Heartland Trail Extension Construction Well Underway Between Detroit Lakes and Frazee

Heartland Trail Extension Construction Well Underway Between Detroit Lakes and Frazee Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Work on the 8.2 mile Heartland Trail extension between Detroit Lakes and Frazee is well underway. Trail crews have made some headway in the last two weeks in the area of Acorn Lake.

East View of Heartland Trail construction, Acorn Lake

Coordinator for Becker County Economic Development and Parks and Rec and member of the Heartland Trail Committee, Guy Fischer says the hope is to complete the trail segment between Detroit Lakes and Acorn Lake by 2021.

Detroit Lakes Tourism Director, and member of the Heartland Trail Committee, Cleone Stewart, says the Acorn Lake segment should be done in 2020. She says the contractor, this year, cleared the site so that steel pilings/wall can be built into the embankment in coordination with MnDOT. The trail committee is working with the DNR to get the segment from Acorn Lake to the underpass in Detroit Lakes done in 2020. The portion of trail from Acorn Lake to Frazee is dependent on state bonding dollars in 2020. Committee members have made presentations to legislators on House and Senate bonding committee who visited Detroit Lakes in September and earlier this month.

The cities of Frazee and Detroit Lakes and Becker County have been working on the plan to build the 8.2 mile trail segment for at least 10 years with the ultimate goal of eventually connecting the Heartland Trail in Park Rapids all the way to Moorhead.

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