June 2023 Trails Talk


The Dickinson County Trails Board invites you to enjoy a great evening of celebrating and supporting our wonderful trails on Friday, July 21, 2023. The event will take place at the Maser Monarch Lodge where you will be treated to tasty bites from Back Alley BBQ, live music and a variety of brews, wine and a bourbon tasting.

Please consider supporting the trails with an event sponsorship. Your generous donation will assist in the development of priority projects that will add over 4 miles of new trail through the next two years. The fundraiser will also coincide with the Okoboji Foundation’s $5,000 July Nonprofit Challenge and you may give directly to the trails or donate through www.GiveOkoboji.com between July 1-31, 2023. Sponsorship opportunities and limited tickets are available on the DCTB’s website www.dickinsoncountytrails.com.


The DCTB received notification from the Region 3 Transportation Alternatives Program that grant funding was awarded for another segment of Tatanka Ska Trace. The award of $400,000 will be available in 2027 for construction of a 2-mile segment that will continue the trail’s expansion east towards the town of Superior. The DCTB looks forward to completing the trail connection with Lake Park by summer of 2024 then continuing development on the east side of the county in 2026.



BRASL – BIKE RIDE AROUND SPIRIT LAKE:  Saturday, July 8 – Enjoy a 15-mile bike cruise around Iowa’s largest natural lake or power bike new 25 and 50-mile routes around the Iowa Great Lakes.  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 and registration.


Sportsman’s 9th Annual Tiki RideSaturday, August 5 – Riders of all ages can enjoy 16, 22 and 38-mile routes with prizes and games along the way. The ride includes a shirt, gift bag and lunch at Sportsman’s with live entertainment during lunch and after the ride.  There will be many prizes, games and fun surprises along the route and riders will receive a raffle entry at each of the sponsored stops. Proceeds from the ride will support Dickinson County Trails.  More information on the ride and registration is available at Sportsman’s website www.sportsmans3d.com/tiki-ride.


MUSEUM ALLIANCE TRAIL RIDE: Ongoing through September 4 – Lakes Area museums are kicking off their new alliance with a museum ride along the trails. All thirteen Dickinson County museums are participating for people to walk, bike or drive to visit. Informational brochures with a trail map are available at each museum and the Iowa Rock ’n Roll Music

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