A 14-mile section of the Willard Munger State Trail between Carlton and West Duluth that was damaged during the June flood event reopened to the public for limited use on Tuesday, Nov. 20, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Limited use includes pedestrian traffic and winter snowmobile use. The DNR cautions bicyclists and in-line skaters that many trail segments have been temporarily repaired with a gravel surface.
The trail required repairs in multiple locations to stabilize it and to prevent further damage. Those repairs have been completed, and the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division continues to plan for long-term repairs, including repaving damaged sections.
Trail users should be aware that authorized vehicles will occasionally be present as crews address ongoing maintenance and planning for final trail reconstruction. The DNR thanks trail users for their patience and understanding while trail repairs continue.
The Willard Munger State Trail, a multi-use trail paved for 70 miles between Hinckley and Duluth in northeastern Minnesota, is popular with hikers, bicyclists, in-line skaters, snowmobilers and horseback riders. It passes through hardwood forests and offers spectacular views of the St. Louis River and the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior.
For updates, visitors are encouraged to check DNR website or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free, 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.