Construction and Design


Vermilion Falls Trail

Voyageur Country ATV is an ATV club with over 800 ATV member enthusiasts in northern St Louis County and recently expanding into Koochiching County.

Voyageur Country ATV built out an ATV trail system connecting the geography Cook to International Falls and east toward Ely along the Echo Trail. Voyageur Country ATV built several looped segments between Lake Vermilion and Lake Kabetogama. Connected communities also include City of Orr, Buyck, Crane Lake, Camp 5, Portage, and Beatty Townships.

One segment of trail was built during 2020 connecting the resort community of Crane Lake to the US Forest Service Recreation Area at Vermilion Falls, a very popular picnic destination. The connection is a 6 mile Grant in Aid snowmobile trail link that we enhanced for ATV, off-road motorcycle, and hiking using just one corridor for all sports.

We leveraged funding from various sources including $150,000 in RTP grants. Others were $400,000 LCCMR, $10,000 Polaris, $6,500 Yamaha, $1,000 Lake Country Power, and $50,000 raised locally by the club.

The project included ditching, adding culverts and shaping for water management, trail hardening, and a 256 foot Elevated Boardwalk across a beaver pond area. The boardwalk (bridge) is constructed on helical piles and is 12 feet wide, 10 ton so that snowmobile trail grooming can cross the bridge. The bridge is now a destination point, preserving the resource below it and providing a scenic overlook. New gates and trail signing was installed by club members.

The trail segment is on USFS managed lands. We worked with Forest Service staff and our engineers to permit two trail re-routs away from wetlands. The local snowmobile club along with MN DNR then changed the snowmobile trail alignment to match the new re-routes furthering resource preservation. St Louis County is our RGU and funding sponsor.

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2018: Ouachita National Recreation Trail Shelters - Arkansas and Oklahoma

2017: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area - Pennsylvania

2016: Kanab Creek OHV Bridge - Utah

2015: Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point Trail Project - Colorado

2015: Joanna Trail Project - Missouri

2014: Abbott Motocross Park - Nebraska

2014: Millersburg Historic Park and Trailhead - Michigan

2013: East and West Twin Creek Bridges - Michigan

2012: Chattahoochee Nature Trails - Florida

2012: Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway - Nevada

2011: Iron Range OHV Recreation Area - Minnesota

2010: Agassiz Recreational Trail - Minnesota

2009: Sam Houston Multiple-Use Trail - Texas

2008: Wanoga Snopark Shelter - Oregon

2007: Potato Knob Trail at Holly River State Park - West Virginia

2006: Indian Canyon Trailhead - California

2006: Upper Waiakea ATV/Dirt Bike Park - Hawaii

2006: County Line Acres Bikeway - Ohio

2005: River Bluff Trail Project - Indiana

2005: Red Creek Bridge - Michigan

2005: MKT Trailhead Project - Missouri

2004: Diana Bend Conservation Area Trail Project - Missouri

2004: Sweetser Switch Trail Project - Indiana

2003: Jane Addams Trail - Illinois

2003: Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Area - West Virginia

2003: Ten Mile Snopark Facilities - Oregon