Border-to-Border Off-Road Vehicle Touring Trail

 

The Border-to-Border Off-Road Vehicle Touring Trail (B2B trail) will be a continuous Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) riding opportunity.  It will primarily utilize existing public right-of-ways to link the shores of Lake Superior with the Noth Dakota border.  The route will be located in the upper third of the State, connecting the shores of Lake Superior to the border of North Dakota. Trail planners will work with local communities to identify connections to local communities; significant natural, cultural, and historic areas of interest; out of the way restaurants; and locations for technical riding areas as part of the planning for the route.

 

This ambitious trail project was conceived by the members of the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA) to allow extended, low-speed, adventure-touring through some of the most beautiful areas of the state.  The route will also be a welcome economic influx for many of the rural counties and communities in that area.   The MN4WDA envisions the route will be used by families, elderly, people with mobility disabilities, and others who wish to view the natural areas of Minnesota; while traveling at low-speeds upon non-paved surfaces with minimum maintenance.

 

In 2015 the MN Legislature authorized the redistribution of Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) funds from a dedicated account created from ORV registrations and the non-refunded gas taxes from ORVs.  The Legislature authorized the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division (PAT) to over-see the project in cooperation with the MN4WDA.  The MN DNR hired the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) as project managers and subject experts for the project.

 

This page will be updated to give current progress of the project as it moves forward.  The MN DNR official webpage for the project can be found at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans/border_to_border_trail.html.

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding this project can be found at the B2B FAQ page.

 

Project Updates:

 

January 2017:

The initial meetings for route input have been set-up and will take place from mid-January through February.  The meeting schedule is located on the B2B Meeting page.

 

November 2016:

The conference calls with the counties have been completed.  Informational calls were also held with the US Forest Service.  Tribes were informed of calls and of the project.

 

Planning for the first series of public meetings has begun.  Meetings will be posted as the details become finalized.

 

July 2016:

The project was kicked-off with a meeting between the MN4WDA, MN DNR, and NOHVCC.

 

The main contact points for the project were appointed:

Ron Potter – NOHVCC Management Solutions (NMS) – ron@nohvcc.org

Mary Straka – MN DNR PAT – mary.straka@state.mn.us

 

The process for the project was determined to be:

  1. A press-release for the project will be created and released.
  2. Conference calls will be held to inform the counties regarding the project and the process.
  3. Informational meetings will be held for input regarding potential routes.
    1. The meeting will be open to the public as well as local units of governments, tribes, ORV riders, tourism bureaus, chambers of commerce, other recreational trail users, other forms of outdoor recreation, private companies, private landowners, US Forest Service, etc. 
    2. Information is sought regarding potential routes the trail could go, areas to avoid, historical or cultural points of interest, natural environment points of interest, potential routes for connections to local communities, potential areas for OHV skills development or training areas, potential areas for loops.
  4. Meetings will be posted in advance.
  5. A draft route will be designed based on input received from the informational meetings.
  6. A second set of informational meetings will be held to gather input on the draft plan.
  7. The route will be revised and finalized based upon input from the second set of informational meetings.
    1. Maps of the area will be created digitally and with geo-references.
    2. The MN4WDA and the MN DNR will begin the process of formalizing the route using Minnesota’s Grant-In-Aid program.

 

The press-release was created and sent to media locations.