Bertram Lake Beach Now Open!


Posted by Friends of Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park (YMCA Camp Manitou) on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Our Park Continues to Grow!

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!


Blazing the Trails

The St. Cloud Times posted an article highlighting the redesigned single-track mountain bike trails built and maintained by MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists).  MORC volunteers work at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park on Wednesday evenings through the summer.  Check out the article here:

Visit Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park today and enjoy the outdoors and all the natural recreation the land has to offer!



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Park Hits the Halfway Mark!

A closing for the next land acquisition at the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park took place on December 17, 2013.  The purchase included approximately 140 land and water acres lying along the south and west side of the planned park – including a large portion of Bertram Lake.  After months of work on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pertaining to the development of the YMCA’s Camp Manitou at the park, the purchase is ready to move forward! The Wright County Board of Commissioners and the Monticello City Council, at their respective meetings, both approved the Fourth Addendum to the MOU and its exhibits on November 12, 2013, paving the way for the closing. 

This acquisition will put the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park at almost 640 acres, or over half of the total planned park area of 1,200 acres!  

Find out more about Bertram Park by clicking here!


Great News! Another YES Vote!

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Today the County Board voted 3-2 (Sawatzke, Thelen and Eichelberg), to provide the County share of the local match to complete a phase 3 acquisition at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park, this phase includes the area between Long and Bertram Lakes.

Now we will be working with the YMCA on a closing date, survey of the property, appraisal, update to the MOU, and purchase agreements. The goal is to complete the purchase by the end of 2011.

We’d like to encourage you to write and email thank you to each of the three commissioners supporting the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park.    Please take a minute to write (sample text provided below):

Sample Text: “Thank you for voting YES to provide the county share of the local match to complete phase 3 acquistion of teh Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park.”

We know they would love to hear from you! Thanks so much for your continued support!

Family Fun Day 2011 A Success

2011_06_11_ffd_wildlife-science_rszThanks for Participating in Family Fun Day!

Saturday was a picture perfect day for exploring the planned Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

The Family Fun Day is an opportunity for visitors to experience the full breadth of what is planned to be a 1200 acre regional park cooperatively owned and operated by Wright County and the City of Monticello.


The park saw close to 900 visitors on Saturday – a mix of new and returning visitors from across the County and beyond.

To see the public photo album, follow this link:

Photos from Family Fun Day

Among the host of activities:

A Narrated horse-drawn carriage ride around the north side of Long Lake.

Buckthorn walking sticks, made with the help of the Friends of Bertram Lakes Regional Park
Fishing off the docks at Bertram – and the sunnies were biting!
Face-painting by Monticello Royalty at Bertram Beach
Kayaking and Canoeing at Long Lake – with kayaks and canoes courtesy of Clear Water Outfitters
Critters including snakes and lizards from the MN Herpetological Society
At the amphitheatre – Animals Nobody Loves and Raptors from the Wildlife Science Center.

Thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors and organizations that make the event so successful – Xcel Energy, Cargill Corporation, Clear Water Outfitters, Moon Motors, FiberNet Monticello, theMonticello Lions, New River Medical Center, Veolia, Wright County Sheriff’s Dept (mounted patrol), the MCC staff, the Friends of Bertram Lakes and last, but certainly not least, the Park Departments of the City and County, who ready the park for the event and make it look effortless!

The Friends of Bertram Lakes, the City of Monticello and Wright County continue to work to make this park a reality. We invite residents to visit the 370 acres of public park this summer and we thank you for all of your support!

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Wright County Trail and Bikeway Plan

MN-Wright-CountyWright County Trail and Bikeway Plan Ready for Review

Wright County is unveiling the Draft Trail and Bikeway Plan at two community meetings this June. The first meeting is Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Clearwater City Hall (605 County Road 75, Clearwater, MN 55320). The second meeting is on Monday, June 6, 2011 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Wright County Public Works Building in Buffalo (1901 Highway 25 North, Buffalo, MN 55313). A summary of the plan will be presented at 7:00 p.m.

The goal of the Trail and Bikeways Master Plan is to improve county-wide connectivity and to foster active living. The Wright County Plan is a guide to future bikeway and trail development, operations,and implementation. The Plan was funded by a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program and Live Wright.

The public is invited to view the Plan, hear a brief presentation and provide their ideas and suggestions. The Plan can also be viewed on-line from May 27th onward. Input from the public, County officials and County staff will help shape the final plan which is likely to go before the County Board in late June.

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