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Outdoors Notes: DNR eyes input on ATV trail

The DNR invites public review and written comments on a proposal from Crow Wing County for funding of a 53-mile Grant-In-Aid all-terrain vehicle recreational trail within existing county and state road rights-of-way.  

The DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.

ATV use of the entire corridor is already allowed by law. Bringing the trail into the Grant-In-Aid system would allow GIA funds to be used for maintenance, repair, safety improvements, monitoring and enforcement.  

Crow Wing County would sponsor, operate, maintain and manage the trail in conjunction with three supporting ATV clubs: the Central Minnesota Wheelers ATV Association, the Pine Center Sportsman’s OHV Club and the Central Lakes Riders OHV Club. The trail would link the Fort Ripley and Ripley Connection ATV trails with the Pine Center ATV Trail. 

Copies of the proposal are available on the DNR website at, at the DNR Parks and Trails office, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd; and the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., Suite 12, Brainerd.

Written comments on the proposal may be emailed to david.clute@state., faxed to 833-8668 or mailed to David Clute, assistant area supervisor, DNR Parks and Trails, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401. 

For more information or to request a print copy of the proposal, call Clute at 833-8717 or the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367.

AIS seminar slated Wednesday

A free aquatic invasive species seminar for lake service professionals is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist church, 29286 Highway 371, Pequot Lakes. 

The event is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, Minnesota Waters and the DNR. It will provide participants with DNR certification on the best management practices to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. All boat, watercraft and dock dealers or installers as well as fishing guides and other lake service professionals are urged to attend. Professionals who attended previous AIS seminars should attend again this year to receive the new certification and learn up-to-date information.

Register at the door or RSVP to Courtney Kowalczak, Minnesota Waters Program director, at or (218) 343-2180.

Let’s Go Fishing Day planned

Let’s Go Fishing Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 at Mills Ford on Highway 371 in Baxter.

The event will feature numerous contests and clinics for kids and adults, door prizes and food (hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and pop). Admission is free.

Let’s Go Fishing, which has a chapter in Brainerd, is a volunteer-based nonprofit that helps get seniors out on the water and fishing.

ATV Spring Fling scheduled

The fourth annual Spring Fling for all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts is April 17 at The Old Waterfall off Highway 371 north of Brainerd.

Social hour is at 2:30 p.m., with speakers at 3:30 p.m. and a buffet meal at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $12.50 for adults and $5 for youths 10 and younger.

The event is sponsored by the Central Lakes ATV Club and Cuyuna Iron Range Riders. For more information, call Larry Moses at (218) 821-6444, Russell Heiltola at (218) 825-0441 or Jan Walters at (218) 746-3346.