The Iowa Great Lakes Trail winds its way through the Iowa Great Lakes region, which offers plenty of outdoor opportunities for visitors-from its popular blue lakes and sandy beaches to quieter natural areas, many protected with INHF assistance. The multi-use Iowa Great Lakes Trail provides local citizens and visitors a safe place to bike, walk, rollerblade, run and cross-country ski. The trail winds along rural, community and nature areas in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes Region, including Spirit Lake, Okoboji, West Okoboji, Wahpeton, Arnolds Park, Milford, Orleans and Lake Park.
The “spine” of the system is a 15-mile, ten-foot wide, hard-surface trail that accommodates two-way recreational traffic. Connecting to the Spine Trail are several other trails to explore, including the West Okoboji Trail, Kenue Park Trail, Arnolds Park City Trail, Spirit Lake City Trail and Tatanka Ska Trace (rail trail to Lake Park). The Spine Trail also joins the Loon Lake Trail in Jackson County, MN at Mini-Wakan State Park on the north end of Big Spirit Lake.
Policies & Reports
USE OF TRAILS & POWER-DRIVEN MOBILITY DEVICESopens PDF file
(E-Bikes, Pedal-Assist Bicycles, Segways or Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices)
MOTORIZED VEHICLE APPLICATION & POLICYopens PDF file
(Use of Motorized Vehicles for Disabled Persons)
The Seniors and Lawmen Together team (S.A.L.T.) is a group of volunteers who patrol the trails of the Iowa Great Lakes region during the summer months. From May through October the volunteers ride a donated Polaris ATV from the north end of the trail around Big Spirit Lake to the south end at Milford and along the west side of West Lake Okoboji. A typical summer will see the S.A.L.T. team log over 6,000 miles while maintaining the safety of the bikers, walkers and rollerbladers who utilize the trail system. Each volunteer is trained and certified to operate the ATV and also carries a cell phone and radio to report emergencies and problems to the Communications Center. Aside from emergencies, the trail patrol also provides information, water and carries air pumps for bicycles.