Monticello, MN, July 29, 2014, The Friends of Bertram Chain of Lakes announces its First Annual Photo Contest. All amateur photographers ages 14 and older are invited to capture the ideal images of this beautiful regional park and enter the online photography contest. Photos must be taken within the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Wright County between August 1st and September 30, 2014.
The deadline for online entries is October 3, 2014, by 4 p.m. Winners will be announced on October 23rd at a reception at the Monticello Community Center from 6-8 p.m. Winning photos will be on display at the MCC through the end of December.
Winners will be recognized on the Friends of Bertram website and the Friends of Bertram Facebook page. Winning photos will be available for viewing online.
Images are to be submitted in a digital format as per guidelines found on the Friends of Bertram website. Each contestant may submit a total of five photos, limited to one photo in each category. Categories include Landscapes, Plant-Wildlife, Recreation, People, and Open.
Images will be judged by a panel of Friends of Bertram board members, volunteers, and staff. Judges will base their decisions on the qualities of composition, impact, creativity, natural beauty and storytelling.
As the contest sponsor, the Friends of Bertram will be awarding cash prizes for first through third places in each of the five categories and one Best in Show cash award. The Monticello Community Center will sponsor honorable mention awards.
The First Annual Photo Contest was a Success! We received over 60 entries in 5 categories. Many amazing photos were submitted and the judging was extremely difficult but the votes are in and the winners have been announced! Shown below are the winning photos. Click on the tabs in the drop down menu to view all photos submitted in each category!
Thank you to all who participated in this event. We love your photos and are looking forward to making this an annual event!
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists Volunteers continue to re-build the single track mountain bike trails at Bertram. Summer work-sessions every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome!
Meet at the Trailhead Parking Lot
1744 – 90th Street NE, Monticello
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through September!
Volunteers should wear long pants, work gloves, shoes or boots, and bring water and bug spray! All tools needed will be provided. This is a friendly bunch and it’s a lot of work but a lot of fun too! For up-to-date trail conditions and information, please visit the Bertram Lakes Singletrack Facebook Page.
A $3.8 million, 164-acre acquisition successfully closed on June 5, 2014, bringing the park total to 721 acres. The purchase was made possible with $2.2 million in grant funding and additional match funding from Wright County and the City of Monticello.
The next acquisition of 80 acres is slated for 2015. The estimated cost is $2.3 million with $1.4 million coming from grant funding.
With the closing of the latest acquisition, the county and city will now own the beach at Bertram Lake and the 12-acre parcel where the YMCA intends to build its new Day Camp Manitou. The YMCA will operate Camp Manitou on the county and city property through the end of the 2014 season and will transition over to their new camp for the 2015 season. The county and city will look into the options for opening the beach to the public after day camp hours. There are many issues that need to be resolved prior to opening the beach; therefore, it is assumed the public opening of the beach will commence in 2015. Furthermore, the city has secured grant funding to begin Phase I of the Athletic Complex sometime in 2015.
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) will continue building the single track mountain bike trails in the park this summer. Currently MORC volunteers are working to reroute and rebuild a 10-mile mountain bike loop open to non-motorized use; however, it is expected that the trails will grow to 14 miles. MORC volunteers work on the trails in the park on Wednesday evenings through the summer. Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park is the one place in Wright County that offers mountain biking. The trails are signed and bikers are encouraged to test out the trails. The topography is fun to ride and there are a lot of great switches, so there can be challenging parts!
Once Bertram reaches its planned 1,050 land acres (1,200 acres including water bodies), it will become the largest regional park in Wright County!
Whether you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, the weather is warm and the sun is shining ~ what a great time to get out and enjoy Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Park in the parking lot off of 90th Street in Monticello Township. The canoe launch on Long Lake is just down from the parking lot. The mountain bike trails are signed and ready to go with the new boardwalk over the muddy area near the creek, thanks to the hard work and efforts of MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) Volunteers! While you’re out and about, be sure to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch by the lake or in the gazebo by the parking lot! Have a wonderful weekend!
Be sure to check out our Maps Page for driving directions to the park during the I-94 Construction Project with Ramp Closures in Monticello!
Thanks to the hundreds of folks who came out for the
1st Annual Monticello Winter Block Party
Friends of Bertram Snow Sculpting Event!
Although it was a bit chilly, there were four snow sculptures carved on the front lawn of the Community Center and lots of warm conversation and fun inside the building.
Snow sculptures were judged with cash prizes going to
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!
Kids snowman building contest winner received an
MCC Gift Card and Certificate!
This was a great event for introducing and updating the Monticello Community on the growing park and its activities.
Hope to see you next year!
When looking at and remembering history, we are too often forced to look at it in human terms but, plants, insects and animals have always had their own influences, in in some instances, very serious impact on human history. In this case, I had a very interesting and beautiful encounter with an insect in the Bertram Lakes area.
It was the summer of 1990, while supervising some summer youth employment students. We were engaged in some cleanup near the beach area of Bertram Lake. A storm had come through and left some of the oak trees with broken branches and scattered leaves. One of the older trees had received a lightning strike that left it in fairly bad shape. We had decided that it needed to come down and proceeded to trim all the branches away. As I began using the chainsaw on the upper trunk, I felt little resistance to the saw. It soon became apparent that the tree was hollow and in fact, very hollow. After cutting several feet off the upper trunk we could look inside and see that the entire bottom was covered, 3 feet deep, with course sawdust. In looking through the sawdust, I found several (6-10) very large larvae, all about the size of a finger. They were off-white with a faint green hue and about 3/4 of an inch thick. They could be nothing less than the larvae of the Cecropia Moth. The largest of the moth family in North America. Recognizing this, we stopped cutting, covered the top with branches and leaves and left it alone until the next year.
I can only hope that they all survived. I was very happy and awed to see how nature compliments itself by providing what is necessary for its components to survive. Beauty isn’t always in what we can see, but it’s hidden all around us!