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Lost Creek Hiking Trail is fun AND educational


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist

The Lost Creek Hiking Trail was founded by a group of concerned people from Chatfield who wanted to give local citizens an opportunity to hike on a natural trail and learn about our environment. The group later formed a non-profit corporation called the Bluff Country Hiking Club. The Lost Creek Hiking Trail was the first major project of the group.

The Bluff Country Hiking Club began working on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail in February of 2011 with the official opening in October of 2011. The trail starts at Groen Park in Chatfield and runs west for approximately 6 miles. It is open to the public but is limited to hiking and snowshoeing as the trail is natural soil and grass. The trail offers a wide range of terrain and ecosystems including agricultural land, forest, and prairie pasture. The goal of the trail is to provide residents and visitors opportunities for recreation and education while enjoying the scenery and wildlife of our area.

The Fillmore SWCD, in cooperation with the Bluff Country Hiking Club, has sponsored annual forestry field days along the trail since 2011 to highlight the many forest management practices implemented by landowners along the trail, in particular on land owned by Bill and Steve Bailey. Bill and Steve along with Tim Gossman have spearheaded these events and shared their vast knowledge of managing forest land to make it profitable and sustainable. All three serve on the Fillmore SWCD Forestry Committee. Tim is also a member of the SWCD Board of Supervisors. Signs along the trail mark about 20 forest management practices, and a brochure describing the benefits of the practices can be found at the trailheads.

If you would like any information or are interested in joining the group, please contact: www.bluffcountryhikingclub.org. For more information about the forestry practices along the Lost Creek Hiking Trail, go to the Fillmore SWCD website http://www.fillmoreswcd.org/otherSpecial.html.

Rush Creek Trail dedicated in Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

After more than two years of planning and development, and countless hurdles, the first phase of the Rush Creek Trail project in Rushford is in its last steps to completion. The extension, which ties into the Root River Trail, runs north from the st ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts youth Fun Shoot day

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

On a recent stroll down memory lane, Norrin Storelee and Dave Campbell recalled the early days of the Lanesboro Gun Club. Norrin recalls one Halloween when some folks were out at the gun club goofing around and some outhouses got knocked over. Not t ..... 
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Local bear hunter tags possible record holder

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When you think bear hunting, you may get the image of a burly, north woodsman holding a large rifle while stalking a massive beast. You may be surprised then to meet Jennifer Nolte, of Chatfield. The small-framed mother of three young children is ha ..... 
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Free wagon rides along the Lanesboro-Whalen State Trail

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012, beginning at the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro then travel to Whalen and back to ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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National Trout Center holds raffle for great prizes

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Here’s your chance to win a Headwaters Bamboo Rod (Model: Peerless Santiam 7’0” 5/6 wt Medium) valued at $800 and a box of seven dozen hand-tied flies by Lyle Besse valued at $200. To view these items please visit the National Trout Center’s ..... 
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Restoration of Minneopa State Park waterfall bridge will limit park access

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

An extensive reconstruction of the 90-year-old waterfall bridge at Minneopa State Park will limit access to certain areas of the park over the next three months, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "The waterfall brid ..... 
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