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Tatonka Ska Trace Recreational Trailhead​

Project Description

Located at the intersection of the Iowa Great Lakes Spine Trail and Tatanka Ska Trace in Spirit Lake, this trailhead facility includes restrooms, shaded areas, and a variety of trail-related amenities. The project features a dedicated parking lot, variety of seating options, bike racks, trails maps, drinking fountain, bike repair, and charging station. The facility is located in the heart of Spirit Lake – trail users can access over 40 miles of trail from this location.

Inspired by Native American beadwork patterns, Iowa’s native prairie landscape, and rail trails – the design creates an iconic gatherings place and variety of shaded / filtered shade spaces for trail users to enjoy. The project was built in collaboration with students at the Spirit Lake High School, and funded through a partnership of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes, Dickinson County Trails Board, Okoboji Foundation, and other generous donations from the community. The project was completed in the spring of 2022.