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Air up your mountain bicycle tires, and dust off those hiking boots, Litchfield Lake Lou Yaeger’s newest amenity is a Hike/Bike trail.

AmerenIP awards 2005 Bright Ideas grant to City of Litchfield

A Two thousand dollar grant has been awarded to the City of Litchfield through the AmerenIP Bright Ideas grant program. The money will be used for trailhead and vegetation signage, as well as benches along the Lake Lou Yaeger Hike/Bike Trail.

The Lake Lou Yaeger Hike/Bike Trail is approximately 1.15 miles of trail with a proposed 6.6 miles when the project is completed. Sections are setup for the more adventurous with portions keeping the beginners in mind. The Trail has many great views of the natural landscape that Lake Lou Yaeger is known for.

The Trail supports community development through enhanced lake recreation. The shared-use trail allows visitors to experience this natural environment through hiking and biking both leisure and off road. The new development promotes tourism and increased economic impact through its use and provides additional recreational activity to both adults and youth within the community.

The AmerenIP Bright Ideas grant is available to fund improvements in education, minority affairs, special constituencies, health & safety/environment, and community/economic development. Grants totaling Two thousand dollars each were awarded to 50 non-profit groups, schools, school organizations, or city/county governments in the AmerenIP service territory. The Bright Ideas grant program has been in place since 1998.

The Lake Lou Mountain Bike Club (LLMBC) is being organized under the direction of Mr. Rod Hall. Mr. Hall is an avid mountain bike rider as well as Vice-Chairman of the Tourism Advisory Committee. Club functions include organized rides, trail maintenance, and bike advocacy. More information on the Lake Lou Mountain Bike Club can be obtained through their website or contact Mr. Rod Hall at (217) 324-3157.