January Trails Talk

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING TRAILS The cold and snow can limit opportunities to get on our bikes and enjoy the trails, however, we are fortunate to have great cross country skiing trails in the Iowa Great Lakes to enjoy during the winter months. Groomed trails are available at Brooks Golf Course up to the Dickinson County Read More »

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1/30/2023 Cross Country Skiing Update

BROOKS-NATURE CENTER TRAIL: Brooks was groomed with classic tracks on Sunday (1/29/23) and will be groomed with a skate ski lane on Monday (1/30/23). Conditions are excellent from the Clubhouse at Brooks to the Nature Center. KETTLESON HOGSBACK TRAIL: The trail was freshly groomed with classic tracks on Sunday (1/29/23) and conditions are excellent!

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12/19/2022 Cross Country Skiing Update

Cross Country Update BROOKS-NATURE CENTER TRAIL: Classic tracks were set on Sunday, December 18 and conditions are very good for both classic and skate skiing. KETTLESON HOGSBACK TRAIL: Hogsback has now been groomed and conditions are great there too with a good snow base that should last for the season.

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12/16/2022 Cross Country Skiing Update

BROOKS-NATURE CENTER TRAIL: It’s been a wild ride with the ever-changing snow conditions we’ve had in the last week but we are sitting in really good shape with a solid ski base being established all the way from Brooks Clubhouse to the Nature Center. So you can access from either place and expect good snow Read More »

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November Trails Talk

BETSY’S BENCH STORY Erick Hovey recently purchased a bench in memory of his wife Elizabeth “Betsy” Rose (Hostert) Hovey and he shared the story of their time here in the Iowa Great Lakes. “Betsy first visited the Lakes area with me in 1988. She was an avid hiker and cyclist and through the 1990’s she Read More »

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October Trails Talk

DCTB & HOPE ROLLS FUNDRAISER RAFFLE Left: DCTB Executive Director, Erin Reed presents Shanna Claybaugh and Maria Mellmann from Hope Rolls with a check for $3,000 from the DCTB’s summer fundraiser raffle. The DCTB’s collaboration with Hope Rolls was another big success raising $6,000 in funds for trail development and to provide recreational opportunities for Read More »

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September Trails Talk

WEST O “ON US” NIGHT Left: Joe Tiefenthaler, Joe Newlin and Matt Matthiesen from West O Beer, present the DCTB with a check from “On Us” night at the brewery. As part of their Taproots initiative to support local nonprofits, West O Beer has hosted several “On Us” nights to highlight and raise funds for Read More »

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August Trails Talk

SPORTSMAN’S TIKI RIDE SUPPORTS TRAILS Left: Dave and Dan Tryon from Sportsman’s Pub, present DCTB representatives Yvonne Taylor and Erin Reed with a check from the Tiki Ride. In spite of the rain, the 8th annual Tiki Ride was the most successful yet. The event, held on August 6, brought in several hundred riders and Read More »

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July Trails Talk

TRAIL ETIQUETTE: E-BIKES & MORE E-bikes became a hot topic last week due to a news story regarding complaints of them being a problem on the trails. For the most part, the responses received about e-bikes have been positive and they are great for giving more people the opportunity to get out on the trails. Read More »

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June Trails Talk

2022 BIKES-BREWS-BITES FUNDRAISER The Dickinson County Trails Board invites you to enjoy a great evening of celebrating and supporting our wonderful trails on Friday, July 22, 2022. 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 Read More »

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