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Ferry County trail gets $100,000 grant

This 770 foot railroad trestle across the north end of Curlew Lake is a key feature in the 33-mile Ferry County Rail Trail  that runs along an abandoned railway from Republic to the Canada border. (Bob Whittaker)
This 770 foot railroad trestle across the north end of Curlew Lake is a key feature in the 33-mile Ferry County Rail Trail that runs along an abandoned railway from Republic to the Canada border. (Bob Whittaker)

TRAILS — A $100,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation will help put railings and other safety features on a 770-foot trestle — one of the jewels in the rough of the rail trail that runs 33 miles from Republic to the Canada border.

The Ferry County Rail Tail Partners group, which received the information this week, is planning a small celebration to be held in conjunction with Rail Tail Ski Day, set for Jan. 15 in Curlew.  Activities includ free ski clinics and gear us, along with snowshoeing.

These types of state transportation enhancement funds will be vital for developing the trail into a facility the communities can enjoy and will also draw much needed recreational tourism dollars to the area, said Bob Whittaker, FCRTP president.

The trail runs along a scenic route past Curlew Lake State Park as well as along the Kettle River.




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