Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail Coridor Study


Final Corridor Study Report now available (here).

Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail DNR Master Plan (here).

Camp Ripley Main Gate CR 1 Bridge, Pillager Crow Wing State Park Blanchard Dam Maple Island Park, Little Falls Minnesota State Veterans Cemetary Soo Line Trail Head Nokasippi River Historic Monument Fisherman's Bridge Mississippi River, Crow Wing State Park Historic Crow Wing Broadway, Downtown Little Falls Charles A. Lindbergh State Park Round Lake


Welcome to the Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail Corridor Study web site. This site is your official source for up-to-date information about the corridor study. This page will be updated as new information is available. Check back frequently to stay informed about the project and opportunities to participate in the planning process. We look forward to your feedback!

Study Overview

Through the grass roots effort of the Little Falls Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail (CRVST) received its official state trail designation in 2009. Conceptually, the CRVST is envisioned to be a true multi-use trail, providing direct motorized and non-motorized recreational use linkage between the Soo Line Trail south of Little Falls to the Crow Wing State Park and numerous other recreational use trails, such as the Paul Bunyan Trail, and be an important part of the Mississippi River Trail.

In response to recent requests by the CRVST Committee to assist with further trail development and funding, the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, and Morrison recognized the need to have a feasibility/corridor study completed so that trail routes and issues would be evaluated in advance and considered along with budgetary cost estimates to allow for the effective development of an implementation plan. With completion of the Study and identification of preferred trail routes and associated hurdles, it is believed that the trail would gain greater public/agency support and have better chances of successfully obtaining funding for trail implementation.

Several local, state and regional jurisdictions as well as private interest groups successfully raised the necessary funds to hire a consultant, Bolton & Menk, Inc., to complete the trail corridor study. The study will develop the following major study product areas:

  1. Develop and implement an agency and public process that encourages meaningful participation opportunities for stakeholder involvement, education and discussion.
  2. Provide specific technical analyses and research to inventory existing trail facilities and user needs and expectations.
  3. Identify a trail vision and goals and objectives to lead the identification and evaluation of trail alignment alternatives.
  4. Identify and evaluate general trail alignment locations for both motorized and non-motorized trail uses.
  5. Develop study recommendations and next steps to implement the recommended trail plan.

    The corridor study is a first step in the developing a master plan for the state trail. The DNR is responsible for developing state trail master plans. A master plan must be completed and approved before any funds can be used for trail construction. DNR planners are working closely with Bolton & Menk to integrate the corridor study and the trail master plan.

Study Area

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The Camp Ripley Veterans State Trail Corridor Study will focus on the area designated as the CRVST by the authoring legislation for this state trail in MN Statute 85.015, Subd. 28 which reads, "this trail shall originate at Crow Wing State Park in Crow Wing County at the southern end of the Paul Bunyan Trail and shall extend from Crow Wing State Park westerly to the City of Pillager, then southerly along the west side of Camp Ripley, then easterly along the south side of Camp Ripley across to the east side of the Mississippi River, and then northern through Fort Ripley to Crow Wing State Park. A second segment of the trail shall be established that shall extend in a southerly direction and in close proximity to the Mississippi River from the southeasterly portion of the first segment of the trail to the City of Little Falls, and then terminate at the Soo Line Trail in Morrison County."

In addition, the corridor study will also consider an additional study area comprised of the area south of Highway 210 and west of Highway 371 (a City of Pillager to Paul Bunyan Trail connection via Baxter.

The image above is a link to a map illustrating the general study area.

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