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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Consider making wooden/cement boardwalks over wetlands en route instead of Importing land for paved trails. Elm creek park has a bridge like that. The point being to disrupt the local ecosystem as little as possible.

Grant Johnson 1 day ago

I appreciate a good trail, but I beg of you to consider not taking these trails through private back yards. I’m talking specifically about the one proposal of cutting through the yards of several Tuckborough Farms and Tuckborough Ridge homes (near Hunter, Tamarack, Navajo in Medina). There are so many trees, wetlands, wildlife, etc that will all be disrupted by a trail. Also the privacy and security of the neighborhood is at risk. I sincerely hope you choose another path. Private yards are no place for public trails. Thank you.

Concerned Neighbor 3 days ago

I go on bike rides in the Medina, west Plymouth area multiple times per week so would greatly appreciate having a better trail option in this area. There are very few good east west connections between trails in this area resulting in more cyclists on roads and highways. I am still greatly interested in having a closer north/south route like the Diamond Lake regional trail.

Jcbiker77 5 days ago

Could you look at extending the Diamond Lake Regional Trail around the area of Hwy 101, near the 4 corners of Plymouth, Medina, Corcoran and Maple Grove? This area is really lacking in biking and walking trails. Thank you!

CJ And 5 days ago

I am not a current resident of Wayzata, but drive in from North Ferndale daily. I feel strongly that the provided routes for coming through Wayzata are both terrible. There must be a better option. Ferndale is a Historic, tree lined road (especially between Wayzata Blvd. and Lake Street). Additionally, it is a very steep, which could potentially lead to many high speed issues at the intersection of Lake and Ferndale. This intersection is already clogged: cars (from multiple directions), trains and pedestrians merge from all different directions. Barry Avenue has some similar issues; hills that could potentially cause high speed collisions, and this options includes a route coming down North Ferndale. Honestly, where on Barry are you going to put a 10 foot paved trail???). Wayzata has already become a concrete jungle. What about the path following the 15 West exit ramp off off Wayzata Blvd? I encourage you to find more options and remove downtown Wayzata from the proposed options entirely.

Biker, mother, and concerned citizen 8 days ago

As much as possible, connect Diamond Lake Regional Trail to the trail networks within the other Three River Park AND the Regional Trail network. Therefore, Elm Creek PR to Crow Hassan PR to Lake Rebecca PR to Baker PR, etc.

MarkPR 12 days ago

This is a good idea for a route not now readily usable without riding on a rather highly used county road(s). It would be nice if there were a map available that showed the route options without all of the comments.Thanks, Dennis

Dennis 13 days ago

This is a great idea to loop in the new residential growth occurring in Medina/West Plymouth to access trails without the need to drive to a trail head.

Max 13 days ago

I love the idea of additional bike paths. It is amenities such as these that make Minnesota a great place to live. However, addition another trail head to Wayzata will exacerbate two issues: lack of adequate parking and crowded roads. There is not enough parking at Wayzata beach to a accommodate the current users of the bike paths, beach and marina. What is the plan to create more parking?The roads are already too crowded with bikers, cars and pedestrians. Many of the more serious bikers ignore road signs, and bike in the roads even when a path is available along side the road creating serious safety issues. I recommend creating a trailhead, with adequate parking somewhere north, around the area of County Road 6. Those of us wishing to bike north would not add to the congestion in Wayzata. And, those of us who want to access the Luce Line could bike south, splitting the traffic to Luce Line to come from both directions

Hennepin county resident 14 days ago

This is a good idea. I hope snowmobiles and horses are considered for use on the trail(s) as well.

Stevejo 15 days ago

In general, I am supportive of new trails that will support bicycle commuting from place to place (as opposed to driving a car) - especially if some of the trails might also be cleared for travel in the wintertime. It seems like that is the main goal of this project? For recreation activities, I'd rather see more unpaved rec trails & more protected park lands between communities... horse style trails that can be used for nordic skiing, running, walking/hiking, snowshoeing, etc. Those could then always be paved as needs shift in the future. We have quite a few paved trails already (I am a cyclist/runner/inline skater/skiier). I'd just like to suggest that we be mindful of the best thing for the health of the community and the ecosystem in which we live.

katiej1111 18 days ago

Please remove Ferndale Rd (Wayzata Blvd to Lake St.) from your consideration set. The road already has an enormous amount of traffic as cars/trucks/construction vehicles use it as a preferred link between Wayzata Blvd & Shoreline Dr. In addition, as the city further develops condo's and other developments towards the west end of Lake St., one can only assume that traffic will continue to increase on this section of road. Alternatively, a link further West or East could be made on a much quieter street and would provide more safety to the pedestrians, bikers, etc. who would be using the trail.

traffic 23 days ago

I am supportive of bike trails, but want to planners to understand characteristics of some of the proposed routes. (1) Several of the proposed routes go near to the Wolsfeld Woods, a scientific and natural preserve, and I am concerned about bikes trepassing in Wolsfeld. (2) The area particularly west of Tamarack and south of 55 has many horse properties and trail riding. Bikes can often spook from horses. (3) There are many wetlands in the Medina area that need to be protected. (4) Baker Park is just west of this area and has a long north/south bike trail along County Rd 19. Why not use that as a part of this plan? (5) When Medina paved some of its roads around 30 years ago, the roads were made extra-wide with a bike lane. Be sure to add this to your planning.

Mav 23 days ago

Connecting Wayzata north is AMAZING. Thank you! Barry is far too dangerous for this connection, given it's blind curvesFerndale is the only option, and it's a NEEDED option. This is the path everyone uses and it's currently extremely dangerous, since there is no shoulder and cars are not generous. It's always matter of time before more kids biking on Ferndale get hit. Don't let the 2 Ferndale neighbors who have created multiple accounts and have sent around a blanket text to use persuade you otherwise. This is people who don't want to have bike traffic "in their yard". Ferndale truly is your only option and it has two effects - making Ferndale traffic safer and avoiding a very dangerous Barry Ave. The fact that so many people already choose that option IN SPITE of its clear dangerous should be all the validation you need that this is the right choice!THANK YOU for doing this!

Wayzata citizen 27 days ago

I am a frequent user of many trails and while the idea of connecting them sounds great, safety must be the number one concern. Connecting to Wayzata sounds great - but it must be done safely - and there are really only 2 options. 1 - Connecting to the new trail head in Wayzata which is now at Broadway. Broadway north is a straight road and there is a light at the intersection of Wayzata Blvd. 2 - Connecting to the path via Ferndale which makes the most sense. It is the most direct route, is a straight road, could easily be expanded, there is already a four way stop at Wayzata Blvd and minimizes the amount of traffic on Wayzata Blvd. The current route during the detour this summer in Wayzata that takes people on Barry has shown this is not a viable option. It is the most dangerous road in the city. It is not a straight road (which you cannot fix) and the intersection with Wayzata Blvd is at a dangerous angle with numerous accidents this summer - both car accidents and bike accidents.

Trail User 27 days ago

We do need this trail, and more like this. The nimbyism of some residents is typical, yet they can be a vocal and powerful minority. Please devote budgets for proper research to get a good sense of majority opinions.

Malenaink about 1 month ago

There are more motorized vehicles on the trails lately, usually going too fast, typically out of shape people on electric bicycles. Enforcement?

Malenaink about 1 month ago

Please do not bring the Diamond Lake Trail into Wayzata. I believe the trails should stay out in the nature and rural areas and not go through the residential areas. There has been a significant increase in traffic and population density on the west side of Wayzata. It would be a dangerous crossing over Wayzata Blvd and at the Ferndale/Lake Street or Barry/Lake intersections. Ferndale is already a very busy road and the traffic will only increase with the addition of more condominium buildings under development. The grade is significant and will result with bikers going into a high speed down the hill into a very busy intersection. There will be a significant impact to the residents along Ferndale to their landscapes and privacy, noise and pollution. In addition, the beauty of Ferndale will be ruined because you would have to cut down so many lovely trees along the road to accommodate the trail. This seems to be against the mission and values of Three Rivers Park.

WayzataResident about 1 month ago

I don't see the need for this trail. We already have a north/south trail coming out of Baker. Just link that up to the Dakota trail. You will save a ton of time and money. This area is more in need of east/west routes, as there is nothing north of Luce Line. If you do waste money on this, run it as far to the east as you can. There are more roads to follow which will be less of an impact for current residents. Plus more people live close by and will be able to use it. If you run the route to the west the trail will be inaccessible to most families and you will be destroying some beautiful wetlands and nature areas.

NatureLover about 1 month ago

Please do not put the bike path along Ferndale. Ferndale is already a way too busy street and often feels "like an accident waiting to happen" now.. It is difficult to imagine you would consider removing the beautiful trees which would not only be a detriment aesthetically but very damaging to the property values at the Meyers Place and Ferndale Ridge communities. Their properties are already too close to the road both from a privacy and safety position. Barry Avenue would be a better choice.

Jzitzloff about 1 month ago