March 2024 Trails Talk


Phase IV(b) of Tatanka Ska Trace

Along with showcasing the previous years trail projects and activities, the 2023 Dickinson Country Trails Annual Report features development and maintenance projects that are going into construction in the new year as well as projects in planning for the near future. Several exciting projects are on the docket that include completing a regional connection and starting a new one. Additional projects involve smaller local connections that will enhance the trail system overall. Below are a few project highlights and happenings in store for 2024 and beyond.

Completing the Connection to Lake Park – Development of Tatanka Ska Trace continued last November with the final phase that will join Lake Park to the entire Iowa Great Lakes Trails system. This segment begins in Montgomery and goes west 2.5 miles where it connects to the trail leading into Lake Park that was completed in 2023. The DCTB is excited to complete this connection in July and many years ahead of schedule.


Pioneer Park in Milford

Starting the Connection to Clay County – The first phase of the Clay County Connection is anticipated to start construction in the fall. This segment will begin at the south end of the Spine Trail in Milford and travel through Pioneer Park and along Highway 71 for 1.5 miles. Overall, the 4.5-mile Clay County Connection is part of the Iowa Great Lakes Connection that is a Trail of Statewide Significance. The entire 135-mile corridor will link several lakes and existing trails in Northwest Iowa.


Proposed PLAC Loop Trail

PLAC Loop Trail – The DCTB is collaborating with the Pearson Lakes Art Center to develop a connecting loop around the wetland on the north side of the art center. Plans for the project include art sculptures, a treehouse and interactive pieces for families to enjoy together. The trail will be a destination point with the goal of sharing the joy of art, nature and outdoor recreation all in one place.






CELEBRATE TRAILS DAY: Saturday, April 27 – Join the DCTB, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and people all across the country in celebrating America’s amazing trails this spring.  Celebrate Trails Day is more than a day outside. It is an opportunity to enjoy your local trails while sharing appreciation for the ways that trails make an impact on our lives and communities. Be sure to check out Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s website to learn more about how you can Celebrate Trails and win great prizes.


NEVER ALONE, A WALK FOR VETERAN PTSD AWARENESS: Saturday, May 4 – Join Emmet and Dickinson County Veterans Affairs for a meaningful event that aims to raise awareness about Veteran PTSD. The event starts at 8:00AM with a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast and resources available. The 2.22-mile walk to support our heroes begins at 9:30AM with a welcoming back and silent auction to round out the morning. All proceeds will go towards Partners for Patriots, a service organization that provides Veterans with a service dog at zero cost to the Veteran. Visit Emmet County Veterans Affairs Facebook page for registration and more information about this great event.


We invite you to explore our full 2023 Annual Report for more details on current projects, future plans and community events. Together, let’s continue to build and enjoy trails that enrich our lives and connect us to nature and each other.

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