Enhancing Minnesota State Parks and Minnesota State Forests Outdoor Winter Activities

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Parks & Trails Fund
Start Date: 
July 2009
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (1)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (1)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
Increase level of service on most-used ski trails within the Minnesota State Parks system, which totals to 778 kilometers of trails.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
Service levels have increased by 35 percent in tier one ski parks in the Minnesota State Parks system, representing the 17 most-used park ski facilities and totaling 451 kilometers to date.

Project Overview

The Division of Parks and Trails is providing expanded cross-country ski, snowshoe and other winter activities in Minnesota state parks and recreation areas; Minnesota state trails; and Minnesota state forests. The division is re-establishing trails that had been closed due to a lack of funding; enhanced a number of existing facilities by brushing, mowing or improving trail condition prior to snowfall. The division has also enhanced existing facilities by maintaining additional parking lots or staging areas and, in the case of trails, by providing winter grooming.

About the Issue

The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Trails, efforts to expand winter activity has focused on ensuring the highest-demand facilities are safe and groomed, and that the facilities are open so visitors have a positive winter experience. The second part of this effort is to re-establish the most popular ski trails in Minnesota state forests that have been closed due to funding priorities and once again have the trails mapped, signed and groomed so the public has opportunities for quality outdoor recreation close to home.---------

Project Manager

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN