Minnesota River State Trail Proposal

For additional information, contact: Laurie Young, DNR Trails and Waterways Planning Supervisor, 651-259-5638.

Draft Plan for the Minnesota River State Trail (Big Stone Lake State Park to Franklin Segment)
NOTE: Files are large and may take time to download.
MN River State Trail Draft Plan, part 1 (8.6 MB) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
MN River State Trail Draft Plan, part 2 (9.4 MB) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Available for Review. Open Houses Scheduled. News Release

A draft concept plan for the Minnesota River State Trail developed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Trails and Waterways Division is available for review and comment until Monday, August 13th.

Two public open houses to review the plan have been scheduled at the following locations and times:
Montevideo: Tuesday, July 24, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Montevideo Community Center.
Redwood Falls: Thursday, July 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Redwood Community Center.

The format of both meetings will be the same. Recommendations from the plan will be summarized and displayed. DNR staff will be present to answer questions and receive comments.

The Minnesota River State Trail is a legislatively authorized state trail which when complete, will connect Big Stone Lake State Park to Le Sueur. A specific alignment has not been determined for the trail, except for a three-mile segment from Ortonville to the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

The plan identifies a corridor in which specific alignments will be sought. Points that could be connected by the trail are identified. Criteria for a trail alignment are also identified. The goal is to work with willing landowners and road authorities to acquire trail right-of-way that showcases features of the Minnesota River Valley landscape.

The plan recommends the trail be developed for the following uses: Bicycling, hiking and walking, running/ jogging, in-line skating/ skate skiing, access for fishing, horseback riding, environmental education/ interpretation, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Plans are available for review at the following locations: Ortonville, Appleton, Montevideo Granite Falls, Redwood Falls and New Ulm public libraries; and at the open houses.

Those who have trouble downloading the plan can request a hard copy to be sent. To request a plan or to offer comments or suggestions, contact DNR Trail Planning Supervisor.

Planning Supervisor: Laurie Young
E-mail: laurie.young@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-296-6690
Fax: 651-297-5475
Address: 500 Lafayette Road, Box 52
St. Paul, MN 55155.