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

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  • 10/26/2018 12:34 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    This is what an active and vibrant community looks like!


    The DNR has installed permanent traffic counters on 5 of the state trails including the Brown's Creek trail near Stillwater.

    GBCTA has been given a sneak preview of some of the raw data for summer and it shows between 600 and 1600 active folks each day on foot or on bikes on the trail during the summer. If they are like me they also probably visit the now pedestrian friendly downtown for something to eat or drink.


    Thank you to our community leaders for their well laid plans for trails in the community that benefit all. We look forward to the Houlton loop trail completion in summer 2019.


    Thank you to the DNR for setting up and collecting the data. The sensors count pedestrians vs bikes, and direction of travel. The data is automatically uploaded to the DNR daily so this will be an good tool for future decision making.



    More data is here: Brown's Creek Trail Counting Data summer 2018.pdf





  • 09/24/2018 7:35 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    The heavy rainstorms of Sept 20th have damaged a section of the Gateway just N of the Manning bridge. Extreme water flow washed out a section of embankment and this has collapsed taking the edge of the trail with it. There is a small section of asphalt missing and a 10' or more sheer drop . There is orange safety fencing and the trail is still passable. Watch out for repair crews and possible trail closure to repair or if things develop further

    Photo credit: Dennis Lindeke


    Please take care during and immediately after rain and windstorms since there may be trail washouts, downed trees or downed powerlines. Please report such incidents  to the DNR on 651-259-5736. It is also helpful if you move smaller branches off to the side of the trail and out of everyone's way . Happy trails ! 

  • 09/16/2018 4:37 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    There are now 2 options to get from downtown Stillwater to the new St Croix crossing and a new trailhead with parking.


    From the riverside trail in front of the Dock Café in Stillwater the newly completed trail proceeds S past parking to a split . The lower trail stays along the river (flooding in times of very high water) and then climbs steeply to highway 95 and a new parking lot . The upper trail (some fencing work ongoing) climbs gradually to highway  95 and proceeds along the E side of highway 95 to the same parking lot where the upper and lower trails combine. Another 150 yards of combined trail takes you to the trail across the bridge to enjoy the views and possibly rides on roads in WI.


    So now we have 100% asphalt separated trails linking the Gateway Brown's Creek Trail network with the St Croix crossing bridge .  The completion of the final segment (down the hill from Houlton and across the old Stillwater lift bridge) is expected some time in late 2019. Watch this space for updates. 


    More information about the loop  http://www.dot.state.mn.us/stcroixcrossing/design.html#loop




  • 08/02/2018 6:07 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    The Parks and Trails Council of MN (a 501 c3 non profit group supporting parks and trails throughout Minnesota) is undertaking another survey of the condition of MN State Trails. Having a comprehensive understanding of the condition of Minnesota State Trails is essential to the goal of ensuring trails are maintained and vital new trail connections continue to the built.


    They have an e-bike with some fancy electronics and cameras on board. Smile if you see it !

    More information at https://www.parksandtrails.org/news/researchbike-adventure-underway/


  • 07/24/2018 1:59 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)


    E Bikes and Electric scooters have been in the news around the Twin Cities recently. There are some fundamental differences in their design, function and the rules that apply to them for use in public areas.


    E-Bikes are allowed on the Gateway and Brown's Creek trail if they meet the requirements of the MN Statutes 169.011 subdivision 27  (< 1000W motor, fully operating pedals for pedal assist, limited to 20 mph) . More details at: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/other_trail_uses.html


    Electric scooters typically do NOT meet the requirements of the MN Statute  169.011 subdivision 27 because of one or more of the following conditions : 1) motors > 1000W, 2) lack of pedals for pedal assist, and 3) lack of 20 mph speed limiting) . Electric scooters that do not meet the requirements above should not be used on the Gateway and Brown's Creek trails .


    Segways (2 wheeled non tandem personal assistive mobility devices) have their own set of rules Minnesota Statutes 169.011 Subdivision 26 . They are allowed on the Gateway Brown's Creek Trail.

    More details at : https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/other_trail_uses.html


    In general E bikes and E scooter regulations vary widely across the USA and other countries.  Regulations are still being formulated in many places. Before considering a purchase or a rental it is recommended that you understand fully what laws will apply to your use in each location you plan to use one of these devices. 


    Remember whatever your mode of travel , practice good trail etiquette and everyone will enjoy the day on the trail.

  • 07/16/2018 5:09 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    For those wanting to extend their Brown's Creek trail experience to the S of Stillwater along the 'paved' bike path along the river South  to the new St Croix bridge and beyond:



    The bad news : The trail is closed because of flooding and construction from about 200 yards S of the Dock Cafe/Nelson Street. It is passable (rough dirt ) to the Oasis Cafe . Then to proceed S you need to ride on the very busy and "narrow to zero" shoulder of hwy 95 to the Sunnyside marina turning where the paved trail restarts on the E side of hwy 95. Coming N there is a better shoulder on the E side of hwy 95 until parked cars line the road .


    The good news:  

    A new paved trail right next to hwy 95 on E side (so should be no flooding issues) is under construction from the Oasis Cafe to Sunny Side marina turning. According to construction crew blacktopping is schedule for Aug 24th (.UPDATE (8-2-2018) Blacktopping is done. Crews are doing some finishing work (retaining walls, grading etc). Trail is passable if construction crews are not actively working on it.

        On the Wisconsin side the trail head on the E side of Houlton has a very nice new parking lot and a building under construction so the Houlton - Stillwater loop is starting to take shape ..


    So this Brown's Creek link trail route is a work in progress.  This is based upon my bike tour today July 16th and 1 update of Aug 2nd

  • 05/12/2018 7:52 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A very nice article about Bluebirds along the Gateway Trail and the efforts of some key Gateway Browns Creek Trail Association members is here at the Press Publications . Thank you Dennis and the Holy Rollers bike group !

  • 05/10/2018 4:56 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    MN Parks and Trails Council and the DNR have released their state trail survey based upon information gathered in 2017 . It was estimated that bikers and walkers travelled over 2,500,000 miles on the Gateway and Brown's Creek trail in the period April - November 2017 with over 500 users per day on average in the summer.  The full report can be found here. It is interesting reading and confirms what we all know that the Gateway Browns Creek trail system is enjoyed by many. 

  • 12/06/2017 8:29 PM | Joan Kahle-Berger (Administrator)

    The DNR will plow the Gateway Trail from University Ave. in St. Paul to Jamaca Avenue in the City of Grant.  There will be no plowing or maintenance on the Gateway from Jamaca to Pine Point Park. The City of Stillwater will plow the Brown's Creek Trail from Brown's Creek Park to Stillwater.  A reminder that on the unplowed areas  you should respect ski tracking if you are walking or riding horses on the trails.


  • 12/05/2016 12:50 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    As of December 1st, 2016,  the Gateway Trail is now opened to the St. Paul Capitol area.  The DNR still has some things to finish, so the official opening will be later but the trail can be used.

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