Carver Singletrack Trail

Bicyclist riding on mountain bike trail in a field

Three Rivers Park District is developing a new singletrack trail within Carver Park Reserve in 2019. The trail is being developed in partnership with the One Track Mind Foundation.

The trail will be located in the western portion of the park reserve and will be up to 10 miles long. It will be an off-road, unpaved, singletrack trail, similar to the trails at Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves, and it will be open year-round.

Survey recap

In May, we sought public input about ideas, hopes and concerns related to the new trail through a survey posted on this site. We received more than 900 responses from park users interested in mountain biking, horseback riding, archery, Nordic skiing and other activities.



Feedback about draft design

From June 11 - 23, the public was invited to make comments on the draft design map and in the Guestbook below. We also held a public open house on June 18 at Carver Park Reserve, which gave people an opportunity to ask questions and make written comments.

Although the comment period is closed, you can still view the map and the comments we received.

View the Map

Watershed district reviews singletrack trail permit

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is reviewing permit application #19-351 for conformance with the District’s rules. Three Rivers Park District is proposing a singletrack mountain bike trail located in Carver Park Reserve within Laketown Township. MCWD regulates the project under its Erosion Control, Wetland Protection, and Waterbody Crossings & Structures rules. There are no proposed permanent wetland impacts and there are no proposed increases to the floodstage upstream or downstream of Parley Lake or Lundsten Lake.

Contact Heidi Quinn with questions or concerns regarding the permit at hquinn@minnehahacreek.org or 952-641-4504.

Permits are reviewed by staff for compliance with District rules. Interested parties may request that the permit be considered by the MCWD Board of Managers. Requests for board consideration must be in writing and received at the MCWD offices prior to 4:30 PM, Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.

Three Rivers Park District is developing a new singletrack trail within Carver Park Reserve in 2019. The trail is being developed in partnership with the One Track Mind Foundation.

The trail will be located in the western portion of the park reserve and will be up to 10 miles long. It will be an off-road, unpaved, singletrack trail, similar to the trails at Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves, and it will be open year-round.

Survey recap

In May, we sought public input about ideas, hopes and concerns related to the new trail through a survey posted on this site. We received more than 900 responses from park users interested in mountain biking, horseback riding, archery, Nordic skiing and other activities.



Feedback about draft design

From June 11 - 23, the public was invited to make comments on the draft design map and in the Guestbook below. We also held a public open house on June 18 at Carver Park Reserve, which gave people an opportunity to ask questions and make written comments.

Although the comment period is closed, you can still view the map and the comments we received.

View the Map

Watershed district reviews singletrack trail permit

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is reviewing permit application #19-351 for conformance with the District’s rules. Three Rivers Park District is proposing a singletrack mountain bike trail located in Carver Park Reserve within Laketown Township. MCWD regulates the project under its Erosion Control, Wetland Protection, and Waterbody Crossings & Structures rules. There are no proposed permanent wetland impacts and there are no proposed increases to the floodstage upstream or downstream of Parley Lake or Lundsten Lake.

Contact Heidi Quinn with questions or concerns regarding the permit at hquinn@minnehahacreek.org or 952-641-4504.

Permits are reviewed by staff for compliance with District rules. Interested parties may request that the permit be considered by the MCWD Board of Managers. Requests for board consideration must be in writing and received at the MCWD offices prior to 4:30 PM, Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.


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Thank you for the beautiful trails. I appreciate you willingness to accommodate so many sports. I ride horses in your park. Please try to put as much distance between horses and bikers. Bikes move fast and create risks for horse rides. I have to say park pedestrians always stop when we are approaching them in the park. Not so with bikers. They are moving so fast or just don’t care to stop and create risk of frightening horses. Separate horse paths from bike paths. Thanks for your consideration.

Lisa 30 days ago

I so appreciate that you are adjusting the horse riding trails to allow some buffer with the new biking trail. As there are still some areas of potential interaction, crossings and close proximity of trails, it would be great if you could post some educational info at the Trailheads. Simple things like bikers letting riders know if you are approaching them, ahead or more importantly from behind. This interaction so decreases a horse's fear response to movement nearby. I or any other park rider could help you with this. Maybe there are things we riders can do to make the bikers' experiences more enjoyable. So often, negative interaction between park users is simply a lack of knowledge or sensitivity. I also think that the bikers should pay for a Park Pass as their trails will need to be maintained. I have paid for a Park Pass for the last 33 years and am fine about it. I do think that other users should contribute as well. Thanks for listening and for the beautiful parks!

Kathleen Swanson about 1 month ago

This is well overdue for the Southwest side. The multi-loop layout looks great. I’m sure this will become the local kids favorite place to ride. It will be a memorable occasion for many, especially the youth, when the ribbon is cut at the grand opening. Thanks so much!

Coach about 1 month ago

If possible please include passing lanes to accommodate possible future NICA races, a short cut to create a 3 mile and 6 mile loop for greater accessibility for young riders.

Stumpjumper1992 about 1 month ago

Would love to see some Big advanced features put in. Wall rides, big drops, jumps with or without gaps, fast,tight n twisty downhill sections, teeter totters, burms you can rail on hard.... There should be plenty of room to build an expert/pro/ aka Black Diamond trail or Double Black Diamond trail within the proposed boundaries. I’ve 30 yrs experience riding and building trails. Can’t wait to discuss the future of the park on the 18th. Thanks

BigDip about 1 month ago