August Trails Talk


The Sportsman’s 6th Annual Tiki Ride had its biggest event yet on August 1 as it brought in several hundred riders and a $3,500 donation to Dickinson County Trails.  The ride grows bigger and better every year and with matching grant funds the proceeds will garner over $14,000 for trail development.  DCTB thanks Sportsman’s, their staff and the many volunteers that work so hard to make this fun event happen.

 Trail in progress 


A number of 2020 projects have been completed so far this summer that include 2.6 miles of new trail development along with over 4 miles of surface overlays. However, construction continues into September on Tatanka Ska Trace that will add another 2.7 miles to the rail trail starting from Hudson Avenue in Spirit Lake and going west to reach Highway 86.  Before the end of fall, the trails system will have grown by over 5 miles!  The DCTB is excited to see so many people using these new trail routes and we look forward to more miles to build in 2021.



As trail Hope Rollsprojects continue into the fall and with the many projects slated for 2021, the DCTB continues to raise funds for these exciting developments.  We are also collaborating with Hope Rolls-Dickinson County in a fundraiser raffle that will benefit both Dickinson County Trails and Hope Rolls.  Funds raised will be split between trail development and to provide a custom adaptive bicycle for a local child with special abilities so they can enjoy the trails as much as we do.  Raffle tickets may be purchased online at or from DCTB members and Okoboji Expedition Company.  The raffle will include a grand prize of a Specialized Turbo E-bike along with other fun prizes. The drawing will be held on Saturday, September 19 and you do not need to be present to win.  Donations of any amount are also being accepted online at or Please visit Hope Rolls-Dickinson County’s Facebook page for more information on this wonderful organization and their work to provide every kid of every ability the opportunity to experience the joy of biking with their families.


29TH ANNUAL U OF O OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE: Registration is open for this year’s Oktoberfest ride that will be held Saturday, September 26 – Enjoy this fun bike ride along the scenic trails and lakeside roads of the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Registration includes a wristband to receive food and drink deals throughout the area, drink tickets and a long sleeve t-shirt.  There are a number of optional pit stops along the route and then return to the Arnolds Park greenspace for additional games, activities, live entertainment, food and beer.  For event information and ride registration visit

As always, Happy Trails to You and Yours.
Erin Reed, DCTB Executive Director