June Trail Talk

students on trail

J1 Visa Students Starling & Jeansy from the Dominican Republic take a walk on the new paved shoulders along 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 improved safety and ride along several hundred feet of the trail.



34TH ANNUAL U of O CAMPUS BIKE RIDE:  Saturday, June 30, 2018 – Enjoy a ride around the Iowa Great Lakes of 25, 50 or 100 miles. A pancake breakfast starts at 7:00am with ride to follow at 9:00am.  Take in the beauty of scenic trails and lakeside roads on your bicycle with proceeds going to help the community. Visit www.threesons.com for ride details.

BRASL BIKE RIDE AROUND SPIRIT LAKE:  Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Enjoy a 15-mile bike cruise around Iowa’s largest natural lake or power bike 25 and 50-mile routes around the Iowa Great Lakes and Minnesota.  This is a family friendly ride that treats you to scenic lakeside trails and includes a t-shirt and lunch certificate. Proceeds from the event will benefit Dickinson County Trails. Visit www.spiritlakecc.com for ride details.

2018 U of O MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, TRIATHLON & 10K:  Saturday, July 21, 2018 – Test your endurance while enjoying the natural beauty of West Lake Okoboji.  Event information can be found at www.threesons.com.

SPORTSMAN’S ANNUAL TIKI BICYCLE RIDESaturday, August 4, 2018 – Riders of all ages can enjoy 16, 24 and 40-mile routes with prizes and games along the way. The ride includes a moisture protection shirt and lunch (Burgers, Hot Dogs and Oak Tree BBQ at Sportsman’s).  There is also a free sag truck that will be on call from 9:00am – 7:45pm.  Prizes will be awarded at 8:00pm at Sportsman’s with proceeds going to Dickinson County Trails.  Ride information is available at Sportsman’s Tiki Bicycle Ride .


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