The Conservancy is committed to communicating with California Native American Tribes and tribal communities to secure meaningful input into the development of regulations, rules, policies, projects, and plans that may affect cultural resources and other tribal interests. Land Acquisition Acquiring lands for conservation and recreation in the Parkway from willing sellers continues to be the highest priority for investing bond funds to develop the Parkway. Habitat Restoration, Public Access, and Recreation Projects For information on any of the projects listed below, please contact the Conservancy. The Parkway Master Plan has been the guiding policy document for over 15 years. The updated plan will address the opportunities for habitat restoration, public access, and recreation presented by the 3, acres acquired to date for the Parkway.
Following alongside the banks of the Minnesota River, the mile Minnesota River Bottoms trail network is a popular destination for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers. In springtime, the trail tends to be sandy because of the recent winter thaw. Once summer rolls around, be prepared for tall grasses infested with stinging nettle and swarming mosquitoes. The fall offers the best biking conditions because the sand is packed down due to the heavy use throughout the summer, the bugs are gone, and best of all the leaves change into a beautiful array of red, orange, and gold. Within minutes of biking, the Minnesota River is in view and the trail meanders back and forth between woods ands wetland.
From the Lyndale parking lot, head West from the boat launch and follow the gravel road about a quarter of a mile. You'll eventually see a singletrack trail on the left. Take that and it will snake between the river bank and the road, leading you to the main trail. From the Bloomington Ferry Rd.
Eventually Williamsport became an important transportation hub throughout the Industrial Revolution with the Western Maryland Railroad and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal intersecting within city limits. Start at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Williamsport Visitor Center and explore the multiple examples of major canal structures that can be viewed within a half-mile. Adjacent to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is River Bottom Park, a great place to stop, picnic, and even camp the night. Leaving the park and heading to town, you will find a welcome sign to the community. This business directory kiosk, installed as part of a regional initiative known as the Canal Towns Partnership , welcomes visitors and encourages them to stay and explore the history of the region and enjoy the many community services and businesses.