Outside Notes for April 11


Muskies Inc.’s Brainerd Lakes Chapter meets in person every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Nisswa American Legion.

Tuesday April 13th is the annual lure swap. While there will be plenty of musk gear, anything fishing related is welcome. Come out to buy, sell, trade, or just to have a try.

The sessions are public and can be attended free of charge. More information is available at www.brainerdmuskies.com.

Mountain bike enthusiasts will be able to ride 27 miles of new trails in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area by spring 2023. The new construction of the trails in the Sagamore Unit is scheduled to start at the end of April and last until autumn 2022.

The Sagamore unit extension is located on the southwestern edge of the complex and will feature new trailhead facility as well as trails ranging from easy to very difficult. The device will contain the first trails of the system designed for user fitted bicycles (three- and four-wheel handwheels).

“This next wave of additions to the trail system builds on work started on the Mahnomen unit last year,” said Nicholas Statz, Cuyuna Country mountain bike trail technician for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “All of these developments are the result of widespread support from the business and equestrian community, the Cuyuna SRA Citizens Advisory Council, and the hard work of the Cuyuna Lakes mountain bike crew helping to maintain the trail system.”

The construction should not require the blocking of existing paths outside the construction area. Visitors can see and hear construction machinery in the area and are asked to obey all closing signs. The public water access at Sagamore Mine Lake will remain open during construction.

Several construction projects are taking place at the same time in the Cuyuna Country SRA. Summary of the current structure:

  • Mahnomen unit (south): New gravity flow path, Drawpoint – provisional opening spring 2021.

  • Mahnomen Unit (North): Backcountry Trail – provisional opening in mid / late summer 2021. Gravity Flow Trails – provisional opening autumn 2021.

  • Yawkey Unit: Cuyuna City Connection Paths – tentative opening in early summer 2021.

  • Sagamore Unit: The start of construction is planned for the end of April 2021 and will continue until autumn 2022.

The Mahnomen Unit expansion project includes four challenging new gravity trail trails, three of which are linked by a backcountry trail designed to give riders a sense of seclusion and adventure. New trails in this unit will range from difficult intermediate to very difficult (expert).

Please see the Visitor Notices section on the Cuyuna Country SRA website for updates. Updates are also available by calling the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or emailing [email protected] send.

The financing for this multi-year expansion project comes from the provision of 2017 government bonds for Cuyuna Country SRA. The adaptive trail in the Sagamore Unit is funded by a grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. Upon completion, the Cuyuna Country SRA will offer 60 miles of mountain bike trails in addition to the 9.6 mile paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail.

Adjacent trails outside of the Cuyuna Land SRA border include the Cuyuna City Link Paths and the Cruser’s Kettle Path. For more information on these trails, visit the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew website.


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