Laurentian Lakes Chapter

Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association

About the Chapter:

The Laurentian Lakes Chapter (LLC) formed in 2006 and has 85 members, mostly from the Ponsford, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Frazee areas of Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota. The Chapter is responsible for 72 miles of the NCT. To date, it has built 47.15 miles and maintains 62 miles of trail from Itasca State Park to the Becker/Otter Tail County border near Frazee.

Guided hikes are generally held monthly with anchor events in January (Winter Trails Day), June (National Trails Day), August (Hiking Fest) and September (National Scenic Trails Day). Each hike is advertised in area newspapers, Chamber of Commerce newsletters and Meetup Membership meetings are held quarterly to include a January dinner meeting/silent auction and a Joint Meeting with the Itasca Moraine Chapter in October with a dinner and featured speaker.

The LLC Board meets several times a year to discuss Chapter activities such as planning, building and maintaining trails, hiking events, training volunteers, marketing and membership.

The Chapter welcomes new members and deeply appreciates the work of current LLC members and non-member volunteers who contribute approximately 2200 hours to the Chapter per year. Use the links below to connect with us. We would love to have you join us!

Connect:

Please contact us to find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:

Email: llc@northcountrytrail.org

Meetup: meetup.com/HikeNCTinMN

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NCTinMN

View and Download our Chapter Brochure (with Map)

Join our Chapter! Become a member of the NCTA, join a Chapter and select Laurentian Lakes Chapter here: northcountrytrail.org/membership

Maps:

View this area of the Trail on our online map

Events:

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Trail Overview:

Hikers in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

LLC is named after the Laurentian Divide, a north-south divide separating the waters of the northern Midwestern United States from the waters of eastern and southern Canada. The north south section from Tamarac to Long Lost Lake follows the divide.

The Trail in the LLC crosses (going from South to North) the Hubbel Pond Wildlife Management Area, the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, a Becker County Forest, the Greenwater Lake Scientific and Natural Area, the White Earth State Forest and Itasca State Park, traveling through and around prairie fields, forests, lakes, rivers and ponds. Historical points of interest include old railroad beds used for logging, evidence of the first settlers, work of the CCC, life of the Ojibwa, where the continental divide separates waters flowing North to Hudson Bay from the South to the Gulf of Mexico and the Headwaters of the Mississippi.

Frazee – Trail Town

Frazee is a small city in northwestern Minnesota, located on the , BNSF railway’s northern transcontinental route, and U.S. Highway 10.  Frazee is a modern day recreational crossroads as it is where the future Heartland State Trail extension will meet the Otter Tail River state water trail and the NCT.  Learn more about the Trail Town of Frazee here.

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Suggested Hikes:

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Brief Hikes to discover the NCT

Hike North from State Hwy 34 Trailhead as far as you want to go and then return. You will cross through prairie fields and see wetlands.

Hike South from Hwy 113 Trailhead/White Earth State Forest passing through a white pine plantation and return.

Loop Hikes when you don’t want to backtrack to your vehicle

Old Indian Trail in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Bear Paw Spur loop trail in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

If you have several hours, try these:

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge from Pine Lake parking to Old Indian Trailhead – Hike 2.2 miles through a mixture of old fields, hardwoods and along the shores of Tamarac Lake.

Hwy 113 to CR-39 Trailhead – Hike 4.3 miles through a mix of hardwoods and pine plantations and over some hilly terrain. Part of this hike is along the Laurentian (Continental) Divide.

Elbow Lake Road to Hwy 113 Trailhead – Hike 4.8 miles along the Laurentian Divide passing though majestic hardwoods and tall pines.

Itasca – Hwy 113 east/Gartner Farm Trailhead to South Entrance of Itasca – Hike 7.5 miles through an old growth pine forest and numerous lakes.

Note: A popular two day backpack is from Old Headquarters to the South Entrance at 17.8 miles.