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Paths, trails, parks and routes near White Bear Lake for everyone

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SAT JUNE 8:  3RD ANNUAL BIKE RIDE AROUND THE LAKE

The 10-mile guided ride will include breathtaking views of White Bear Lake as well as surrounding wetlands, woods and ponds. Stops at Dellwood, Depot Creek, Ox and Crow Coffee Shop and Bellaire Beach will provide an opportunity to learn about features and plans for each section of the route. All are invited and encouraged to join the fun.

Please join us on a guided group bike tour! Tour will have check in at 830 to 850 am at West Park ,  2350 11th St, White Bear Lake with departure starting at 9:00 am for the 1st group of 25 riders, and subsequent groups every 5- 10 minutes. In the event of adverse weather (thunderstorms , prolonged rain, severe weather) we will cancel.

Riders should be at least 12 years old and able to confidently ride with vehicular traffic in a bike group. Helmets are required, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participation by small children is not recommended due to narrow or bumpy sections that are still awaiting improvement.

There will be stops at 4 locations around the lake to regroup and talk about features and plans for each section of the trail. 

Tours will conclude by approx 11:00  with refreshments, group photos and  social continuing at West Park.

Here is the map with stops    

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South Shore Boulevard update
4/12/2019

Ramsey County has completed the right-of-way survey of South Shore Boulevard and is in the process of hiring a consultant to handle the design phase of the South Shore Lake Links trail construction. Ramsey County expects to hold a public open house in late May or early June to talk about the right-of-way findings and introduce the engineering firm. Decisions about sewer or water maintenance rest with the City of White
Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Township for their respective segments of South Shore. A jurisdictional study is planned to identify what level of government should be responsible for the road.



March 11 2nd birthday party recap
We held a great Lake Links 2nd birthday party with social hour and update meeting. There were about 100 attendees including key elected officials from the area. The message is WE ARE GETTING THIS DONE! and we have new T shirts available !

Details are here: 

White Bear Press coverage of the event


Mahtomedi City Council informational meeting March 7 : Lake Links Trail

The City held an informational meeting on Thursday March 7, 2019  to update citizens on the status of the Lake Links Trail routing, design and anticipated schedule for construction.
 









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2019 Upcoming Monthly meetings: 


​Mon June 10, 7pm Mahtomedi District Education Center Room 121, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi

Mon July 8, 7pm Mahtomedi District Education Center Room 121, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi

Mon Aug 12, 7pm Mahtomedi District Education Center Room 121, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi

Come to the meetings to hear the latest trail news and also be part of the discussion.  PLUS new blue Lake Links T shirts are available for $5

Questions? Comments? Like to volunteer? Email us at [email protected]


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At the Capitol

In May 2018 the Minnesota Legislature approved $4.022 million in funding as follows:​

Ramsey County – $2.6 million for trail improvements on South Shore Boulevard in White Bear Lake and White Bear Township

Mahtomedi – $1.4 million for Birchwood Road, Wildwood Beach Road, and Briarwood Road and trail elements

White Bear Township – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96)

City of White Bear Lake – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96) 

Together, we are getting  this done!

Feb 2019: We are working with our legislators to get the 2nd round of funding to complete the trail

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​FAQ
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NEW SAFETY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED

You can help make walking and biking around White Bear Lake safer and better  with a Lake Links Incident and Safety Report.

If you experience a safety incident or near miss or have a suggestion for safety improvement along the Lake Links trail then we want to hear from you!

Working together and gathering data we can help shape decisions to enhance the trail experience for all users.

Please submit your incident report/near miss report or safety suggestion here: 

LAKE LINKS SAFETY REPORT/SUGGESTION


Note: You should also contact local authorities in case of injuries and damage.

We will review them and see what Lake Links association can do to assist/support. A summary report will be issued quarterly. 

Current map of safety reports/incidents






Lake Links White Paper for Birchwood Road
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November 2018 Lake Links Meeting 


1) Mahtomedi section: City of Mahtomedi has ordered WSB Engineering to begin final design work for the Birchwood Rd, Briarwood Ave,  BN right of way, Streetcar park and MN 244 (Neptune to Maple) sections . There will be public open houses to review the designs in early 2019 with expectation of being ready for construction bidding  in April 2019. The Birchwood Road section is expected to be two 10' wide traffic lanes with a turtle compatible sloped curb and a 10' wide bike/ped trail on the lake side.

Birchwood Road  details (12/4/2018)  here

2) South Shore Boulevard section: we await Ramsey County study findings (to be presented at Dec 10 meeting by Joe Lux, Ramsey County Public Works) see above

3) North Shore (hwy 96) section : White Bear Lake and White Bear township will  jointly retain an engineering consultant to advise on trail possibilities in the next few months

4) Lake Links support from elected officials :  the recent elections have changed some faces, but those elected and reelected tend to be supporters of the trail and we are confident that we will continue to move forward. Lake Links principal in the legislature, Peter Fischer was returned to office.

5) There have been local questions about how the existence of the trail will affect local parking and traffic. We are working with the various communities on those questions.

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HISTORIC SPUR TRAIL in Mahtomedi

A preliminary look at the proposed historic spur trail courtesy of Steve Wolmagot. Click HERE

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