The Mille Lacs County OHV Park project started in 2015 when the County was approached by the Minnesota Four Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Over the next seven years, county staff worked in concert with MN4WDA leadership and DNR staff to acquire and develop the OHV Park property.
The OHV Park was initially funded by the Federal Recreational Trail Program (FRTP) and the Minnesota Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Assistance Program, more commonly known as the Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program. While the park is owned and operated by Mille Lacs County, ongoing funding for maintenance and expansion will be provided by the GIA program.
The OHV Park property is nearly 315 acres in size, and located on U.S. Highway 169 in Onamia Township, and is accessed off of 300th Street, approximately 500 feet east of the U.S. Highway 169 intersection. The Park currently includes over 3 miles of trail designed for novice and intermediate skill levels, and an advanced skills area for more experienced users. However, plans are in place to continue expansion in 2022 and beyond, adding more trails and features for all types of users.