The James L. Oberstar State Trail is a segment of the Willard Munger Trail system authorized in Minnesota Statutes, 85.015 Subd. 14. The Oberstar trail segment "shall originate in Chisago County and extend into Hinckley in Pine County." Other segments of the Willard Munger Trail system include the Willard Munger State Trail and the Gateway State Trail. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for planning, developing, and managing state trails. The Minnesota DNR completed the Master Plan for the Oberstar segment of the trail in August 2017.
Within the Master Plan Exectuve Summary, it is noted that the Minnesota State Parks and Trails System Plan designates the Oberstar State Trail as a Core: division-led state trail. Trails in the Core: division-led investment group will be well maintained, provide basic services, and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all who use the trail. The division will seek partners, or outside funding, to maintain the trail and to provide additional amenities or services for trail users.
Pine County is one of the DNR's partners in this project and is actively involved by beginning to draft a workplan to build smaller segments of the trail in conjunction with already scheduled road projects in the Pine City area. Citizen involvement is also necessary to build momentum for this project to occur, therefore Pine County has planned a free trail event in conjunction with National Trails Day on June 2, 2018. Please plan to attend to support the efforts going into developing the trail and find out how to be involved!
Can't attend the event, but want to be involved? Contact Kelly Schroeder, 320-591-1634 or Kelly.Schroeder@co.pine.mn.us to be added to our citizen team.
Additional information about the James L. Oberstar State Trail can be found at the Minnesota DNR web page2018 Trail Event
2017 Trail Event