Updated 6 days ago
The MN DNR has officially closed the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails until trails dry out and temps are consistently above freezing. This closure is effective Wednesday, February 21st and will likely last several weeks depending on weather. This closure means all trail use, including cycling and foot traffic, is prohibited on natural surface mountain bike trails within the Cuyuna County State Recreation Area as well as Cruser's Kettle and Cuyuna Connector. This closure means we are no longer in Freeze/Thaw protocol which had allowed for trail use when trails were frozen. The 9 mile long paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail running from Riverton to Deerwood remains open year round regardless of weather conditions and is currently clear of any snow or ice. Overburden roads also remain open and gravel roads in the area are starting to dry out, all offering cycling and walking opportunities in the area. We'll keep an eye on the weather and update our social media accounts and Trailbot as soon as trails open for the spring! The good news is that we anticipate very little trail prep at this time in regards to clearing trees, branches and leaves to get trails open once they dry out. It is very important that people stay off the trails to prevent damage which will prolong the spring opening as volunteers work to repair ruts and other damage.