This is the history of the rail trail.....The Railroad was first constructed as the Chicago and Northwestern railway in 1867.  This railroad was said to be the first tracks across Iowa. The railway was the main way to get across the state until it merged with Union Pacific Railroad Co. in 1995. This railroad was soon abandoned and purchased by the Dickinson County Trails.

Q's & A's on the Rail Trail

Q-Where is the trail located and how long does it run?

A-The trail runs 37 miles from Sibley, through Ocheydan, and Harris in Oceala County, Lake Park, Spirit lake, and ends just west Superior in Dickinson County.

Q-What is the timeline for construction?

A-2015-->1st Segment was constructed in Spirit Lake that rerouted a section of the spine trail

2017-2018-->Renovation of 4 bridges and 5 culverts to preserve and prepare for the trail construction

2019-->1 mile of construction in Spirit Lake going west toward Highway 86

2020-2023-->Spirit Lake to Highway 86 that will connect with the West Okoboji Trail

2023-2028-->Construction from Highway 86 to Lake Park

Q-How is this project being funded?

A-Over 2.6 million has been secured from federal and state funding and grants to purchase the land, renovations, and the 1st and 2nd phases of trail construction

Q-What does Tatonka Ska mean and how did it get it's name.

A-A "Rail Trail Rally" was held in June and votes were cast to name the new line Totanka Ska which is Lakota Sioux for "White Buffalo"

Q-What will the trail surface be?

A-Mostly a paved concrete surface

Q-What is a rail trail?

A-A trail that is constructed over an abandoned railroad

Q-What will the trail uses be?

A-The trails will be used for walking, biking, rollerblading, skating, and handicap accessible.

Q-How can I donate to the rail trail?