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.



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.



General Comments

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I know many people are worried about the peace being interrupted in the area, but the twin cities is growing regardless. The Plymouth area has seen significant growth, and it's most likely going to happen to all the regions west in the near future. It's nice to see the vision for designing this trail before it's overrun with suburbia. The trail may even prevent some regions from being urbanized if designed correctly. Definitely for the trail system, especially if it allows safe passage crossing over major highways.

klkruse 3 days ago

Love the idea of a North south paved trail west of plymouth. Would love to ride from home to Dakota Trail or north to elm creek. Good plan running along Arrowhead and down 118.

RonW 3 days ago

Barry Ave is a far better choice than Ferndale Rd for connecting trails. Barry Ave is wider, has more parking options, and is closer to downtown Wayzata to help support local businesses. Ferndale is too narrow, has limited parking options and isn't convenient to downtown. Plus Ferndale is the most beautiful street in Wayzata with it's canopy of mature trees. Let's not tear up Ferndale when Barry is a better option.

WayzataHomeOwner 4 days ago

I think it is a great idea. We could use more trails in the western corridor. My only wish is it somehow taps into the Elm Creek trail near Fish Lake. Thanks

DVHenry 4 days ago

Completely support the regional trail proposed here. As a biker who heavily uses the west metro's network of trails, the northwest is underrepresented in paved trails. Love it (and please pave it like the Dakota rail trail!)

Biker88 6 days ago

Love the project for more trails. It brings together communities and makes it easier for everyone to be outdoors, walking, biking, rolle blading, etc. I would also like to see the snowmobile trails continue and be expanded and have consideration while expanding the trails. You cannot have enough trails in the community! Thank you!

Osseo96 6 days ago

I love biking. I live in Anoka County, but I’ve biked more than 1,000 miles this summer, all in Hennepin County. I wish Anoka County Parks developed our natural resources the way I see it in Three Rivers. 40 years ago, I biked what is now one of the most popular trails around-now called the Grand Rounds in Minneapolis. I’m glad that someone had the vision to develop these trails in the city. I appreciate the fact that Three Rivers presents a vision for the future of recreation, and asks for input from residents. I wish Anoka County was nearly as good at it. I don’t understand the arguments against it. No need for this? Maybe it will be sparsely used initially, but it’s building for the future. It will take away your tranquility? Really? A 10-wide strip of asphalt used for non-motorized recreation disrupts the peace? Wow. I appreciate the efforts of Three Rivers, and I place a high value on the network of natural resources they’re building.

Art from the other side 7 days ago

Stop the nonsense. There is no need for this trail in this area. There are plenty of trails around for people to bike and run. I drive down CR 19 frequently which has a bike trail along the road and most of the time the bikers are on the road and not on the trial. It will destroy nature and quietness the area which is not fair to those that live there. They live in the country for a reason. Notice how everyone that is for it lives elsewhere? And how about the people that are using it, pay for it. Where is this money coming from especially during an economic downturn?

BigTenMN 7 days ago

I do not support the Diamond Lake Regional Trail. The proposed trail cuts through my yard where my garden, garden shed and chicken coop are. As others have said I moved here to enjoy the wetlands, tranquility and space. Bringing this trail to my neighborhood/yard takes all of that away. Please don't wreck what my husband and I have worked very hard to accomplish; a save place for our kids to play/grow up.

RogersCitizen 8 days ago

We live in Medina and oppose this Diamond Lake Regional Trail. The proposed trail cuts through neighborhoods and wetland areas. We moved to Medina because of all the green space, please stop changing the landscape.

Rt2008 10 days ago

We would like to voice our opposition to the diamond lake regional trail. We moved out to this area because of the solitude and tranquility it provides. The trail would disrupt this peaceful setting. In the 7 metro counties we have one of the greatest trail systems in the US. When is enough, enough!!!

Rt2008 10 days ago

Please make sure the south side of Rogers is included in the trail plan. We definitely need access this as well

Gigijaime 13 days ago

Please do not put hard pavement down. It is hard on runners and creates a dangerous situation with bikes going to fast!

Cathy v 13 days ago

I am a heavy user of the trails in/around Maple Grove and Elm Creek park for biking, walking and dog walks. I have routes going south I would love to travel (Eagle Lake and beyond) but the lack of trail access prevents me from roaming farther without roadside riding. Maple Grove is continuing to grow in population at an incredible pace, clogging the sidewalks and road sides (which are not designed for bikers at all). The trails around Elm Creek are heavily used every single day and providing alternatives would be a great breathe of fresh air. Thank you for considering the link of Elm Creek to both this plan and for the Eagle to Bryan Lake proposal. both are excellent choices that I know will energize many communities.

JamesWaldron 13 days ago

I love the Dakota Regional Trail for cycling. I just wish that there was a proposal for a connection from the end of this trail in Lester Prairie to the trail in Hutchinson! In regards to the proposal for a northbound route from Wayzata, I'm happy that another trail is being considered. Some of the things I love about the Dakota Trail that I hope would also be implemented into the new trail plan include: 1. Awesome pavement 2. Not a bunch of roads to cross. I purposely avoid the Gateway Trail in St. Paul due to the number of roads that one has to stop at to cross streets. 3. Must say I really like the flat land. 4. Lakes - it is nice how although the Dakota trail passes many lakes, it stays on its own route - not like some lakes in Mpls areas which have all these curvy bike lanes that are truly a nuisance! 5. I would not want a trail that is parallel to a road that has multiple curb cuts to cross roads - these seem more of a hazard than a mode of safety. THanks for letting me share my thoughts.

Lisa D 17 days ago

I am very supportive of development of the Diamond Lake Regional Trail. While I believe that the most direct connection between the Dakota and Luce Line trails would be Ferndale Road I'm concerned that the narrowness of the road and apparent lack of additional right-of-way will make it challenging to create a separate and safe trail between Lake Street and Wayzata Boulevard. The alternative Barry Street route is much wider and already incorporates a dedicated bike lane. This area has additional on and off street parking options which might even include weekend parking at the Met Transit Park and Ride lot. Finally diverting trail traffic to the east would encourage more users to explore the shops, restaurants, and other amenities of Wayzata

Dave from Wayzata 20 days ago

I am not very familiar with the variety of proposed routes. My husband and I use three rivers biking trails several times per week, so in general I would prefer a trail that is mostly wooded, has the least number of road crossings, has stops of interest such as local cafes, restaurants or breweries. I am excited to see this trail developed! Thank you for your work and dedication, I appreciate it greatly!

Amy C 21 days ago