Request for Public Comment: ATV Trail System Grant-in-Aid Proposal

On Monday, June 19, 2017, the Lyon County Parks and Recreation board opened a 30-day public comment period for the following project as noticed on the official Lyon County website [http://lyonco.org]. Public comments received will be included in a grant application to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requesting funding through the State’s Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program. Approval of this proposal would allow the existing off-highway vehicle OHV trail system on private land to be open to the public for OHV use.

At this time the Lyon County Park & Recreation Board is seeking public input about the project described below. After the 30-day public comment period the Park & Recreation board will hold a Public Hearing on this project on Thursday July 20, 2017 at 7 PM at Lyon County Public Works Building; 504 Fairgrounds Road, Marshall. All comments received will be forwarded to the Lyon County Board of Commissioners for consideration of project sponsorship.


The proposed OHV trail system is located on private land owned by Gary Thooft; on 75 acres located in the North ½ of the Southeast ¼ of section 24 Coon Creek Township; west of the City limits of Russell Minnesota. (see maps). This proposal would allow public use of 5.5 miles of OHV trail system for OHV use by Class 1 and Class 2 OHVs. (see reference material links). The proposed entrance to the property is from Park Road; City of Russell. No additional trails are proposed. The land will remain in private ownership. Trail monitoring and maintenance will be performed by the land owner, and by the Minnesota Valley ATV Riders club. Proper use of the site will be monitored by the land owner, and the ATV club.

Public comments can be received in either written, or email form. They can be addressed to the Lyon County Parks and Recreation Board, c/o Lyon County Environmental Department, 504 Fairgrounds Rd., Marshall, Minnesota 56258, or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The deadline for public comment is Wednesday June 19 at 4:30 PM.

For questions regarding the public comment period, or this project proposal, please contact Roger Schroeder at the Lyon County Environmental Department at (507) 532-1306, or (507) 829-5423.





ATV Class Distinctions: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/ohv/ohv_regs.pdf

MN-DNR Grant-in-Aid Program: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/recreation/gia_ohv.html

MN-DNR Off-Highway Vehicle Information: http://dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/index.html

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