Star of the North Chapter

View of a pond from the Milton Lake Esker.

View of a pond from the Milton Lake Esker.

About the Chapter:

Trail workers

Matt Davis and Phil Nimps working on the trail.

The Star of the North Chapter is the original chapter formed in Minnesota. When new trail is built in an area which has no chapter it will become the responsibility of the Star of the North Chapter to maintain it. Some chapter members drive over 5 hours to work on the trail and can be found working on the trail in other states.

We would love to have you join us. Connect with us using one of the links below.

Connect:

To get in touch with the Star of the North Chapter to find out how you can get involved or join them for an upcoming activity, please use the links below:

North Country Trail in Minnesota Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NCTinMN/

Meet Up Group: https://www.meetup.com/Chip-NCT-hikers/

E-mail: stn@northcountrytrail.org

Membership: Join the NCTA here, select Join a Chapter, and choose Star of the North as your Chapter.

Maps:

View this area of Trail on our online map here.

Events:

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Trail Overview:

The Star of the North is responsible for approximately 30 miles of trail from Co Rd 125 west of Highway 84 to Co Rd 6 northeast of Remer.

The trail passes through a mix of forest with numerous wetlands and beaver ponds. The trail is hillier to the east with more rolling hills to the west.

Milton Lake Esker campsite.

Milton Lake Esker campsite.

Most notable is the Milton Esker northeast of Remer. The town of Remer has several events during the summer, Big Foot Days and the Harvest Festival that are fun to attend.

Puncheon along North Country Trail

Puncheon with a section left open for a beaver run. We have planks to put in place to get the mowers across.

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Suggested Hikes:

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The Milton Esker

A popular hike starting at Upper Milton Lake.

Distance: 2.1 miles from the parking at Upper Lake Milton to parking at FR2321.

Why hike this section: Leaving parking the trail quickly climbs to the top of the esker where it remains for 1732 ft. There is a small campsite near the beginning of the hike and you’ll get views through the trees on top of the ridge to either side where you’ll sometimes see small ponds.

Soo Line

Distance: 3 miles from the Soo Line ATV trail to FR2117.

Why hike this section: The Soo Line is an old railroad line that has been converted to an ATV trail but it’s wide enough for you to drive a car on. The trail travels through forest passing past a large wetlands area with a small beaver pond that has created a problem with the trail. Puncheon has been created in one spot with a removable section that allows the beavers to travel to the wetlands. Hopefully they’ll leave the puncheon alone. There is also a large flat area with a campsite above one of the ponds.

Wetland Wonder

Distance: An easy 6.2 mile hike from Highway 200 to Highway 84 is a Wetland Wonder.

Why Hike this Section: This trail starts just west of the Boy River which is a good canoeing river. The beginning stretch travels through mixed forest but you’ll soon start seeing ponds, wetlands and bogs. There is one campsite on this route.