The city of Sioux City completed a long-awaited connection to the riverfront trail in the fall. 

For over a decade, bicyclists and outdoor enthusiasts waited for the city to build a section of pavement along the Missouri River that would link the city’s southernmost trail, in Chautauqua Park, to Chris Larsen Park.

The Riverfront Trail Connection Project included the construction of 1.5 miles of recreational trail linking the existing Lewis and Clark Historic Trail, along the Missouri River, from under the east side of the Bacon Creek Channel Bridge and Pedestrian Bridge; over the Bacon Creek Channel to South Lafayette Street; over the Floyd Channel; and under the west side of the Floyd Channel Bridge to the existing trail at Chris Larsen Park.

The project was developed to enhance Sioux City’s recreational trail system by improving trail connectivity from Riverside Park to Chautauqua Park. Roughly $3 million of the $3.5 million project was funded through a $1 million Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD), as well as the Iowa Recreational Trails Grant and the Iowa Transportation Alternative Program.