Diamond Lake Regional Trail Master Plan

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Three Rivers Park District is beginning the master planning process for future development of a new north-south regional trail through the western portion of Hennepin County. Identified as the Diamond Lake Regional Trail, it will travel 20 miles through Dayton, Rogers, Corcoran, Medina, Long Lake, Orono and Wayzata. The vision for the trail is a 10-foot-wide paved, multi-use trail that will connect natural areas, other regional trails in the Three Rivers system, and local parks and trails. Trail uses include biking, hiking, dog walking, running, and in-line skating.

Your opinion is important to us. Please click on the link below to view the potential trail route options and leave your comments in the interactive map. If you prefer to leave a general comment about the Diamond Lake Regional Trail Master Plan, please leave a comment in the Guest Book below.

The map shows multiple potential trail route options for the Diamond Lake Regional Trail. Each segment may have its unique pros and cons. Ultimately, one preferred route will be determined from this collection of trail segments in the map, based on public and stakeholder input. Your comments on these segments will help guide our decision on the final preferred route recommendation.


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This master plan project will result in a preferred alignment for the future regional trail. Once approved by the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners and the Metropolitan Council, this master plan will guide the future development of the trail as funding, right-of-way acquisition and local development allows. Trail construction is typically done in multiple phases as funding and development opportunities arise. Final completion may take many years or even decades.


Please email questions about the master plan process to DLRT@threeriversparks.org. For answers to commonly-asked questions about the project, check out this Frequently Asked Questions document.



Three Rivers Park District is beginning the master planning process for future development of a new north-south regional trail through the western portion of Hennepin County. Identified as the Diamond Lake Regional Trail, it will travel 20 miles through Dayton, Rogers, Corcoran, Medina, Long Lake, Orono and Wayzata. The vision for the trail is a 10-foot-wide paved, multi-use trail that will connect natural areas, other regional trails in the Three Rivers system, and local parks and trails. Trail uses include biking, hiking, dog walking, running, and in-line skating.

Your opinion is important to us. Please click on the link below to view the potential trail route options and leave your comments in the interactive map. If you prefer to leave a general comment about the Diamond Lake Regional Trail Master Plan, please leave a comment in the Guest Book below.

The map shows multiple potential trail route options for the Diamond Lake Regional Trail. Each segment may have its unique pros and cons. Ultimately, one preferred route will be determined from this collection of trail segments in the map, based on public and stakeholder input. Your comments on these segments will help guide our decision on the final preferred route recommendation.


View the Map


This master plan project will result in a preferred alignment for the future regional trail. Once approved by the Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners and the Metropolitan Council, this master plan will guide the future development of the trail as funding, right-of-way acquisition and local development allows. Trail construction is typically done in multiple phases as funding and development opportunities arise. Final completion may take many years or even decades.


Please email questions about the master plan process to DLRT@threeriversparks.org. For answers to commonly-asked questions about the project, check out this Frequently Asked Questions document.



General Comments

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Love this! We live in Dayton and are excited about the future plans. One suggestion is an app that would allow you to input where you want to start on the bike trail and where to end with bike trail GPS directions (kind of like Waze but for a bike trail).

Krakowski 2 days ago

Ferndale has to be removed from consideration. I don't live on Ferndale, but it is way too busy of a road already and would make it even more dangerous. Hunter Drive is narrow and cars drive very fast and many bikes use the road. We are always concerned about the safety. There is water on the west side so that may be an issue. Also most houses on the east side set back from the road more than those on the west side so there would be room. We love to bike!!

CountryGal 9 days ago

We live in Rogers and are a very active family. We would love to have any paved trail access to bike or run on. I think this trail is a great start and eventually would love to see a path on Brockton to 101 that connects to Elm Creek trails.

Mschultz 11 days ago

Please put the trail along Hunter Road between 6 and 24. We along with many would use the trail. Hunter Road is now often used and is dangerous with no berm.

Robert Carter 13 days ago

Continued development of the bike trails is the future. I can understand the feelings of not wanting the shape of the landscape to change however change is inevitable. Citizens today want this amenity. I feel unsafe riding on the county roads which is the only option in Corcoran for a longer ride. Recently a friend biking on a county road near Delano was the victim of a hit and run accident. He needed surgery and hospitalization. If you cannot build a continuous trail from Wayzata and Medina then please consider a trail in Corcoran and Rogers to connect to the trails in Plymouth and Dayton. Corcoran is developing now and people will want these kinds of activities available to them. This is the time to make it happen!

Kay 15 days ago

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Guck 16 days ago

We would like the trail that is purposed on the south end of Hassan hills to go around the wetlands instead of through the middle. It makes no sense to make a trail right through the middle of the wooded area. It is wet most of the year.

Guck 16 days ago

Please keep pavement OUT OF Crow Hassan. Too beautiful a natural resource AND bikes near horses is an equation that equals DISASTER and INJURIES.

BikeANDHorseLover 16 days ago

Would love to see a trail system throughout Rogers to provide safe walking and biking! We lack easy ways to navigate through nature like our neighboring cities have, and would greatly benefit from this plan

MD09 16 days ago

Would love to have the vision to bring Three Rivers trails through Rogers to fruition with this project. A stop at Henry's Woods is a must. Safe pedestrian corridors like this trail are what will help connect our community of Rogers to the Three Rivers ecosystem. Great work!

Peter M 16 days ago

We do not want a paved trail going through the woods and destroying the wetlands on the south side of our property in Hassan Hills. It could easily go around this area and it could easily be preserved. We would like to see the landscape left as natural as possible with little destruction.

D. Hallman 16 days ago

My family would love a trail going through Rogers. I see so many kids biking in areas without sidewalks. Rogers needs this!

Kristen Worwa 16 days ago

I frequently travel from Rogers to Medina taking Cty Rd 101. It is a beautiful stretch of MN but there is no easy or safe way to bike this area. I often see people biking directly on 101 and it looks very dangerous. I would love for the trail to be built following 101, and for the north end of the trail to go through Rogers near Brockton.

klickshan 16 days ago

I support this trail. Rogers has next to zero outdoor recreation/walking/bike trails. I'd love to be able to commute via bike and have a safer place for my family to bike and hike. I agree with the idea of bridges to protect some natural areas.

Ag 16 days ago

I would love for the trail to go through Rogers so we have a place to bike ride with the family without worrying about traffic! Thank you

Dsmith 16 days ago

My husband and I are leisure road bike buffs and are delighted to see a plan for a path right outside our back door! We’ve ridden many miles to and from the different regional trails and of course ElmCreek since we moved here in 1999 and as the population has grown so has the secondary road traffic. We would definitely use the trail versus the road from our home to another system link because both county rd 144, Brockton Ln/113, and 81 are not safe at all for bikers or walkers. We are 110% in favor of the trail having a direct path from the schools to all the housing additions on the 144 corridor. We don’t know the details of the plan but would not be in favor of including any sort of privacy wall or fencing. It looks so unnatural and tacky at an additional expense.

tvazque1 16 days ago

Please consider going through Rogers!!! We have horrible to no bile trails here. Had a tragic bike vs car accident last year. Need safer trails, thank you in advance! Psst (Start the trail in Rogers)

Beth 16 days ago

Yes please, my family supports this fully! Have been waiting for this since 1996 when we moved here! So excited

Beth 16 days ago

I have been down this road with the Three Rivers Parks Board before. They gather data and input...but discard what what they don't want to acknowledge. Case in point, their insistence on putting paved trails through Crow-Hassan, the last untouched, pristine, wheels-free park in the District. Despite overwhelming feedback against, they are moving forward, which is a pretty clear indicator of how much they value public comment.The Diamond Lake Regional Trail seems like more of the same. Gather input so they can check the box, but having no intention of using anything not supporting their position. This corridor, which supports the Met Council's agenda of an extended paved trail system around and through the metro, is one more in a long list of great options for bikers passing through. But what about those of us who live along the proposed route? We trade amenities we'd love to have (broadband internet anyone?) for space to raise our kids and our animals and to see wildlife on a daily basis. Can you just leave one little corner of the world unpaved, please?

Mary 17 days ago

I was really disturbed after meeting with the Three Rivers staff in Hamel recently. 1) My property has a proposed route on 2 borders and will be about 20 yards from my front door. Yet, I did not receive a notice about the meeting. I found out from another community member. How many other people who are against this trail were excluded? Do they only invite people they think we will support the trail? 2) The staff could not answer my question about why they want to build the bike trail. One person said it was so families and the elderly would have a safe place to walk and ride. Another said it would be a "destination" trail. A third said it would be to get bikers off the roads. It seems like if we are going to spend so many taxpayer dollars, we should know why. 3) I was told the cost of this trail will be $75 million. For a bike trail? Seriously? However, when you start looking at the land they want to purchase and the infrastructure they will need to put in place to cross busy roads and wetlands, it adds up quickly. With our economy as it is, it seems like there is a better way to spend that money. 4) Though they don't use eminent domain, they were clear that your neighbor can sell and they can put the trail next to your property line. So while you may not be a willing seller, it doesn't do much good if your neighbor is. I have really enjoyed he Three Rivers parks and trails over the years. However, the Diamond Lake Regional Trail is not what is needed. It will do little to improve congestion on our roads. (One staff member admitted that he did not think serious bikers who use the roads now would move to the trail.) The western routes are nowhere close to families and areas of denser populations and they don't link up our existing parks. There are few consistent answers related to this trail. After my recent experience with the Three Rivers staff, I feel even worse about this trail than I did before.

NatureLover 21 days ago