Ed Chappel Boardwalk
Exact Location:
Lake County- through Sterling Marsh. On the trail between the Jenks Road Trailhead and 96th St.
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Ed Chappel Boarkwalk
One section of the Ed Chappel Boardwalk (photo by jhy)

The Ed Chappel Boardwalk is actually a series of 13 raised boardwalks of varying lengths. These were built by the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association. The project was completed in 2011, and was the culmination of over ten years of various experiments to get the trail out of the water in this perennially wet area.

Ed Chappel and Ed Morse
Ed Chappel, left, receives the NCT national Trail Builder of the Year award. Ed Morse on right. (photo by jhy)
Ed Chappel served the chapter both as President and Trail Work Coordinator for many years. His dedication to improving the trail was legend. When he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, he refused to let it slow him down very much. His last big project with the chapter- design, planning, and building supervision, was the 2600 feet of boardwalk through Sterling Marsh.

Ed Chappel Boarkwalk
plaque honoring Ed Chappel (photo by jhy)
The chapter chose to dedicate the boardwalk to Ed. This plaque is located on one of the two decks included in the design.

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