Trail Information & Maps
The Emily/Outing ATV Grant-In-Aid State Trail opened in June 2014. The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club, in coordination with our trail sponsor Cass County, maintains the Emily/Outing GIA ATV Trail. The Emily/Outing Trail is open from May 1st to October 31st for both Class I and Class II ATVs. This ATV Trail system is 56 miles in length which includes the Moose River Trails. The trail system begins in Emily, MN located on the southern part of the trail, travels through Outing, MN and further north to the Moose River Trail loops which are located 6 miles north of Outing. Funds to maintain these trails are provided by the MN Trail Assistance Program (GIA), through annual grants, fundraising efforts by Over The Hills Gang ATV Club and donations from the Emily/Outing Chamber of Commerce, Club members and ATV enthusiasts.
The ATV trail system has two main routes designated as the "A" and "B" trails, and three main loops known as the Plantation, Wren, and Cedar Lake Loops of the Moose River Trails.
TRAIL UPDATE: February 2019
The Emily Blind Lake ATV Trail is moving forward. We have received our signed grant to begin the project work. Before we begin moving any soils we must procure various permits such as DOT (Department of Transportation) Permit for work along MN Highway 6, Crow Wing County Permit, to allow work on County property, apply for a SWPPP Permit (Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan) and purchase wetland credits after our replacement plan is approved by a TEP (Technical Evaluation Panel) in accordance with the MN Wetland Conservation Act. We will be meeting with contractors and engineering firms to solicit bids and to help with permit applications. Additional grant applications will be needed to help make-up the Clubs matching funds of approximately $38,000 to construct this 16-mile trail. As you can see, New Trails do not just happen, it takes many hours of meetings, permits, and applications before we can turn a shovel of dirt.
The Emily Outing Trail is moving into its fifth year as a Grant-In-Aid Trail. We have applied and received a beaver dam removal permit by Reservoir Lake from MN DNR Wildlife Services, which will eliminate the trail flooding issue on our "B" trail,and we are working with MN DNR Land O Lakes Forestry and Parks & Trails to create a plan to fix some trail issues on the Moose River Trail Loops. Our 2019 trail map needs updates, trail signs need to be ordered, and we will be attending the Northwoods Regional Trail Alliance meeting on Thursday February 28th. We have just started preliminary discussions with Cass County and the MN DNR on creating a winter route from Outing to the Moose River Trails. For our Polar Bear Ride on February 23rd, we will be grooming a section of the Moose River Trails, Thank You to the Emily Snow Birds, and Mille Lacs Drift Skippers Snowmobile clubs for providing grooming advice on a rocky ATV trail. ........ Always looking for more trail volunteers to get involved with trail maintenance or improvements.
Emily Proposed ATV Route
Coming from the south by City Hall, ATV's will travel on the trail on the ditch along the west side of the sidewalk down to 3rd street where they will make a direct perpendicular crossing across MN Hwy 6. Once across the road they will drive down to Lake Street, and turn north all the way the County Rd. 1. The rider will then cross Cty. Rd 1, and jog slightly east to the west ditch along Bloomquist Drive. The rider will travel north and follow Bloomquist where it turns to the west and intersects with South Bay Drive.( Sweets and Such) The rider will turn north onto to South Bay Drive travelling on the pavement, and then enter onto the ditch trail.
Some Do's and Don'ts:
- You cannot drive an ATV on any Emily City Sidewalks
- You cannot ride on MN Hwy 6 road shoulders or road bed
- You can make a direct perpendicular crossing of MN Highway 6
- You can ride an ATV on Crow Wing Cty Rd 1 - Far right side of road surface
- You can Ride an ATV on designated City of Emily streets
- Mind your Speed, and Ride with Lights On
MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors:
The Emily/Outing GIA ATV State Trail is monitored by MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors. The program exists to promote safe, environmentally responsible operation of OHVs through informational, educational contact and monitoring efforts. Stop and say hello and a thank you to a Volunteer Trail Ambassador!
The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club typically publishes a new trail map annually which can be found at most local Emily/Outing businesses, at informational kiosks, or as a printable PDF file here on our site. Small changes as directed by our trail sponsor Cass County, or by the MN Department of Natural Resources requires us to drop or add trail sections. Please check the year on the map for the most up-to-date version.
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