Matthew Lourey State Trail Master Plan Amendment

The Matthew Lourey State Trail (formerly known as the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Trail or Willard Munger Trail East) is a multi-use, natural and gravel surface trail, with approximately 80 miles developed from southern Carlton County to southern Pine County. The trail is primarily located on DNR-administered lands, including Nemadji, St. Croix and Chengwatana state forests, and St. Croix State Park.

Master Plan Amendment

The purpose of this master plan amendment is to add Class I- and Class II-All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Off Highway Motorcycle (OHM) use to four separate segments of the Matthew Lourey State Trail, formerly known as the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Trail.

The four segments have a combined length of approximately 23.3 miles, joining trail segments already open to such uses which will establish a combined total of approximately 47 miles of continuous ATV/OHM use along this existing 80-mile state trail. These changes are primarily located within the Nemadji and St. Croix State Forests.

  • The amendment includes the addition of winter ATV use (Class-I and Class-II) along the Matthew Lourey State Trail in the Nemadji and St. Croix State Forests, sharing the groomed trail corridor with snowmobiles (from Harlis Road Parking lot to County Road 173 parking lot).
  • No ATV or OHM use is proposed for Matthew Lourey Trail segments within St. Croix State Park.
  • No new trail segments are proposed for development as part of this amendment. All proposed changes will occur on the existing trail.

The Matthew Lourey State Trail Master Plan Amendment was reviewed and approved by the Parks and Trails Division Director in May, 2012.

Download the approved master plan amendment This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (7.2 MB)

Public Review

The draft amendment was available for public review during March 2012 and an open house was held in Rutledge on March 8, 2012. All comments received were carefully considered and a summary of the input is provided in the appendix of the master plan amendment.

Additional Information

Environmental Review

In 2011, an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) was completed for these proposed changes to the Matthew Lourey State Trail. The DNR, which served as the Responsible Government Unit, concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required because the project does not have the potential for significant environmental effects.

Read the EAW and Record of Decision.

Learn More

Diane K. Anderson, Planner
Division of Parks and Trails
Email: diane.k.anderson@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-259-5614

M.C. Torgerson, Area Supervisor
Division of Parks and Trails
Email: martin.c.torgerson@state.mn.us
Phone: 218-485-5410

Mark Wester, Acquisition and Development Specialist
Division of Parks and Trails
Email: mark.wester@state.mn.us
Phone: 218-485-5410