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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Wright County begins a process to master plan the Great River Regional Trail

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Wright County begins a process to master plan the Great River Regional Trail 

Wright County, in partnership with the cities of Clearwater, Monticello, and Otsego, is working on a master plan for the proposed Great River Regional Trail. The trail is envisioned as an off-road, paved, non-motorized destination trail for walking, running, bicycling, and inline skating. Winter use may include winter walking and bicycling if the trail is plowed or cross-country skiing and fat tire biking if the trail has snow and is groomed.

The trail will provide visual and physical connections to the Mississippi River where feasible and may be linked to the Mississippi River state water trail to provide a canoe/kayak and bicycle loop route. Additional amenities and facilities along the trail may include campsites, trailheads, cultural interpretation, wayfinding signage, rest stops, and connections to local destinations.

The master plan will be developed to meet Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission (GMRPTC) requirements and will include: a planned trail route to inform future decisions related to trail development and acquisition, an ecological/land resources plan, a programming plan, an operations and management plan, and a sustainability plan. Learn more about the GMRPTC here:

Visit the project website to learn more and find links to an online survey and interactive map:

Want to provide your input?

Watch for members of the planning team at these upcoming events:

Monticello Walk and Roll – Saturday, June 8th

Bertram Blast – Saturday, July 20th

Clearwater Heritage Days – August 2nd -3rd

A public open house TBD later in the summer

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