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Cuyuna Trail conditions 'superb' folllowing work day

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CROSBY — More than 40 volunteers helped with maintenance projects on the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails during a work day March 31.

The trail care crew moved downed trees, rocks and even rebuilt the trail in several areas, including the Miner’s Mountain and Switchback trails. The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew and DNR are relying on volunteers to help maintain the 25 miles of mountain bike trails in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. They are planning monthly trail care crew work days throughout the riding season.

“The turnout was unbelievable. We had people from Minneapolis, Duluth and the local area help out with trail repair,” said Nick Statz, director of trail maintenance for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew. “It really is a testament to how important these trails are to people in so many communities.”

Steve Weber of the DNR reported the trails are in superb condition following the work day, and he recommends that riders check out the trail care crew’s work, especially on Switchback, near Portsmouth Mine Lake.

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, a division of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, meets at 7 p.m. at the Hallett Center on the first Thursday of every month. Visit for more trail updates and events.

OHV/ATV trails

Some of Minnesota’s off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails have been closed due to the spring melt. So where can all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other OHV enthusiasts ride their machines until the ground dries out enough to reopen those other trails?

According to the DNR, there are a number of good options throughout Minnesota that are available and open to OHV riding, not just now but year-round. When considering public areas, riders should focus on trails located on well-drained sites.

Also according to the DNR, the best options for spring and year-round riding include portions of the Soo Line Trail north and south for ATVs — in the greater Brainerd lakes area, the Soo Line may be picked up off Highway 10 just south of Little Falls.

More trail information may be found at Updates regarding seasonal closures and other trail information may be found on the DNR’s website at Online road and trail condition information is updated every Thursday by 2 p.m. For closures and updates, go to “Current Conditions” or call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free at (888) 646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

FOR UPDATES ON TRAILS in the greater Brainerd lakes area, follow Brian S. Peterson, outdoors editor, via Twitter at or check the trails report that will appear weekly in Outdoor Traditions in the Dispatch’s Weekend Edition. To report trail conditions of note, email

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