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Paddleboat and fall foliage
May 30, 2018

Swedish Immigrant: trail extension

Paddleboat and fall foliage
Interstate State Park by Robert Thommes
Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda

Project Overview

Connect trail to Interstate State Park by extending it with a 0.5-mile segment that includes a 180-foot bridge and trailhead

2018 Identified Need


Project Impact

This project, lead by Chisago County, would offer an exceptional trail experience to an area that already serves 500,000 visitors every year, showcasing unique hardwood forests and connecting to existing regional trails. The trail would run through a forested area of Interstate State Park and into downtown Taylors Falls.

Project Support

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

Bill Status: Passed & Awaiting Decision by Gov. Dayton

  1. Bill (HF 4425) introduced that appropriates
    1. $2,254,000 from the ENRTF for an agreement with Chisago County Environmental Services to construct an approximate one-half-mile regional county trail segment within Interstate State Park from the end point of the existing trail at the park boundary to city hall including a trail bridge over the ravine and parking and trailhead improvements and to conduct a natural and cultural review to determine the feasibility and route of a future section of the trail through the park. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.
  2. Bills referred to committees.
  3. Bill passed in Senate (vote: 113-17) and House (vote: 42-25)
  4. Bill presented to Gov. Dayton on May 21, 2018

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded

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