The Itascatur Ski, Bike, and Run Club is formed to promote physically healthy,
non-motorized outdoor recreational activity in the Hubbard County area.
Itascatur is a ski, bike and run club from the Park Rapids, Minnesota region. We are a social and active group that has an organized bike ride twice weekly in the summer and also has gatherings during the ski season.
Proceeds from our events and input from member volunteers have allowed Itascatur to build and maintain the Soaring Eagle Ski trails and Nordic Center north of Park Rapids Mn. Itascatur also sponsors the Headwaters 100 bike ride, a 45, 75, or 100 mile route that showcases the beautiful fall scenery of North Central Minnesota, as well as the picturesque Wilderness Drive through Itasca State Park.
Heartland Trail Spur
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has placed the Heartland Spur trail on its high priority list and invites public comment on the value of this proposed spur by January 27.
It's important for cyclists, and particularly our seasoned Headwaters 100 riders, to let the DNR know they support this spur. Positive comments will help bolster the DNR's position that money should be prioritized for this trail.
The following links go into further detail regarding the Minnesota State Parks and Trails System Plan, which is still in draft form and will remain online through January 2015:
System Plan Draft (.pdf download, 3.7MB) Heartland Spur information on pages 34-35
Send comments to PATsystemplan.email@example.com. Revisions to the draft system plan may be made before a final plan is adopted.
Email comments are due January 27, 2015. Please take a moment to let the DNR know how important this trail spur is to you.
Bike Friendly Park Rapids: May 14, 2014
Park Rapids recieves Honorable Mention as a "Bike Friendly Community"!
Bemidji, MN recieved the Bronze award level; Minneapolis recieved the Gold level. Itascatur and Park Rapids community members are working to raise the award level of Park Rapids to Bronze, and will continue to pursue this endeavor throughout the next few years.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas as to how we can help Park Rapids achieve its goal to raise our recognition as a Bike Friendly Community. If you have any thoughts or would like to help, please send us an email.
There will be more updates on this over time. If any member of the community is interested in finding out more please go to BikeMN.org. It is good to be a part of building a more safe and bike friendly Minnesota and in turn paving the way to a better quality of life!