Middle St Croix Valley Regional Trail Master Plan

Proposed Master Plan

A preferred route was identified through the master planning process. This route will set the vision for future design and implementation, likely to take place in phases over the next 20 years. 

The full master plan document provides additional context on the planning process and recommendations


In 2022-23, Washington County is leading a master plan process for the Middle St Croix Valley Regional Trail - a document that will guide the future development of a multiuse trail that will run through eastern Washington County. 

The corridor extends north to the St Croix Boom Site, and south to County Road 18 in downtown Afton (PDF)

The future trail will feature vital connections to local trails, parks, schools, and businesses in the St. Croix River Valley. 

Master Plan Process

Master plans are a product of collaboration with the community and agency stakeholders that delivers a comprehensive vision for the development of a future trail.

The regional trail master plan will provide the planning and implementation guidance for the future trail route alignment, right-of-way needs, trail amenities, natural resource management, and maintenance objectives.

Master Plan Timeline

Project Goals

Safety, Accessibility, and Comfort

Create a safe and comfortable recreational trail experience serving all ages and abilities.


Prioritize facility alignment and design that is inclusive of historically underrepresented populations.


Create regional connectivity and support local connections highlighting unique destinations of adjacent communities.


Prioritize implementation in identifying trail alignment and design. 

Natural Resources

Protect and enhance the natural resources along the trail corridor and foster stewardship of the river valley.

Public Engagement

Washington County is leading a process to engage stakeholders and the public throughout 2022-23. The input received will inform the future improvements proposed in the master plan.

Community members are welcomed and encouraged to share feedback throughout the master planning process by attending one of our engagement opportunities or by emailing Connor Schaefer.

Additional public engagement opportunities will be posted on this project webpage as they are scheduled.

  1. Engagement Opportunities
  2. Engagement Findings

Past engagement events attended by project team

  • 6/9 & 6/15 - Learn to Ride Event
  • 6/29 - Elected Official Engagement
  • 7/14 - Lumberjack Days Kickoff Community Ice Cream Social at the Washington County Historic Courthouse
  • 7/27 - Pop-up event at Selma's Ice Cream Parlor
  • 8/2 - Heritage Day at Lake St Croix Beach
  • 8/3 - Washington County Fair
  • 9/14 - Open House at Afton-Lakeland Elementary School
  • 10/3 - Bayport Farmer's Market
  • 10/6 - She Ascends Hiking Group
  • 4/13/23 - Open House