Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail

Celebrate the past - Participate in the future
A 20 mile, multi use trail being developed through the Chisago Lakes Area celebrating Swedish Immigrant history. Hear the history of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail. There is an English Language Version and a Swedish Language Version.

People love trails!
Minnesotans chose trails as their #1 priority for recreational development in a statewide study.

The goal of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Project is to build and maintain a 20 mile, multi use, hard surface trail that provides a safe route for recreation and alternative transportation, while interpreting and celebrating the Swedish immigrant history of Chisago County.
Chisago County was the destination and new world home for many of the Swedes who immigrated to Minnesota in the 1800's and early 1900's. Vilhelm Moberg even used this area as the setting for his famous "Emigrant Novels." Swedish American cultural heritage is alive and well here, as evidenced in community festivals, historic buildings, and businesses.

  • Connect our communities
  • Provide safer places to walk, bike and skate
  • Improve our health and fitness
  • Increase recreational opportunities
  • Help preserve the environment
  • Increase business to local retailers
  • Provide for non-motorized transportation
This trail will connect Wyoming to Taylors Falls via Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City and Shafer, utilizing an abandoned railway corridor that parallels Highway 8.

The Chisago County Parks and Trails Foundation is spearheading the trail effort, in partnership with the supporting Cities and the Chisago County Park Board. The foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to further the establishment, development, and enhancement of parks and trails within Chisago County and to encourage their wise use and protection. The foundation successfully raised funds, built and maintains the 14 mile Sunrise Prairie Trail, in cooperation with Chisago County.

The trail will be open to bicyclists, pedestrians, and some portions may be open to horses and snowmobiles. A major regional link, the trail will connect to the Sunrise Prairie and Hardwood Creek Trails, the existing 24 mile trail system from North Branch to Hugo, and to the Gandy Dancer Trail in Wisconsin. Future planned connections include Duluth and the Twin Cities.