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This is where you will find information about various projects relevant to the Gateway & Brown's Creek Trails.

  • 10/29/2014 5:27 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)


    On behalf of the Minnesota DNR Division of Parks and Trails, I am excited to share great news that the Brown’s Creek State Trail will be opening very soon! The 5.9 mile trail that connects Stillwater with the Gateway State Trail has been paved and DNR staff are applying the finishing touches to ready the beautiful trail for a public opening. We are planning for a “soft” opening date this Friday, October 31. An official news release will be sent once the trail is open, but we want you to be the first to be aware of the big news and to thank you for your contribution to creating a legacy for current and future generations to enjoy: Thank You!

    The Brown’s Creek State Trail official opening celebration and recognition ribbon-cutting event is planned to coincide with National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Brown’s Creek will be at the center of celebrating Minnesota’s growing network of state trails, made possible by the commitment and support of many.

    Thank you for the important role you have played to help make Brown’s Creek State Trail a reality. Please Save the Date on Saturday, June 6, 2015 to participate in a fun celebration of our mutual success.


    Jan Shaw Wolff
    Central Regional Manager
    Minnesota DNR Division of Parks and Trails
    1200 Warner Road, St. Paul, MN 55106

  • 08/01/2014 7:18 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    A new slideshow of photos has been posted showing Dennis & Les checking the Bluebird houses along the Gateway Trail. Visit the Galleries page, then scroll to the bottom to view!

  • 06/06/2014 5:44 AM | GBCTA (Administrator)
        At the end of April Carolyn Baird, with help from MAGI member Dennis Lindeke, installed 14 new PVC style bluebird houses along the Gateway Trail. The 14 houses are installed in pairs, starting with two at Pine Point Park and ending with four on either side of the new Wildwood school. Carolyn and Dennis monitor the houses weekly.

       The most recent count was conducted on Saturday, May 31. Ten of the 14 houses were occupied. There were 14 bluebird babies that had recently hatched, 10 bluebird eggs that had yet to hatch and 31 tree swallow eggs (no swallow babies yet). Carolyn put a spritz of vanilla over all the babies to help keep insect pests away.

       The trail is sponsored by the Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota. Carolyn and Dennis are keeping a spreadsheet of the weekly counts and will share it with BBRP.

       Thanks, Carolyn and Dennis, for the great work you’re doing to help nurture nature in the Mahtomedi area!

    Article reprinted from the Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative. See the original article here.
    Photo by Rich Hoeg (Creative Commons via Flickr)
  • 05/19/2014 5:12 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)
    Tomorrow, May 20, the Gateway State Trail bridge spanning I-35E will close permanently for work to prepare for its upcoming removal. Trail users will be able to cross I-35E using the new route that the Gateway State Trail follows, which is now on the new Arlington Avenue bridge.
  • 04/23/2014 10:24 AM | GBCTA (Administrator)
       The I-35E Cayuga construction project crews will be closing the Gateway State Trail at approximately 7 a.m. Friday, April 25. The trail needs to close for area excavation as part of the construction project, and is anticipated to remain closed through the duration of the project. The detour that was implemented last year will be posted again for this closure; trail users will be detoured to L’Orient Street, Maryland Avenue, Jackson Street and Cayuga Street.

       Also, the Gateway Trail bridge spanning I-35E is tentatively planned to be removed over the weekend of May 16. The new Arlington Avenue bridge is currently scheduled to open in advance on May 11, with the new section of the trail in place and available for users.
  • 04/12/2014 9:00 AM | GBCTA (Administrator)
    Combine your love of biking and hiking the Trail and nature watching. Join the new Gateway Trail Bluebird Recovery Group to help check houses along the trail from Pine Point Park to Jamaca Ave.

    We are looking for people who would enjoy weekly monitoring of a set of bluebird houses for the spring and summer months. Bird houses, training and materials will be provided. Because this is a commitment of weekly monitoring there will be a system of support when members go on vacation or need to miss their monitoring times.

    See the Bluebird Recovery Program of Minnesota website here for more information. You are welcome to attend their Spring Expo Saturday , April 12. See the sign up on their web page. To join this project contact Carolyn Baird at
  • 03/31/2014 5:26 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)
    From April 7-11, the trail will be closed in the City of Grant at the intersection of Highway 36 for gas pipeline maintenance. There will be no detour during this closure.
  • 01/15/2014 11:58 AM | GBCTA (Administrator)
    The DNR has borrowed tracking equipment and tracked the trail for skiing on January 14th. They also plowed the trail for walking south of Jamaca.
  • 01/03/2014 4:57 AM | GBCTA (Administrator)
    We have had several inquiries about why the Gateway Trail has not been groomed yet this year. Upon inquiry, the DNR reports that "...we have three of four groomers that have mechanical failure. Two of the three likely have blown engines and will require major repairs and will likely be out of commission for awhile (one of those is the one used on the Gateway). Until we get them fixed it will likely not be groomed and has been noted on our website as well." We are working to find an alternative option to get the trail groomed, and will continue to keep you updated on this issue.
  • 11/22/2013 9:37 AM | GBCTA (Administrator)
    Activities near the Gateway State Trail have wrapped up, and the trail is now open, with no additional trail closures currently anticipated for this fall, or over the winter.

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