Emily/Outing ATV Trail Access Change

All motorized vehicle users that make use of the Ruth Lake Water Public Water Access (WAS) to gain access to the Emily/Outing GIA trail should be aware of a change that was effective March 1, 2015. The Ruth Lake WAS, which lies at the far east end of Mill Road in Emily, Minnesota and continues north along Ruth Lake for ¼ section, was acquired and developed with US Federal Grant monies in 1998. Therefore, this WAS parcel has federal interest attached to it, and no motorized vehicle use is allowed except for the launching and retrieving of a watercraft on Ruth Lake.

MN offThe Emily/Outing GIA ATV trail runs along the western edge of this parcel, which ATV’s, Snowmobiles, Off-Highway Motorcycles, and Highway Licensed Vehicles use to access the trail for recreational riding and hunting. The Minnesota DNR, along with Cass and Crow Wing County authorities, have been in discussion with federal authorities to find a resolution, such as an easement for the trail access. No resolution was agreed upon, so the closure is in effect. The Over the Hills Gang ATV club also looked at alternatives, however private land surrounds this parcel, and rerouting the trail is not a possibility at this time.

ATV traffic will be routed along the MN State Highway 6 ditch. The Ruth Lake WAS is only one of many that the US Federal Authorities are closing around the state for motorized access. The Over the Hills Gang ATV Club is required to remove this trail access from all maps and signage that could direct a rider across this federal parcel.

As a rider, you can have your voice heard by sending a letter or message of concern to our local US Congressman Rick Nolan, or our US Senators Al Franken or Amy Klobuchar. Let them know that County, State and Federal authorities must find common sense solutions to work on finding recreational opportunities for all citizens. A common sense solution is to allow an easement for the trail to cross this federal parcel.

This trail access has been in use for over 10 years, and moving into a Grant-In-Aid trail means the trail gets maintained, signed, and monitored resulting in improved safety and protection for the environment. The legal description of this parcel is:

The (SE 1/4 SW 1/4), Section fifteen (15), Township 138, Range 26, West, Govt. lot #1.

 

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