Trail Talk

October Trail Talk

DCTB SEEKS GRANT FUNDING FOR TRAIL PROJECTS

Dickinson County Trails Board submitted two grants in October through Iowa’s 2018 Federal Recreational Trails Program.  One grant was for the rail trail, Tatonka Ska Trace, from Hudson Avenue in Spirit Lake and continuing west for another mile to 219th Street.  In 2019, DCTB will be constructing a mile of this trail from Hy-Vee to Hudson Avenue and this year’s grant request will be a continuation from that segment……

 

 

 

 

September Trail Talk

HIGHWAY 71 PLAC TRAIL RIBBON CUTTING

Dickinson County Trails Board celebrated the opening of the area’s newest trail segment on September 5th. The Highway 71 PLAC Trail
involved removal and replacement of the existing trail pavement from Pearson Lakes Art Center (PLAC) to the trailhead along Highway 71.  A new trail segment was added from the trailhead north to 41st Street.  This project was made possible by a generous donation to our Dickinson County Trails Board Endowment Fund…….

 

 

August 2018 Trail Talk

SPORTSMAN’S ANNUAL TIKI BICYCLE RIDE

The fourth annual Tiki ride on August 4 was a big success bringing in $1,800 that will garner over $7,000 with matching grant funds for DCTB.  Funds raised will be used to support the Dickinson County Trails Board in planning and development of priority projects.  Thank you to Sportsman’s Pub for all of the work they do putting on this entertaining ride and for the donation to the trails!…..

 

 

 

 

July 2018 Trail Talk

BOOTS & BOOGIE BIKE BASH II

The 2018 trails fundraiser was a huge success!  Funds raised will be used to support the
Dickinson County Trails Board in planning and development of priority projects.  These projects include the Highway 71 PLAC Trail, Jones Pasture Trail, East Lake Trail and connecting Tatonka Ska Trace (rail trail) to the West Okoboji Trail at the north tunnel in Okoboji Harbor.

A huge thank you goes out to the fundraiser committee members that include Kathy Stuart, Sandi Wilmot, Karen German, Jan Stauss, Sheryl Jones, Mickey Harrington, Brigid Wilkening, Jeanne Sieh, Paula Henry and Kathy Beachem……

 

 

June 2018 Trail Talk

NEW BIKE LANES ON 190TH STREET

A joint project with the city of Arnolds Park, Dickinson County Secondary Roads and Dickinson County Trails resulted in new 8-foot concrete shoulders being paved on each side of 190th Street from Bridges Bay to 242nd Avenue.  The project addressed serious safety concerns on a busy road that sees a lot of bicycle and pedestrian traffic.  It also completes the first phase in DCTB’s long-term plan to continue trails around the east side of East Lake Okoboji.

PROJECT UPDATES:  Work continues on a new trail segment between the Pearson Lakes Art Center (PLAC) and 41st Street along Highway 71.  The new trail is scheduled to be complete in mid-July and will be a great addition to the trails system.

Maintenance projects involving trail slope stabilization and pavement replacement with new concrete have wrapped up on the Spine Trail in Milford and Okoboji.  The projects have ……..

 

May 2018 Trail Talk

SPIRIT LAKE 4TH GRADE BRAWL:  On the last day of school the Spirit Lake 4th graders had fantastic weather to enjoy the annual BRAWL (Bike Ride Around West Lake).  This 9-mile ride is put on every year by Spirit Lake Elementary physical education teacher Tim O’Hagan along with several volunteers that help make the day possible.  Mr. O’Hagan stated, “BRAWL allows us a time to actively celebrate our abilities & reflect with our classmates from our elementary school years. I love empowering students with the skills & resources to be active in and out of classroom. The most rewarding part of the summer is seeing students out on the trails or hearing testimonies of trail rides where they have introduced others to this awesome resource we have right in our backyard. We are grateful for all the volunteers………

 

April 2018 Trail Talk

SAVE THE DATE – You will not want to miss this year’s Dickinson County Trails benefit.  The Boots & Boogie Bike Bash II will be Saturday, June 30 at the new Arnolds Park Pavilion.  The event will feature live music by Georgia Clay and will benefit local trail projects including the Highway 71 PLAC Trail and signing improvements.  For sponsorship opportunities please contact us at dctrails@co.dickinson.ia.us …..

 

 

March 2018 Trail Talk

 

 

UPDATE ON CURRENT DICKINSON COUNTY TRAIL PROJECTS

Tatonka Ska Trace – Work on the rail trail bridge and culvert renovations will begin again soon.  This project ensures that nine significant structures between Spirit Lake and Allendorf are preserved and ready for trail construction.  The work on this project will be complete before summer.  Federal Recreational….

 

 

 

January 2018 Trail Talk

 

SPIRIT LAKE J-TERM STUDENT INTERNS WITH DCTB:  Karson Rodriguez, a senior at Spirit Lake High School, did his work-study with DCTB during J-Term in January.  Karson worked on developing a web page for Tatonka Ska Trace and creating a logo for the developing trail.  He plans to attend Iowa State and pursue a degree in business marketing.  Karson said he really enjoyed working with the trails because it felt like he was doing something good for the community and making Dickinson County more active.  He can’t wait to get out on the trails for a jog this summer……

 

 

November 2017 Trail Talk

 

 

 

 

MILFORD BOY SCOUT WORKS TOWARD EAGLE SCOUT RANK BY HELPING DICKINSON COUNTY TRAILS
Quinn Dodds with Milford Boy Scout Troop #170 spent Saturday November 3 installing E-911 signs along the West Okoboji Trail.  The project is part of the work he is doing to earn his Eagle Scout Rank.  Several other scouts from the…..

 

 

October 2017 Trail Talk

 

 

We have had some amazing weather to get out and enjoy the Dickinson County Trails.  We continue to see many people out walking and biking while we appreciate the cooler temperatures and fall’s abundant beauty in the Iowa Great Lakes!

TRAIL PROJECTS CONTINUE – New Bridge Near PLAC: A new bridge replaced a…..

 

 

September 2017 Trail Talk

 

 

FUN FALL TRAIL EVENTS
26TH ANNUAL U of O OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE:
  Saturday, September 30,  2017 – Enjoy this fun 24-mile bike ride around West Lake Okoboji.  You will be treated to scenic trails and lakeside roads as you take in the beauty of the Iowa Great Lakes on your bicycle.  West O Brewery will greet you with free beer at the end of the ride where they will be serving their special Oktoberfest brew.  Throughout and after the ride there will be drink and food deals all around the Lakes area.  Visit www.okobojichamber.com to register and see the rest of the Oktoberfest fun happening all weekend. Proceeds from the ride go to Dickinson County Trails…..

 

 

August 2017 Trail Talk

 

RECREATIONAL TRAIL SAFETY & IOWA BIKE LAWS
This month we are focusing on recreational trail and bicycle
safety in addition to being kind to our fellow trail users…..

 

July 2017 Trail Talk

$5,000 JULY NONPROFIT CHALLENGE
The Okoboji Foundation is inviting everyone to participate in the $5,000 July Nonprofit Challenge at GiveOkoboji.com.  The fund with the highest giving total over $5,000 in July receives an additional $5,000 from the Okoboji Foundation.  Please consider giving to the Dickinson County Trails Endowment Fund during July to help the trails win.  Gifts of any size and form are accepted online or through the Foundation.  For additional information contact Okoboji Foundation, call 712-332-7177, visit www.okobojifoundation.org or email info@okobojifoundation.org…..

June 2017 Trail Talk

RAIL TRAIL RALLY
DCTB’s 2017 fundraiser event is coming up this weekend on Saturday, June 24 at the Arnolds Park Pavilion.  This year’s event will highlight the Rail Trail and kickoff the effort to raise local matching funds for its construction.  Get your Steampunk gear on and come celebrate 37 miles of Rail Trail.  There will be music and fabulous food provided by Chef Suzanne Bicknese along with some great auction items.  You can find more information on sponsorships and tickets at www.dickinsoncountytrails.com .  Tickets are also available at The Three Sons and Okoboji Expedition Company. Thank you for your support!

May 2017 Trail Talk

TREE PLANTING ALONG RAIL TRAIL
The City of Spirit Lake received grants through Black Hills Energy Power of Trees and Alliant Energy Branching Out programs through Trees Forever to plant trees along the section of trail connecting Peoria Avenue to 15th Street. Nearly 30 volunteers from Spirit Lake High School, Dickinson County Conservation, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, DCTB and City of Spirit Lake worked together to plant 52 trees along the trail segment.  Thanks to everyone for their help and Ferguson’s Garden Center for the wonderful stock of trees!

 

 

April 2017 Trail Talk

DICKINSON COUNTY TRAILS BOARD TO BEGIN MAINTENANCE PROJECTS
The Dickinson County Trails Board will start its first maintenance project of the season on April 19 with the trail along 175th Street in the area of The Ranch Okoboji mini-golf park.  Anyone familiar with this area knows that it has been in rough shape for a few years due to water undermining the trail and sediment collecting at the bottom of the hill.

March 2017 Trail Talk

DICKINSON COUNTY TRAILS BOARD FINALIZES RAILROAD PURCHASE
The Dickinson County Trails Board has finalized the purchase of the remaining railroad right of way from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.  The future Rail Trail begins west of Superior and will traverse 37 miles through both Dickinson and Osceola Counties, then join the Ed Winkel Trail at Allendorf and continue to Sibley for a total of 43 miles.

February 2017 Trail Talk

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT DCTB
I am very excited to introduce myself as the new Dickinson County Trails Board Executive Director following Jean Martin’s retirement.  I can be reached at dctrails@co.dickinson.ia.us or (712) 330-7776 and through our website www.dickinsoncountytrails.com.  I have been a member of the Trails Board for over ten years, serving as president for many of them.  My passion for trails began the first day I stepped foot on the Iowa Great Lakes Spine Trail.