Portions of the
and Annie Battle Lake trails may be closed to hikers and bikers on weekdays
during construction. No construction is anticipated on weekends, so trails will
remain open on those days. Construction will cease once trails are suitable for
cross-country skiing, so groomed trails will not be impacted. Completion of the
park portion of the trail is anticipated by late August 2013, although it could
be finished as early as June, depending on weather. Lake Emma
The trail is a joint project of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division,
and the city of Otter Tail County Battle Lake. The segment of the trail located within the park –
the first to undergo construction – is funded by state bonding dollars and a
Federal Recreational Trails Program grant. Construction of the other two trail
sections is anticipated to begin in 2013.
If weather is favorable, the contractor hopes to prepare the subgrade level of the trail before the end of December so aggregate can be applied and paving can take place next spring. Some trees will be trimmed or removed to accommodate the trail, which will be 10 feet wide with one-foot shoulders.
The DNR advises anyone visiting the park to follow special instructions posted on signs and to stay off trails that are closed. The main cart-in campground and group camp are not affected by bike trail construction, although the park has blocked reservations at the canoe-in campground for weekdays in the month of May.
A grand opening event is being planned for next summer to celebrate the major addition to the park. For more information, call the park at 218-864-0110.