Monday, August 8, 2016

This is how it all comes together!

At least that's a rough map of all 30 or so miles.  A work in progress, but Grand Opening this October!


The Underdown trails will be connected to the Prairie Dells in some form on Wednesday!  A good amount of hand work will remain.  Grand opening October 1st!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

To the Dells and Back

Merrill Memorial Forest: Take Heineman Road west from 17 about a mile south of Bloomville, or take Spring Lake Road east from County K about 6 miles north of Merrill.

The new trail is in all the way to Prairie Dells and back.  About half is still a rough bike ride and boardwalks have yet to be built, but it's a great hike for exploring.  Find the Merrill Memorial Forest on Heineman Road south of the Underdown.
And the DNR just started closing the spillway so the marsh will be filling and the birds will be happy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


  • A silver mini-pump was lost while wrestling a tree off the trail.  If found please put it in the bike map box.
  • The Underdown-Dells trail is ready to ride from the trail head to the clear cut hill except for the 100' boardwalk we should build in August.  Root cutters should work from the milk truck to the Dells.
  • Ride the BURGR95 or Fork Horners 47 this Saturday!  It's customer appreciation day at Fork Horners so there will be specials and a band.
  • Next group work day on the Underdown-Dells project at the Merrill Memorial Forest is July 30th, but come and go as you please any day you want to cut roots.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hike to the Dells

The trail is machined all the way from the trail head to the dramatic overlooks of Prairie Dells.  Root cutting and grade work are appreciated.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Hike the Marsh Loop

You could ride it too, but there is some finishing to do and a long boardwalk to install. Either way, it's beautiful.  Take the new trail all the way along the Manthei Marsh to the top of the clear but hill where you will reach the grass road.  A left will take you to the short levee and railroad causeway that completes the loop.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Looking Beautiful and Moving Along Fast

Trail is moving fast along the beautiful Manthei Marsh in the Merrill Memorial Forest as part of the Underdown-Dells Project. Come check it out or please come buff it out.
Pretty Point was reached yesterday. The Marsh trail will be done next week and Prairie Dells will be close in another week.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday Trail Building!

Trail construction starts Monday! Work should start about 9AM and continue into the evening so come on out if you like to move dirt. For the first day the project will be a walk of a few hundred yards past the main gate. Look for the dirt.
I'll have some hand tools, mostly rakes. Feel free to bring your favorite digger or a chainsaw to work ahead of the excavator.

Watch for Boardwalk Saturdays!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Getting to the Merrill Memorial Forest

To volunteer and enjoy on the Underdown-Dells trail project turn west on Heineman Road a mile south of Bloomville.  The forest entrance is about two miles from Highway 17 where County R and Spring Lake Road meet Heineman Road.

Trail building begins Monday, June 20th.