Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail

Celebrate the past - Participate in the future

A 20 mile, multi-use trail being developed through the Chisago Lakes Area celebrating Swedish Immigrant History. Hear the history of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail. There is an English Language Version and a Swedish Language Version.

People love trails!

Minnesotans chose trails as their #1 priority for recreational development in a statewide study.

The goal of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Project is to build and maintain a 20 mile, multi-use, hard surface trail that provides a safe route for recreation and alternative transportation, while interpreting and celebrating the Swedish Immigrant History of Chisago County.
Reservations are NOT necessary to use our Regional Trails. However, registration is necessary if large events are planned on the trails. A large event is one that will add significant traffic to the trail and might hinder its use by others during this time. You must register all events with greater than 30 participants by contacting the County Parks Office at 651-674-2345. Check out the links to each of the Trail Heads below for specific information, including features available on the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail.
Chisago County was the destination and new world home for many of the Swedes who immigrated to Minnesota in the 1800's and early 1900's. Vilhelm Moberg even used this area as the setting for his famous "Emigrant Novels." Swedish American cultural heritage is alive and well here, as evidenced in community festivals, historic buildings, and businesses.

  • Connect our communities
  • Provide safer places to walk, bike and skate
  • Improve our health and fitness
  • Increase recreational opportunities
  • Help preserve the environment
  • Increase business to local retailers
  • Provide for non-motorized transportation
This trail when complete will connect Wyoming to Taylors Falls via Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City and Shafer, utilizing an abandoned railway corridor that parallels Highway 8.

Trail Heads:
30320 Redwing Avenue - Shafer, MN 55074
30269 Tern Avenue - Shafer, MN 55074
The Chisago County Parks and Trails Foundation is spearheading the trail effort, in partnership with the supporting Cities and the Chisago County Park Board. The foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to further the establishment, development, and enhancement of parks and trails within Chisago County and to encourage their wise use and protection.