Trails Report

Flooding on Long Meadow Lake Trail by Gina Hatch

Know before you go!


Trail Information

Hunting season is here!  We encourage all trail users to take steps to be proactive about their safety during hunting season. We recommend visitors wear bright orange or pink during hunting seasons, and we always require pets to be leashed at all times.  

For more information about hunting on the refuge, visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Minnesota_Valley/hunting.html 

 


Trail Conditions

Trails are open year-round, from sunrise to sunset. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge trails range from rustic and wild to paved with more park-like amenities.  Need help choosing your adventure?  Check out the Visitor Activities page.

Trail conditions key: 

OPENNo obstacles, surfaces and trail edges are well defined, minimal user impacts. 
CAUTIONSome obstacles may be present,  trail tread may be uneven or trail edges may be overgrown. 
CLOSEDImpassible; may be overgrown, flooded, or closed to public access due to safety hazard.  

 

 
Trail conditions are updated as reports are submitted by Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteer trail rangers.  Submit a trail report by emailing MinnesotaValley@fws.gov.  Information about individual trails can be found below. Click the city area headings to view trail descriptions and find links to maps.

 

Trail Name               Condition  Notes                         

Bloomington Area East (Long Meadow Lake Unit)  

 
Hillside TrailOPENSome gullies present. Branches and trees may overhang trail. Watch your footing.
Spur TrailOPENThis connection spur is open between Hillside Trail and Long Meadow Lake Trail. Some branches and trees may overhang the trail.
Long Meadow Lake TrailOPEN Vehicles and heavy equipment may be present. Trail may be muddy. Dismount bicycles and do not ride through mud to reduce trail damage.
Bass Ponds LoopCLOSEDConstruction work begins November 23, 2020 that will close this loop to the public through at least December 14, 2020. Please do not enter this area until it is announced as reopened.
Hogback Ridge TrailOPENWatch for washouts and critter burrows between the Bass Ponds and Old Cedar Avenue
Old Cedar Avenue Observation BoardwalkOPENWatch for loose or missing boards in boardwalk
Old Cedar Avenue Bridge/Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional TrailOPENThis trail is managed by Three Rivers Park District
Bluff Trail     CAUTIONEroding tread between Old Cedar Avenue parking lot and Bluff Trail trailhead. Watch your footing. Trail may be muddy in spots.
Cyclist reminder: Permanent closure to all cycling from Indian Mounds spur to Old Cedar Avenue parking area. 

Bloomington Area West (Bloomington Ferry Unit) 

 
Bloomington Ferry Trail   CAUTIONCyclists exercise caution. Trail goes close to receding river bank.
Minnesota River BottomsCAUTIONCyclists exercise caution. Trail goes close to receding river bank. A section of the main trail is closed for maintenance just west of the Izaak Walton League Property. Use existing alternate route. Trail may be muddy. Dismount bicycles and do not ride through mud to reduce trail damage.  Minimally maintained trail.
Minnesota Valley State Trail CAUTIONCyclists beware of broken pavement. Watch for downed trees due to beaver activity. This trail is managed by the Minnesota DNR

Burnsville Area (Black Dog Unit) 

 
Cliff Fen TrailCLOSEDOvergrown vegetation may make sections difficult to follow 
Minnesota River GreenwayOPENThis trail is managed by Dakota County

Shakopee Area (Wilkie Unit) 

It is hunting season! Trail users in this unit should plan to wear blaze orange or blaze pink, and stay on trail. 
Minnesota River TrailOPENHikers and cyclists are advised to wear blaze orange during hunting seasons.
Minnesota Valley State TrailCAUTION Cyclists beware of broken pavement and downed trees.  This trail is managed by the Minnesota DNR

Shakopee Area (Louisville Swamp Unit) 

It is hunting season! Trail users in this unit should plan to wear blaze orange or blaze pink, and stay on trail.
Minnesota Valley State Trail CAUTIONMinneosta DNR managed trail; The trail is currently closed from Chaska to Belle Plaine, including where this trail meets Middle Road and the State Access Trail.  The paved portion from Chaska to Shakopee is open.
State Access TrailOPENParking at W 145th St. is open, and trail is accessible
Mazomani TrailOPENJabs Dike across Louisville Swamp is blown out and impassible.  Please plan your trip accordingly.
Middle RoadOPEN 
Duck LaneOPEN 

Chaska Area (Chaska Unit) 

 
Chaska Lake Trail     OPEN 
Levee TrailOPEN 
Minnesota Valley State TrailOPENMinneosta DNR managed trailPaved portion of this trail is open from Chaska to Shakopee

Carver/Jordan Area (Rapids Lake Unit) 

It is hunting season! Trail users in this unit should plan to wear blaze orange or blaze pink, and stay on trail.
Rapids Lake TrailCAUTIONTrail overgrown. Area impassable, and use not recommended 
Forest Loop TrailOPEN 
North Hunter Lot TrailOPEN 
Carver Creek Loop TrailCAUTIONThis trail is overgrown in areas and may be difficult to follow


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Road Closures


Safety Reminder

Do not enter flood waters!  If you encounter flooded trails, turn around.  Flood waters can move quickly, erode trail surfaces, and be filled with debris.  Do not try to walk or bike across flooded areas at any time. 

During Minnesota's hunting season, it is strongly recommended that trail users wear an article of blaze orange/pink while visiting the following units: Wilkie, Louisville Swamp, St. Lawrence, Rapids Lake, Jessenland, and Blakely Units. Stay on the trail!  For more information about hunting on the Refuge, visit our Hunting page.

Contact us for specific questions about trails, access, or to share your observations.