Central Lakes Trail


Get on board with Central Minnesota's first ever long-distance skateboarding race

We will be welcoming endurance skateboarder next month! Won't you cheer them on along the way? Details in the article below.

sctimes.com A three-day, 200-mile distance skateboarding race will be taking over Lake Wobegon Trail and Central Lakes Trail from July 19-21.


First-of-Its-Kind Skateboard Race Coming To St. Cloud

We can't wait to host this in July. Would you like to do a little volunteering to help it go off without a hitch? Message us and well put you to good work.

knsiradio.com Day one of the competition will have racers going from Fergus Falls to St. Cloud

Beautiful and so creative. Be sure to get off the trail and into Fergus Falls to see these new - and useful - works of art!

The new sculptural bike racks were installed at the library today! Four more will be installed downtown early next week, and two more at the Otter Tail County Historical Society museum after that.

We’re so grateful to local artists Carl Zachmann and Naomi Schliesman for their amazing work on this project!

We also hope you can join us for the Mayor’s Ride and Sculptural Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting event next Tuesday! You can find more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/405202800298423/

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Clear trails from Alexandria to Garfield! (just a couple snowy spots) Time to ride!!!


Car found stuck on Central Lakes Trail - The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Please don't drive your car on the trail. Hoping this driver is OK.

fergusfallsjournal.com A Chevrolet Cobalt which had been driven down the Central Lakes Trail April 2 in Dane Prairie Township was discovered stuck in some trees. Law enforcement feared the driver was suffering from hypothermia so she was transported by ambulance for medical examination.


Now this will make you smile!

Guy biking across the world finds a kitten he can't leave behind 😻


The Century- Rail Trail 100

Here's a great video from Stacy who rode in the Rail Trails 100 with her friends last year.

This video is about The Century

Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour! Conquer both the Central Lakes Trail & Lake Wobegon Trails in one day with this 100-mile bike tour!

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2nd Annual Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour! This ride is limited to 50 cyclists so get your registration in early!



Hands-free bill clears Minnesota House; Senate vote expected soon

Here's good news for MN Cyclists.

startribune.com If the measure becomes law, Minnesota would join 16 states and the District of Columbia in banning cellphone use by motorists unless they use active hands-free technology while they drive.

Sporting my Rail Trails 100 shirt. Save the date for August 3, 2019. Registration opens soon.

Free blinky lights until 7! Come say hi at the LHRC Community Health Expo.


Current Volunteer Needs

Bike friends, if you can attend the the MN Bike Summit to advocate for bicyclists, please see below!

bikemn.org Current Volunteer Needs We're always looking for some help around the Twin Cities metro area.


Let's RIDE! Alexandria Area Snowmobile Trails are OPEN! - Explore Alexandria Minnesota

The Central Lakes Trail is just one part of the 360 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the Alexandria Lakes Area!

explorealex.com The Alexandria Lakes Area is full of snow! Many miles of Douglas County’s snowmobile trails are OPEN! Get your sled going and get ready to ride! Douglas Area Trails Association is busy grooming the trails with many miles ready for riding, including the Central Lakes Trail! Other stretches of the t...

Otter Country Trail Association

Snowmobile fans here is an update on grooming in OTV.

Everything from FF out CO Hwy 1 and South of FF has been groomed, hoping if it cools down tonight to get Stalker Lk to Battle Lake finished up. Maplewood groomed Vergas to Maplewood park groomed, Dunvilla & Cormorant groomed, and Rothsay loop will be groomed, conditions to Foxhome are questionable so probably not grooming that section.

Fall colors are starting to pop on the trail. What a great time of year to ride!!

Photo : James Feist

We're fortunate to have hundreds of miles of paved trail in MN. But some are in better shape than others. Thanks to Karl for making an assessment by riding them all! He's also taking photos and film that will be added to google mapping.

Thanks Karl for visiting on your trek to ride all of Minnesota's paved, state trails. Tomorrow...Fergus Falls to Dalton (and back). Enjoyed dinner at the Mayor's place with members of Pedal Fergus Falls.

Great day yesterday. Congrats to all the riders and thanks for participating in the inaugural Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour!

The Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour is a wrap! It was an all-day, two-trail, 100-mile adventure on the Lake Wobegon and Central Lakes Trail today.
Thank you all for coming to ride in central Minnesota and thank you to all the awesome volunteers, some of which worked sunup to sundown to make this happen.

Riders of the 100 mile Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour taking a pic with Big Ole! Next up....the Lake Wobegon Trails!

Hope all the riders of the Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour enjoy the ride today! 100 miles on the Central Lakes and Lake Wobegon Trails!

Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour

A group of our riders in Alexandria...gotta take a picture with Big Ole! Explore Alexandria MN Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Central Lakes Trail

WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota

WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota took a ride with the Big Ole Bike Club on the trail!

More than 107,000 bikers come through Alexandria every year on the Central Lakes Trail, and now the cycling scene is growing! Construction is expected to begin next spring on 7.5 miles of new downhill gravity trails, thanks to community fundraising and a federal grant. The Big Ole Bike Club took us for a spin!

Runestone Museum Foundation

Today we welcomed Sara Crawford who is in the middle of a transcontinental bicycle trip! She said that MINNESOTA has been THE MOST BICYCLE-FRIENDLY STATE she has been to! Follow her at sarasbiketrip.wordpress.com. Central Lakes Trail Explore Alexandria MN Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Explore Minnesota Tourism Jake's Bikes Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Minnesota Department of Transportation #onlyinmn

Pedal Fergus Falls

Interested in joining this group for the Fergus Falls loop? Here's your chance on July 18.

Habitat 500 "ghost ride" - The 4th day of the Habitat 500, Wednesday, July 18th, is a 100 mile ride looping from Alexandria to Fergus Falls and back to Alexandria. But the ride also includes a 16 mile loop in Fergus Falls. Anybody who would like to ride with the group for the 16 mile Fergus Falls section - to get the experience and feel of riding in the Habitat 500 without having to register – is welcome to join them. Meet at the Delagoon camping trailhead to the Central Lakes Trail at 11:30 AM that day. Contact Paul Shol if you have questions.

Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour

Spots are filling up, so sign up today! See you on the trail! #CentralLakesTrail

If you haven't signed up for the Rail Trails 100 yet.....HURRY! We only have 8 more spots open!

Conquer both the Central Lakes Trail and Lake Wobegon Trails in one day!


This looks like a super fun weekend! There are a variety of activities and options. Bring the family and plan to be at the Big Ole SUPathon in July.

Hello CLT enthusiasts! We’d love to have some active Minnesotans SUP, kayak or canoe for charity with us in mid-July! We’re also looking for volunteers & spectators to cheer paddlers because Big Ole SUPathon courses cross the Central Lakes Trail several times! The BOS is more recreational tour than race and all registrants get a comp. meal & ticket for the charity raffle so please share news this unique event with paddlers!

Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour

Registration is OPEN for the Rail Trails 100 Bike Tour! www.signmeup.com/railtrails100

Conquer both the Central Lakes Trail & Lake Wobegon Trails!

Here's a good look at the Central Lakes Trail portion of the Rail Trails 100!

Registration is OPEN! www.signmeup.com/railtrails100


Central Lakes Trail

May is National Bike Month! Get out and pedal the paved Central Lakes Trail! Meander through woods, lakes, prairies and numerous communities. See you on the trail!


centrallakestrail.com The Central Lakes Trail is 55-mile trail that runs through the heart of west-central Minnesota from Osakis to Fergus Falls. View maps, attractions & more.

FYI Update on Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. #ItLives

March 23, 2018

Dear Cycling Friends,

I am writing to share an update on the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. Most of you know that Hostelling International USA chose not to continue operating the ride for 2018 and went looking for a non-profit to take it over.

A small number of organizations expressed an interest in taking over the ride. I needed to handle them one-by-one as the process required deep thinking on the part of any non-profit board that considered adding an event of this magnitude into their work plan.

We are getting closer to finding a good fit. A local non-profit with a bicycling mission is stepping up with strong interest and one that has the strength and capacity to handle such an undertaking. We are going through a legal process right now and hope to announce a new owner for the ride in the coming weeks. And they are hopeful to offer an event later in 2018.

We are sad not to provide you with another spring season opener for cycling enthusiasts. 51 years was a nice ride.

We are truly grateful for your support, sponsorship, volunteer hours, training, enthusiasm, donations, years of riding with us and most of all friendship.

I’m hanging on to support the next organization in a smooth transition and to host the 2018 Tour De Pines Bike Ride in Itasca State Park this August 18th. Details and registration on this summer ride will emerge in the next few weeks.

More rides will surface to fill the missing space for the Minnesota Ironman. Keep your eyes out.

Wishing you a grand 2018 bicycling season. Pedals Up…

Jon Ridge
Former Minnesota Ironman Ride Director
Former VP Central Region
Hostelling International USA
Volunteer Director Tour De Pines

Springboard for the Arts - Lake Region

With the Super Bowl on everyone's mind this is a great time to reveal the play sculpture they made possible in Fergus Falls. Ride up this spring to check it out...we'll let you know when the installation is complete.

About a year ago, we were awarded a Super Bowl Legacy grant to support a new play sculpture on the Central Lakes State Trail in Fergus Falls, in partnership with Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails and PartnerSHIP 4 Health. Today we're excited to announce the plan for the site, which is being created by Minnesota artist Greg Mueller.

Nice view of the trail just west of Alexandria! See you on the #CentralLakesTrail

The Central Lakes Trail along the small chain of lakes that includes Lake Brophy, North Union Lake and Lake Stony. Beauty! #ExploreAlex

Photo by : Aerial Optics LLC

Check out the new Mountain Bike Trail in Ferber Park in Fergus Falls - 9-12! Don't wait until next spring to experience this brand new trail.

We're ready for tomorrow's Bike Your Park event at the Ferber Park mountain bike trails! An enormous thanks to the City of Fergus Falls and Fergus Falls Public Works for getting the parking area ready. We will have bikes available from 9am to noon, courtesy of Fergus Falls Public Schools. Come out and ride!

Explore Alexandria MN

Fall colors are looking good on the trail around Alexandria!

It's leaf peeping time! The autumn hues are coming along nicely in the Alexandria Lakes Area, although there is still some time before the area reaches peak. Our new update has current pictures and more information! #ExploreAlex


Autumn on the Central Lakes Trail

Autumn is a great time to get out on the Central Lakes Trail! Hope to see you soon during this wonderful time of year! #CentralLakesTrail

Aerial Optics LLC


There's no better place to practice self discipline than here. Thanks for the encouragement.


Explore Alexandria MN

Neat! A few feature the #CentralLakesTrail around Alexandria.

Experience the Alexandria Lakes Area in 360-degrees! Take a virtual tour to some beautiful places in the area with our new website feature! #ExploreAlex



Guide to Minnesota's giant roadside statues — from Paul Bunyan to a 110-foot hockey stick

This list of roadside statues from the Star Tribune has two from communities along the #CentralLakesTrail! Big Ole in Alexandria resides at the trailhead just north of Downtown, and Otto the Big Otter is in Adams Park in Fergus Falls. Get a picture with both on your trail adventures!

m.startribune.com See more of the story Minnesota has long been home to some of the country’s kitschiest roadside attractions, and now a new generation of nostalgia-seekers has grown to appreciate them. That means this summer’s road-trippers are not only likely to stop and gawk at a giant statue of a fish, an otter o...

Shared Vision Quest

Mike and Hans are on their way toward Minnesota and the Central Lakes Trail. It appears they are currently in Montana and we'll update you as they get closer. Follow their trek and be ready to greet them in your community and perhaps introduce them to people in your town. They have a great message about accomplishing your goals, regardless of obstacles that arise...including blindness for Mike!

This summer SVQ founders Mike (who is legally blind) & Hans will bicycle across North America, coast to coast.

A great place for a rest while riding the #CentralLakesTrail! Overlooking Nelson Lake just east of Brandon.

Pedaling the #CentralLakesTrail is always fun, but it's a BLAST with this 4-seater bike! Available to rent at Jake's Bikes.


Great amenity added on LWT trail which is connected to the CLT trail in Osakis. Thanks trail communities.


A double century ride...in ONE DAY!

Welcome Dave Home Today!

Be part of the warm welcome for David Jensen. Dave, M State’s Student Life Director, is tackling the phenomenal feat of traveling about 210 miles between the four campuses of M State (Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Wadena and Fergus Falls) during an eight-hour workday – by bike! He is doing this TODAY!

Let’s show him some love and celebrate all he does for M State – especially our campus. Meet us at 5:00 p.m. as he rides in. Gather at the main entrance of the Fergus Falls campus at M State Fergus Falls and cheer for him as he comes through on his bike. He is sharing live updates along the route so we should have a pretty good idea of when he should be reaching campus as the time gets closer.

Invite colleagues, friend and family.

Happening at 9 in Pedal Fergus Falls. Free. On site registration. Lake Alice 100...87 times around. It's a great day for a century ride.

It's not easy being green.

The lake is green, which means it's go time! Get the bike down, grease it up, and fill those tires! The Lake Alice 100 draws near!

Visit http://pedalff.org/la100 for all the details.

A nice stretch of trail west of Alexandria that meanders users past a handful of beautiful lakes in a small chain. Great way to cap off 30 Days of Biking! #CentralLakesTrail

The Central Lakes Trail - Drone Footage

It's time to ride! The Central Lakes Trail offers 55 miles of paved trail through central Minnesota's lake country. This rail-to-trail system passes through multiple communities and takes users through beautiful landscapes of woods, lakes, prairie and rolling hills. See you on the #CentralLakesTrail! More info can be found at www.CentralLakesTrail.com

Footage by Aerial Optics LLC

Nice scenery just north of the trail! April continues to be a great month to hit the #CentralLakesTrail, and makes it easy to take in the 30 Days of Biking challenge. See you on the trail!

It's a beautiful night to #ExploreAlex! Take a look around in full 360 where two lakes become one.

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Autumn on the Central Lakes Trail
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