2017 Minnesota Off-Highway Vehicle Great Trails Workshop


The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Iron Range Tourism Bureau, will conduct an OHV Great Trails training workshop on September 19-21, 2017. Workshop funding is provided by a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Recreation Trails Program grant, administered by MN DNR, and awarded to the Iron Range Tourism Bureau. Classroom sessions will be held on September 19 at The Lodge at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, and field sessions on September 20 & 21 will be held at the Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area in Gilbert.


When and Where:

September 19                      September 20 & 21
The Lodge at Giants Ridge                      Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area
6373 Wynne Creek Drive                      7196 Pettit Road
Biwabik, MN 55708                 Gilbert, MN 55741


Register Now


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Register now using TicketLeap. There is a $50 registration fee (plus service charge) and advance online registration is required. The number of participants is limited, so register early. If you have problems registering, please contact our office at trailhead@nohvcc.org or call us at 800-348-6487.


Attendees are responsible for making their lodging reservations. Attendees must provide their own transportation from hotel to classroom site and Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area. If possible, bring your own OHV and riding gear. Field sessions will be conducted rain or shine, and will include walking to multiple trail sites. Bring hiking boots and clothing, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellant, water, and other necessary gear.


Workshop Details

 The NOHVCC Great Trails training workshop will focus on the design, layout, construction, maintenance and management of sustainable Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails. Hands-on field training will be emphasized. The intended audience is trail managers; trail construction and maintenance supervisors and crews; engineering staff involved in trail planning, design, maintenance and construction; trail contractors; OHV club trail volunteers; and other interested stakeholders.


Classroom sessions: The Lodge at Giants Ridge


  • How trail systems function and provide desired experiences
  • Understanding physical forces that apply to OHV trails
  • Managing surface water on trails
  • Trail Management Objectives: how they apply to trail design and maintenance
  • Creative trail design and engineering practices
  • Trail design and maintenance techniques specific to various trail uses and conditions
  • Maximizing partnerships to leverage limited resources


Field sessions: Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area


  • Trail construction demonstrations
  • Creative trail design and layout exercises
  • Trail relocation exercises
  • Trail design considerations for different types of OHV
  • Water control structure design and construction
  • Identifying and correcting trail problems



Lodging Information 


A block of lodging rooms at government rate has been arranged at The Lodge at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. It is the site for the classroom sessions and is within 15 minutes of the Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area. To obtain the special rate, contact the lodge at 218-865-7170 and request the “NOHVCC OHV Workshop” rate. Reservations must be made no later than September 5, 2017. Information for RV camping or alternative locations is available from the Iron Range Tourism Bureau www.ironrange.org