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Minnesota River Valley State Trail

The Minnesota Valley State Trail is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR) project funded by the State Legislature.  In 2014, the State Legislature approved $2.164 million to construct the Bloomington segment of the State Trail, which extends between the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center and the Bloomington Ferry Road trailhead.  The State Trail corridor through Bloomington will contain a paved trail as well as a natural surface trail.

MnDNR is currently in the process of defining the trail alignment and preparing design documents.  Questions regarding the State Trail should be directed to Brandon Helm with MnDNR Parks and Trails at

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MnDNR has hired an environmental consulting firm to provide wetland delineation services for the entire Minnesota Valley State Trail - Bloomington segment corridor (Bloomington Ferry Bridge to I-494).  During the summer months, crews will be on site surveying plants and soils along the proposed route for the trail in order to determine the location and boundaries of wetlands as defined by Minnesota and Federal law.  Their activities may include use of vehicles and flagging of wetland boundaries.  A City park access permit for personnel and vehicles was issued on June 14.

Identification of wetlands is necessary at this point in the project to ensure that the State has accurate and current data available as they follow through on their commitment to minimize the impact of trail development on the natural and cultural resources present in the valley.

Questions regarding this work should be forwarded to Brandon Helm with MnDNR Parks and Trails at


The trail was authorized in 1969 by the State Legislature to establish a continuous 72-mile trail corridor extending from Fort Snelling State Park to the City of Le Sueur.  While much of the trail upstream (i.e., soutwest) of Shakopee is in place, the segment from Shakopee to Fort Snelling has not been complete.  This is the portion of the trail that passes through Bloomington.

This video describes the missing link of the Minnesota River Valley State Trail between the Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Courtesy of The Friends of Minnesota Valley's Trail Advocacy Group.