DNR seeks input on Houston off-highway vehicle trail proposal

March 5, 2020


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public comments on a proposal by the city of Houston to obtain off-highway vehicle grant-in-aid funding for an off-highway vehicle trail.

The proposed 7.5-mile trail, known as the Houston Trail, would be located in the South Park area of the city and would accommodate all-terrain vehicles, off-road vehicles and off-highway motorcycles.

In 2015, the city contracted with the U.S. Forest Service Trails Unlimited team to design a sustainable motorized trail system. Sustainable trail systems provide an enjoyable recreational experience while reducing maintenance and potential impacts to the natural environment. The city of Houston and several off-highway vehicle clubs would provide trail maintenance for the project.

The DNR will accept written comments on the grant-in-aid proposal until 4:30 p.m. on April 6. Comments may be submitted:

  • Via email to [email protected].
  • Via mail to Jess Althoff, area supervisor, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 3555 9th St NW, Suite 350, Rochester, MN 55901.

A map of the proposed trail segments and the Federal Environmental Assessment and Trails Unlimited report can be found on the project’s webpage.

For more information, call Jess Althoff at 507-206-2845.