June 2024 Trails Talk


The Dickinson County Trails Board invites you to enjoy a great evening of celebrating and supporting our wonderful trails on Friday, July 19, 2024. 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 in the next two years. This year’s fundraiser also includes the option of donating directly to the Lakes Art Center Loop. This is a joint project with the Pearson Lakes Art Center that will create a loop around the Art Center pond. Plans include rotating art sculptures and interactive pieces for families to enjoy together. The trail will be a destination place that combines the joy of art, nature and outdoor recreation all in one place. 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 2028 for construction of a 2.3-mile segment that will continue the trail’s expansion west towards the town of Harris. Along with completing the trail connection with Lake Park next month, the DCTB looks forward to continuing the development of Tatanka Ska Trace to both the east and west sides of the county over the next few years.



In spite of all the rain this spring, the trails are seeing a lot of traffic around the Iowa Great Lakes. We know there are trail segments that are impacted by silt runoff and standing water and the DCTB appreciates the hard work the Conservation crew does every day to remove downed trees and silt off the trails. Also, note that we just need to wait for some areas to dry out due to flooding and nowhere for the water to go at this time. While we continue to work on addressing these issues, we ask that trail users be patient and use extreme caution when traveling around wet or muddy trail segments.


40TH ANNUAL U of O CAMPUS BIKE RIDE: Saturday, June 29 – Enjoy a ride around the Iowa Great Lakes of 25, 50 or 100 miles. A pancake breakfast at Florence Park in Milford starts at 7:00am with ride to follow at 9:00am.  Take in the beauty of scenic trails and lakeside roads on your bicycle and return to the park for a barbecue with live music at 2:00pm. Proceeds from the ride go to area projects, local police and fire departments and the trails system. Visit the Okoboji Chamber’s Campus Ride website for ride details and registration.



BRASL – BIKE RIDE AROUND SPIRIT LAKE: Saturday, July 13 – 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 the Spirit Lake Chamber website for ride details and registration.



THE GREAT BIGFOOT RIDE: Saturday, July 27 – Starting at Blurry Bigfoot in Lake Park, enjoy a leisurely ride to the Spillway Drive In in Spirit Lake and back. The ride will feature the newly completed trail connection between Lake Park and Spirit Lake. Meet up at Blurry Bigfoot starts at 8:00am with the ride departing at 9:00am. Follow the Great Bigfoot Ride Facebook page for more information.




Sportsman’s 10th Annual Tiki RideSaturday, August 3 – Riders of all ages can enjoy 15, 40 and 50-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.

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