Minnesota Waters and Prairie Chapter

Minnesota Waters and Prairie Chapter of the NCTA

About the Chapter:

Chapter Volunteers attaching signs for the section along the downtown Riverwalk in Fergus Falls.

We are the North Country Trail Association’s newest Chapter, organized in November of 2015. Our chapter is quite diverse: male and female, retired and employed, young and older, builders and organizers.

You’re invited to join us for a hike, a Chapter meeting, or to help us build and maintain the Trail in Otter Tail County.


Use the links below to connect with us regarding upcoming events and activities:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/565210860298649/

Join the Chapter for an upcoming hike or event. Visit their Otter Trail Meetup Group Page: https://www.meetup.com/Otter-Tail-Outdoors/

Questions? Visit one of the links above or e-mail the Chapter President, Allan Schroden at schroden@prtel.com

Join our Chapter! Become a donor member of the NCTA then join the Minnesota Waters and Prairie Chapter.


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Trail Overview:

There are currently two sections of trail in Otter Tail County: A three mile section in Maplewood State Park and a ten mile urban and rural loop in Fergus Falls. Both segments provide an interesting mix of prairie and woodland hiking

Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

Road routes currently connect these short segments of off-road trail. The trail through this area both off road and on traverses the agriculturally rich flat Red River Valley.

Area Links:

Suggested Hikes:

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Maplewood State Park

Length: 3 miles

Why Hike this section: Experience the diversity of Maplewood State Park: potholes, prairie, old growth hardwood forest, lakes and hills.

Driving Directions: Maplewood State Park is on Highway 108, east of Pelican Rapids. Park maps available at entrance station.

Hiking Directions: Hike begins at Trail Center. (Loops are possible on other trails within Maplewood State Park to avoid an out and back.)

Fergus Falls Rural/Urban Loop

Length: 9.8 miles

Why Hike this section: Experience the unique environs of the Otter Tail River, the prairie potholes, and historic downtown Fergus Falls.

Driving Directions: Parking at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, DeLagoon City Park trail center, One Mile Prairie at Highway 210 and 19th Avenue, the DNR canoe access on Mt. Faith Avenue, Veteran’s Park on Lincoln Avenue, or Red Sox Park.