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Border to Border Touring Trail

Trail to provide touring opportunities for highway-licensed 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles from the shores of Lake Superior to the North Dakota border. Some of the highway licensed vehicles that will use the trail may also be off-road vehicle (ORV) registered. It will:

The purpose is to provide a signed, mapped and managed touring trail for enthusiasts of licensed high clearance all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles that may also be off-road registered vehicles in addition to supporting connections to communities, amenities, scenic, cultural and historic features; while increasing awareness of ORVs.

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The Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division was given oversight of this project. The Department hired the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) external link to manage the project with the cooperation of the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association. 

"The Border-to-Border trail is an opportunity to provide a quality adventure touring and Off-Road Vehicle riding opportunity while assisting smaller, rural communities in northern Minnesota with a positive economic influx," said Rick Langness, president of the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA). "In order to accomplish both those goals, as well as to be sustainable, input from people and communities is important to planning where the trail will be located."

Public input opportunity Border to Border Trail

A series of listening sessions in January and February will provide an opportunity for public input on the Border to Border (B2B) touring off-road vehicle (ORV) trail across northern Minnesota. Individuals with suggestions about suitable and unsuitable routes for the trail can provide feedback in person at any of these listening sessions:

Clay, Norman, and Mahnomen counties
Monday, Jan. 16
6-8 p.m.

Ada Public School Commons Area
604 W. Thorpe Ave.
Ada, MN 56510

Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson, and Roseau counties
Tuesday, Jan. 17
6-8 p.m.

Crookston High School Choir Room
402 Fisher Ave.
Crookston, MN 56716

Hubbard and Becker counties
Thursday, Jan. 26
6:30-8:30 p.m.
(note the different time)
Century School Cafeteria
501 Helten Ave.
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Beltrami, Clearwater and Lake of the Woods counties
Wednesday, Jan. 25
6-8 p.m.

NW Technical College
905 Grant Ave. SE
Bemidji, MN  56601

Itasca and Aitkin counties
Monday, Jan. 30
6-8 p.m.

Blandin Foundation
100 N. Pokegama Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN  55744

Cass, Crow Wing, and Wadena counties
Tuesday, Jan. 31
6-8 p.m.

Cass County Land Department
218 Washburn Ave.
Backus, MN  56435

Cook and Lake counties
Wednesday, Feb. 15
6-8 p.m.

The Claire Nelson Center
Cramer Road
Finland, MN  55603

St. Louis and Koochiching counties
Thursday, Feb. 16
6-8 p.m.

American Legion
4543 US-53
Orr, MN  55771

Process

January - February 2017 

Informational meetings open to the public as well as local units of governments, tribes, ORV riders, tourism bureaus, chambers of commerce, other recreational trail users, other forms of outdoor recreation, private companies, private landowners, US Forest Service, etc. will be held for input regarding potential routes.

Information is sought regarding potential routes the trail could go, areas to avoid, historical or cultural points of interest, natural environment points of interest, potential routes for connections to local communities, potential areas for ORV skills development or training areas, potential areas for loops.

March 2017 - June 2018

For more information about Border to Border trail planning, contact:

Mary Straka
Division of Parks and Trails
651-259-5644
Mary.Straka@state.mn.us

Ron Potter
NOHVCC Management Solutions
Ron@nohvcc.org

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