February 2024 Trails Talk


At the beginning of each year, the DCTB takes time to visit our partner cities and provide updates on what the previous year’s trail activities involved. We are fortunate to be a part of a very supportive community of donors and local foundations along with the cities and county that make our success possible.

Below are a few numbers and highlights from the Dickinson County Trails Board 2023 Annual Report that we have been sharing with our local partners.

3.7 Miles – New trail development of Tatanka Ska Trace beginning at Market Street in Lake Park and going east to 170th Avenue.


16 Miles – Concrete and asphalt surface maintenance conducted on various trails, including Nature Center, West Okoboji, Silver Lake, Pioneer Beach, and Spine Trails.


202nd Street Trailhead – Significant changes and improvements made to the 202nd Street Trailhead in north Milford, including new concrete trail pavement and expanded parking facilities.



332,817 Trail Counts – The number of user counts tracked through 8 counters placed around the system in 2023.

2,132 Daily Counts – Average daily count of trail users from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


7 Trail Benches – New benches placed around the trail system in honor of loved ones and friends.

3 Picnic Tables – New tables placed at Clair Wilson Park, 202nd Street and Stakeout Road trailheads.


Waystation #45320 – Nationally certified and registered Monarch Waystation along the Spine Trail that was created by Sophia Hawn for her Girl Scout Gold Award.





$547,000 – Grant funding awarded through Iowa DNR REAP, Iowa Economic Development CAT and Region 3 TAP grants.






6,000+ Miles – The number of miles Seniors And Lawmen Together (SALT) volunteers log while they watch over the trails system and its thousands of users each season.









Conservation Partnership – We also shared gratitude for our partnership with the Dickinson County Conservation Board (DCCB). Brian Cuperus and Clay Pavelko with the DCCB manage all of the general trail maintenance such as mowing and trimming trees for over 50 miles of trail routes and the work they do keeps our trails in excellent condition.

Overall, 2023 was a year of significant progress and development for the Iowa Great Lakes Trails. With new development, maintenance efforts and community engagement, the trail system continues to thrive and serve as a vital recreational asset for residents and visitors alike. The partnerships with local governments, donors, foundations, and organizations like the Dickinson County Conservation Board are instrumental in ensuring the success and sustainability of the trails. As we move forward, we remain committed to enhancing and expanding the trail network, further enriching the quality of life in our community.

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