July 2023 Trails Talk


The 2023 Bikes – Brews – Bites trails celebration held on July 21 was a big success and the DCTB extends our gratitude to all who supported the event through attendance, donations and sponsorships. There was an incredible response from area businesses, volunteers and donors that made this fun event possible. All of this effort and support from our generous community ensures we are able to continue our mission of expanding and maintaining the Iowa Great Lakes Trails.

We are still accepting contributions to the summer fundraiser and there are just a few days left to help the Dickinson County Trails win the Okoboji Foundation’s $5,000 July Nonprofit Challenge. You may give directly to the trails or send your donation through www.GiveOkoboji.com until July 31, 2023.


SPORTSMAN’S 9th ANNUAL TIKI RIDE: Saturday, 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.



MOVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH WALK: Saturday, August 26 – The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club is spearheading a mental health walk that will start at Tatanka Ska Trailhead in Spirit Lake (across from Hy-Vee) and traverse along the beautiful Iowa Great Lakes Trails. The event is a team walk for awareness with each team comprised of four people and route distances of 2.5K, 5K and a 1/2 Marathon. Proceeds will go to curriculum and speakers focused on mental health in Dickinson County school systems. For more information and registration go to www.moveformentalhealth.com. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Kathy Fahy at krfahy@gmail.com.




32nd ANNUAL U OF O OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE: Saturday, September 30 – Registration is open for this fun 18-mile bike ride along the scenic trails and lakeside roads of the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Proceeds from the ride benefit Dickinson County Trails and registration includes food and drink deals throughout the area, drink tickets and a t-shirt.  There are optional pit stops along the route and then return to the Arnolds Park greenspace for additional games, activities, live entertainment, food and beer.  For registration and event information visit www.uofooktoberfest.com.


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 Association.


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