The Northwoods Regional ATV Trail System

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Reuse or reprinting of the trail system logo and other project materials and products is by permission only.  Please contact info@dovetailinc.org or 612-333-0430 for more information.

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This project, originally named the Aitkin-Itasca 70-Mile ATV/OHV Trail Project, includes the development of an extensive, first-rate ATV/OHV trail in Aitkin and Itasca Counties, Minnesota. The trail is designed to be environmentally sensitive, economically beneficial, and community supported.


Riders are reminded to stay away from construction areas and that it is unlawful to ride on routes where construction has not been completed.  For information about trail conditions and routes that are open in Aitkin County, click here. For information about routes in Itasca County click here.

 

 

MAPS

 

Are you interested in planning a trip on the Northwoods Regional ATV trail? For trip planning information, visit this website: http://www.northwoodsatvtrail.com/

 

General Project Map
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pdf (405 kb)

Project Map - 2010 (click here)

 

UPDATED MAP FOR 2011 (click here)


Phase I Overall Map (pdf, 260 kb)


Phase II Proposed Trails Map - NEW AUGUST 2010 (click here) (pdf, 176kb)



Segment Maps:

Solana Forest Loop (click here) (pdf) - TRAIL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Lawler Loops, North and South (pdf) UPDATED 2010 MAP AVAILABLE, CLICK HERE (pdf) - TRAIL OPEN FOR 2010 SEASON

Moose River Connection (click here) (pdf) - TRAIL OPEN FOR 2010 SEASON

Itasca Phase I and Phase II Trails (pdf) UPDATED 2010 MAP AVAILABLE, CLICK HERE (pdf, 1.2MB)



PROJECT INFORMATION

 

To watch a video about the trail system planning and design, click here.






The Northwoods Regional ATV Trail System will:


  • Focus the increasing ATV user base on an existing extensive (420+ miles) and meaningful (popular destinations) trail system within 2 hours of the Twin Cities. This should reduce potential negative impacts on natural resources, often caused by unregulated cross-country travel, by providing a well advertised "place to go" and by linking trail segments in environmentally sensitive ways
  • Connect major recreation destinations (from the Mille Lacs area, through McGregor and the Big Sandy Lake areas, and on to the Grand Rapids area) via an ATV trail to promote tourism and its associated economic impacts.
  • Revitalize local communities along and near the trail system. These communities benefit economically from seasonal snowmobile use; expanding a similar clientele (ATV users) to a larger segment of the year could have significant benefits to these small communities.

The project is directed by the 70-Mile Trail Oversight Committee with 19 members representing diverse interests and experiences from throughout the project area. Dovetail Partners and Applied Ecological Services are contracted to assist the Committee with project coordination. Committee Meetings are open to the public. Any questions or comments about the project can be directed to Katie Fernholz at Dovetail Partners, email or phone: 612-333-0430.


Committee Meetings

Date Time Location Agenda Minutes
10/2/07 7 pm LLCC pdf pdf
10/30/07 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
11/20/07 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
12/18/07 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
1/29/08 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
2/20/08 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
4/29/08 6pm Woodland Bank Hill City pdf pdf
6/16/08 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
8/25/08 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
9/22/08 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
12/1/08 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
3/23/09 6 pm Itasca County Fairgrounds pdf pdf
5/12/09 6 pm Itasca County Fairgrounds pdf pdf
8/11/09 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
10/6/09 6 pm

Jackson's Hole, Lawler

pdf pdf
11/17/09 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
2/09/10 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
3/16/10 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
5/4/10 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
6/8/10 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
7/14/10 - Grand Opening
2 pm Jackson's Hole, Lawler
8/24/10 - Open House
7 pm
Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf

pdf (notes)

pdf (presentation)

8/31/10 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
10/14/10 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
1/4/11 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
4/12/11
6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
8/2/11 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
10/11/11 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
1/17/12 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
4/10/12 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf
6/7/12 - Grand Opening Event
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9/25/12 6 pm LLCC pdf pdf
4/24/13 6 pm Quadna Mtn Resort, Hill City pdf pdf

 

Project Resources


GIS Plan (pdf)

Information about the data sources to be used and evaluation process.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Sheet
(pdf)

Project background, planning process, and other information.


Red Top ATV Loop Trail Survey Final Report (pdf)

In January 2008, the Oversight Committee for the 70-Mile Trail Project in Aitkin and Itasca Counties, Minnesota conducted a survey with the objective of gaining information related to the perceived noise impacts of ATV trails.


Proposed Phase 2 ATV Trail Segment Survey – Itasca County
Survey Results Report - 70-Mile Trail Project (pdf)
August 2009

The Oversight Committee for the 70-Mile Trail Project in Aitkin and Itasca Counties, Minnesota conducted a survey with the objective of gaining information about the perceived impacts of alternative Phase II trail routes in Itasca County.


FINAL “70 Mile Trail” All-Terrain Vehicle/Off Highway Motorcycle Monitoring, Maintenance, and Enforcement Plan (pdf)

This ATV/OHM trail monitoring, maintenance, and enforcement plan has been developed to guide monitoring general trail conditions, determining relative amounts of use and use patterns, determining impacts to the environment, establishing trail maintenance procedures, and monitoring adherence to state laws and county ordinances regarding ATV and OHM use.


Summary of Public Comments and Committee Responses (pdf)

Approved by the Committee 1/29/08


Aitkin-Itasca 70-Mile OHV Trail EAW
(pdf), EQB Publication date August 11, 2008 (deadline for public comments September 10, 2008)


Record of Decision EAW (pdf)

(Aitkin County Board of Commissioners, October 28, 2008) Click here for more information


Northwoods Regional Trail Phase II EAW (pdf), EQB Publication date November 15, 2010 (deadline for public comments December 15, 2010)


Record of Decision - Phase II EAW (pdf)

(Aitkin County Board of Commissioners, January 11, 2011)


Aitkin Age 8/27/08 Article about Managing ATV Use (pdf)

Aitkin Age 9/23/09 Article about Managing ATV Use (pdf)


Project Poster (pdf)
General Information about the project and contact information.


Project Comment Form (doc)

Form for submiting comments on the project. Comments can also be submitted via email to: info@dovetailinc.org.



Project Progress Reports

Information about the project, work to date and next steps.

January 2008 (pdf)

 

April 2008 (pdf)

 

July 2008 (pdf)

 

December 2008 (pdf)

 

June 2009 (pdf)

 

November 2009 (pdf)

 

March 2011 (pdf)

 


Lawler Loops ATV Trail - Progress Report, 8/11/09

(If the picture and video are not visible, please click here to view the video at YouTube.)






General Information and News


Links and Resources (click here)

Information about trail design, recreational managment, and regulations.


  • Yamaha Awards Grant of $10,000 to Aitkin County Land Department 02/03/2009 - (Aitkin, MN) – The Aitkin County Land Department (ACLD) is pleased to announce it has received a Yamaha OHV Access Initiative grant of $10,000 to support the 70-Mile ATV/OHM Trail Project. Read more....
  • Polaris Foundation Provides Grant to Support 70-Mile Trail Project - Funding to Support Trail Maps and Signage. The Polaris Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to support the development of the 70-Mile ATV/OHM trail project. The funding will be used to support the development of trail maps and signs to support quality user experiences.
  • Kick-Off Meetings Held for 70-Mile Trail Project: Aitkin, MN (12/4/07) – More than 150 people attended two kick-off meetings for the 70-Mile Trail project. The project includes approximately 70 miles of new ATV/OHM recreational trail segments to be located in Aitkin and Itasca Counties. The project was proposed by the Land Departments in Aitkin and Itasca Counties and is supported with state funding through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Read more..
  • Recreational Trail Planned for Aitkin and Itasca Counties: Aitkin, MN – (11/1/07) Approximately 70 miles of new recreational trail segments are being planned in North-Central Minnesota. The plan is for the new segments to link existing trails and create a system that totals nearly 500 miles. Read more...
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