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Come out, help with trail building

The public is welcome to join Laurentian Lakes Chapter members constructing a new section of trail between Clearwater Co. 39 and MN Hwy. 113.

The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at the Clearwater Co. 39 trailhead located 1.5 miles north of MN Hwy 113 on Clearwater Co. 39 (Becker Co. 37) Participants should bring lunch and liquids, and wear work clothing including good work gloves and footwear. No prior experience is needed and tools will be provided by the chapter.

The new Laurentian Lakes Chapter is responsible for maintaining approximately 16 miles of existing hiking trail. They also will be building over 40 miles of new trail in Becker County in the next 5-10 years using Minnesota Conservation Corps crews and volunteer labor.

Interested volunteers do not need prior trail-building experience to help out as training and tools will be provided. Please note that there are trail maintenance "jobs" available for people of all ages and abilities. Regularly scheduled Wednesday and Saturday workdays are scheduled in spring, summer and fall. In addition, the Chapter hosts hiking and social events.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in the trail building, contact Ray Vlasak, Chapter president, at (218)573-3243 or via e-mail at or Matt Davis, Regional Trail coordinator, at (701)388-1883 or via e-mail at

The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier hiking trail that stretches for about 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states. Already, more than 1,700 miles has been certified off-road. Additional miles follow shared paths, and some road walks yet remain.

When completed, it will be the longest off-road hiking trail in the United States. More information on the trail can be found online at or by calling toll free (866) 445-3628.