From the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail website:

The Cal-Sag Trail will be a multi-use path built almost entirely along the banks of the Cal-Sag Channel and Calumet River. Along 26 miles of waterway from Lemont in the west to Burnham in the east, the Cal-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.

Trail users will see barges. They will see bridges. They will see factories, and dams, and purple cone flowers and deer. They will see each other.


All project trails listed on are in various phases of development and may not be open for public use. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy does not manage any trails listed on To learn more about the current status of trail development, please look in the "Related Links" section below to find contact information for the local organization or agency responsible for trail management.