Winter Fat Biking Pilot Project
We've launched a pilot project to help people find safe and appropriate places to ride fat bikes this winter. Groomed snowmobile and ski trails may look appealing, but most of these trails are not open to other uses due to safety concerns and the fact their grooming costs are paid through user fees.
Here are the trails we recommend that welcome fat bikes. Click on the map for more information:
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Fat biking has been an emerging winter sport in the Midwest for several years and is expected to continue to grow in popularity.
A fat bike is a bicycle with large, low pressure tires designed for travel over snow or sandy soil. The standard equipment guidelines for a fat bike that will be primarily ridden on snow are:
For information about a specific trail, click on the map above to go to the state park or state trail's main page—most of them provide at least a weekly update. If you have additional questions or are uncertain if a trail is open or safe for fat biking, please give us a call:
Winter fat biking is allowed on trails that are signed and identified on DNR maps as open to fat biking, such as:
*NOTE: Most groomed ski and snowmobile trails do not allow other uses. Skier and snowmobiler user fees pay for grooming and maintenance.
Lake Bemidji State Park: There will be a one day special event at the park March 4, 2017, when all ski trails in the park will open to fat biking. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event will start at 11 a.m. Get more event details here.
Minnesota State Parks and Trails recommends these places to go fat biking this winter:
Groomed snowmobile and ski trails may look appealing as you're scouting areas to ride, but most of these trails are not open to other uses due to safety concerns and the fact their grooming costs are paid through user fees. Please be thoughtful and courteous as you seek out places to enjoy winter fat biking.
Fat biking is not allowed on:
Fat biking safety tips:
Be aware of winter conditions:
Overcast skies causing "flat light" and white-out blizzards can make it hard to see the trail. In white-out conditions, there are no shadows, horizon or clouds, and all depth perception and orientation may be lost. Riding during this weather is not recommended.
"Flat light" can obscure features and terrain. Visual references are important for safe riding. Please go slow and use caution in these conditions.
There is no such thing as "safe ice," and ice seldom freezes uniformly. The terrain can greatly change with icy conditions, and the ice may not be uniform. Please use extreme caution.