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.
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!
Bertram Lakes Single Track
As a result of the County and City partnership with Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC), the mountain bike trails at the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park are undergoing many changes. Many of the trails have been re-worked with new segments added, totaling over 11 miles of trails to date. The new course known as Bertram Lakes Single Track is fun and challenging with many curves, hills, dips and twists.
Trail work sessions continue throughout the summer months on Wednesday Evenings at 6 p.m.
All volunteers are welcome and needed
No need to call, just show up!
We ask that you wear long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes or boots. You may want to bring along some water and an extra can of bug spray too! The trail work sessions are a lot of work but a lot of fun too. Build new friendships and enjoy the camaraderie with biking enthusiasts who share similar interests.
Visit the MORC website for up-to-date trail conditions, and the Bertram Lakes Singletrack Facebook page for further details:
(Photos of trail work sessions below)
Annual Spring Cleanup
The Friends of Bertram are always looking for more “Friends” to help out at our Annual Spring Cleanup Day at the park. Usually around the first weekend in May, the volunteers meet at the south park entrance (on 90th) Street to get directions on cleanup projects that need to be completed. All tools are provided. We just ask that you bring gloves, bug spray and wear boots or shoes you don’t mind getting muddy!
If the weather holds out, it’s always a fun day to stay and have a picnic by the lake following the cleanup. If you or your group (girl scouts, boy scouts, garden club, cycle club, etc.) wish to participate, please contact us by submitting the form below.
Please submit the form below if you’d like to volunteer ~ Thank You!
Stand Up Paddle Board Classes at Bertram!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is the world’s fastest growing water sport. This sport offers a fun and relaxing way to play on the water! SUP delivers a full body workout and, thus, has become a popular cross-training activity.
The Monticello Community Center (MCC) has teamed up with Clear Waters Outfitting to offer stand up paddle boarding classes on Bertram Lake throughout the summer at the Park! Classes will be held in the evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. on Bertram Lake. Regular classes and Yoga classes! No experience is needed and no equipment is required as all the equipment will be provided by the outfitting company, including life jackets, boards, paddles, and instruction. Fun for the entire family or call your best friends and sign up for night on the lake today!
To Register Call the MCC at 763-295-2954
Fishing Clinics for Kids and Families
The Monticello Community Center teams up with MinnAqua to offer fishing clinics to kids and families during the summer months at the Park!
MinnAqua is a program offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife Outreach Section. This is a statewide education program designed to teach angling recreation and stewardship, as well as the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats. Fishing right off the piers at Bertram and Long Lakes, this is a great way to introduce kids to fishing, and engage kids with learning that is relevant, interdisciplinary and fun! To learn more about this wonderful program, please visit the MinnAqua website by clicking the link below.
To register for a fishing clinic
Please contact the MCC at 763-295-2954
New for 2015
Monticello’s Annual Frostbite Challenge Fishing Contest will be held at Bertram Lake!
The Frostbite Challenge Committee approached the BCOL Advisory Council in 2013 with regard to moving the ice fishing contest portion of the event to Bertram Lake for the 2015 event. This is a family friendly event with a kids contest as well as an open fishing contest. The kids are provided with free rods and reels and given instruction from Simply Outdoor Experiences, a family mentoring and education program creating positive outdoor experiences. Many door prizes are given away at the event and cash prizes for the top three fish in each category. All fish must be alive and fresh when weighed and are then released back into the water. This event has been held annually the last three years on Pelican Lake in Wright County. However, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has begun a restoration project to lower high lake levels from the current elevation on the 4,000-acre Pelican Lake (a MDNR – designated wildlife lake) for wildlife management purposes.
The Frostbite Challenge Committee met with the Park Use and Natural Resources Subcommittees to review the details of the event and the conditions, limitations and restrictions set forth by the Advisory Council. The priority of the BCOL Advisory Council is to maintain the natural resources of this beautiful park and to ensure the environmental impact of such an event does not have a negative outcome on the park. The Wright County Park Ordinance applies, including no alcohol on the park premises, and no motorized vehicles in the park except in designated parking areas. Please visit the Monticello Frostbite Challenge website for the event details and 2015 dates.
- Monticello Frostbite Challenge
- Monticello Chamber of Commerce
- Simply Outdoor Experiences
- Monticello Rotary
- Pelican Lake Restoration Project
(Photos of Previous Frostbite Challenge Ice Fishing Contests Below)