sag Trail


The Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail is a membership-supported organization of volunteers, trail users, trail advocates, community representatives, business people, bicyclists, walkers, naturalists – a really great mix of people – who want the Calumet-Sag Trail built and are having fun making that happen.  We meet almost monthly in communities up and down the Cal-Sag and Calumet River to talk about trail progress, the communities that will benefit from it, opportunities to promote the trail, and frankly to just be with others who love this trail idea. 


We raise funds that can be used to supplement private and public funding to build the trail and the amenities that will enhance its use. We distribute trail brochures and posters within our communities, exhibit at community events, partner with other organizations and groups, and talk to our neighbors and friends and communities about the Calumet-Sag Trail, its Triple Bottom Line of benefits, and the wonderful features along the corridor right now.  The Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trail is a 501c3 non-profit, so all membership dues and contributions are tax deductible. One hundred percent of your contribution goes toward completing this trail and promoting and expanding its Triple Bottom Line impact on our corridor’s communities.


The Calumet-Sag Trail will be a multi-use path built almost entirely along the banks of the Calumet-Sag Channel and Calumet River, open by 2014.  Along 30 miles of waterway from Lemont in the west to Burnham in the east, the Calumet-Sag Trail will stitch together more than 185,000 people in fourteen communities. It will connect them to regional trails, transit systems, retail areas, parks, forest preserves, marinas, nature centers, and the legacies of Big Steel, immigrant communities and the Underground Railroad. 

The Calumet-Sag Trail will be built by trail advocates, park districts, towns, real estate developers, foundations, corporations, politicians, and public health agencies. But mostly it will be built by sharing a vision of a Southland enriched by a trail. Explore the maps, the video, and the news links to the left. Then consider connecting with us by becoming a member.  See you on the trail!



Contact Information:  (708) 365- 9365 or [email protected]

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