Paths, trails, parks and routes near White Bear Lake for everyone

October 8th Lake Links Meeting to Focus on Disability Access

The Lake Links Association will meet Monday, October 8, 7 pm at the Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave. in Mahtomedi. Margaret Imdieke Cross of the Minnesota Council on Disability will talk about how trails can best accommodate the needs of trails people with limited mobility or who require a wheelchair or scooter. For more information contact Mike Brooks, [email protected]

THE BRUCE VENTO TRAIL and  HWY 61 DESIGN MEETINGS -  please provide your input Oct 4 and Oct 25

There are meetings on Thursday Oct 4 and Thursday Oct 25 6 - 8 pm at the Safety Training room at White Bear Lake City Hall. This trail is a key part of the network for pedestrians and bicyclists to access downtown WBL, the Lake Links trail and the Rush Line rapid transit.
The meeting format is open house so please provide your input .

More information at:

Commentary and request for your input from Mike Brooks

and Ramsey County Bruce Vento project page

Hope to see you there for a once in 25 years opportunity to influence your areas infrastructure design

White Bear Police share perspectives at August meeting

Officer Jon Sanders and Captain Phil Henry of the White Bear Lake Police Department joined us for our August meeting to talk about bike and pedestrian policy. They noted that bicyclists are required to follow all of the rules of the road that car drivers do. Bicylists currently are not allowed to ride on White Bear Lake city sidewalks, but WBLPD is working with city government to change that. The department is also working to encourage drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

Regarding bike and pedestrian interactions on Lake Ave., the two noted there are no rules in terms of which side of the path to use, and that safety really depends on courtesy and goodwill. The group discussed signage that might be helpful.

Lake Links Trail DESIGN and CONSTRUCTION update August 2018

Work on the trail sections funded by the 2018 Minnesota Legislature and is progressing nicely.

WSB Engineering (under contract from the City of Mahtomedi) is working on soil borings and detailed wetland delineation and topography along Birchwood Road. The design team is working to minimize impact on wetlands and habitat while ensuring a safe trail.

2) Ramsey County has elected to assess its right of way along the South Shore Blvd section using a statutory procedure that it expects to be quicker and less costly than engaging a right-of- way analyst.

3) MnDOT is surveying along MN 96 to ensure accurate information.

More updates here in 8/15/2018 White Bear Press

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2018 Lake Links Association Monthly Meetings

Monday, October 8

Monday, November 12

Monday, December 10

All meetings will be held at 7 pm at the Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave.

Come hear updates on the funding and plans for the Lake Links Trail around White Bear Lake.  Everyone is welcome!

Questions? Comments? Like to volunteer? Email us at [email protected]

A Capitol Success

In late May the Minnesota Legislature approved $4.022 million in funding as follows:

Ramsey County – $2.6 million for trail improvements on South Shore Boulevard in White Bear Lake and White Bear Township

Mahtomedi – $1.4 million for Birchwood Road, Wildwood Beach Road, and Briarwood Road and trail elements

White Bear Township – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96)

City of White Bear Lake – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96) 

Together, we are getting  this done!


Fun in the Sun! 2nd Annual Bike Ride Around White Bear Lake

Thanks to all who joined us Sunday, June 17, for our second annual bike around White Bear Lake!

Along with bicycling and discovering little-known facts about our area's history, participants had a chance to learn about legislative funding, the timeline for trail completion, and what the various trail segments will look like.

Icy vanilla custard was donated by the Centerville Road Culver's (THANK YOU, CULVER'S! Look at those happy faces in the picture above ).
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