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bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back
May 30, 2018

Gitchi-Gami: trail development

Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda

Project Overview

Project 1:  Build a 1.5 mile trail extension into Lutsen, plus planning and design costs for other segments.

Project 2:  Build a 1.2-mile trail extension into Tofte.

2018 Funding Needs

Project 1: $3.2 million

Project 2: $1.9 million recommended by LCCMR

Project Impact

When completed, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail will be an 89-mile non-motorized, paved recreational trail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, following Lake Superior’s beautiful and historic North Shore. Currently several miles, totally 29 miles, are complete. This project would fund continued development and design of the Gitchi Gami.

Project Support

Project 1 is grassroots initiative in partnership with Gitchi-Gami Trail Association

Projects 2 recommended by Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) to be funded by the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Bill Status: Project 1 Not Funded in 2018

  1. Bills (HF 2850 & SF 2718) drafted that appropriate $3 million for acquisition and development of the Gitchi Gami Trail, including engineering and design of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail priority segments: to Lutsen from Ski Hill Road, at Silver Creek, Silver Bay to Tettegouche State Park, and Cutface Creek  Wayside to Cascade State Park.
  2. Bills referred to committees.
  3. Bills not included in final bonding bill.

Bill Status: Project 2 Funded in 2018

  1. Bonding Bill (HF 4425) introduced that includes an appropriation $2,500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to expand high-priority recreational opportunities on Minnesota’s state trails by developing new trail segments and rehabilitating, improving, and enhancing existing state trails. High-priority trail segments to develop and enhance include but are not limited to the Gateway, Gitchi Gami, Paul Bunyan, and Heartland State Trails. A proposed list of trail projects on legislatively authorized state trails is required in the work plan. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.
  2. Bill passed in Senate (vote: 113-17) and House (vote: 42-25)
  3. Signed by Gov. Dayton on May 30, 2018

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded
$3.2 million$0
$1.9 million$1.9 million

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