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  1. Wed, 6:00 pm
    May 24
    • Day trip
    • Beginners welcome

    Birding Walk at Richardson Nature Center — Bloomington, MN

    Summer Trips Hiking Other Summer Activities Other Beginners welcome Day Trips

    For this excellent birding walk at Richardson Nature Center: Meet at the parking lot at 8737 E Bush Lake Rd Bloomington, MN 55438. No experience is required, but experienced birders are welcome and encouraged to come and help. We will locate and identify birds, as well as talk about them.

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    Coordinator(s): Mike S.  – 952-997-2986
  2. Fri - Mon
    May 26 - 29

    Duncan Lake 3 — Border Route Trail, Minnesota

    Summer Trips Trail Maintenance

    Friday evening, May 26th, the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse or ranger cabin and stay overnight. Saturday the crew will paddle from the “West” Bearskin landing to a campsite on Duncan Lake (includes a 1/4 mile portage), setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. The crew will continue trail clearing on Sunday.

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    Coordinator(s): Tom S.  – 651-484-8606
  3. Fri - Sun
    May 26 - 28

    Canoeing, camping, fishing — Cloquet River, MN

    Summer Trips Paddling

    The plan is to camp Friday night at Indian lake Campground. There should be an early start Sat morning from Indian Lake. Proceed down Cloquet River,a section designated as primitive/remote and describe by the DNR as wonderfully wild. The trip entails 35 miles, some class I & II rapids so intermediate paddling skills are desired. Most rapids have portages

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    Coordinator(s): John B
  4. Fri - Mon
    May 26 - 29
    • Trip is full
    • Wait list open

    Hiking, Bison Watching, Rock Climbing, Bicycling and Paddling in SW MN & SE South Dakota — Palisades State Park, South Dakota

    Summer Trips Bicycling Camping Climbing Hiking Paddling Other Summer Activities

    A trifecta of state park fun! Palisades SP (SD) has pink quartzite bluffs overlooking the rushing water of Split Rock Creek. Less than 25 minutes away are Blue Mounds SP, the city of Luverne (home of Bradenburg Gallery and Take 16 Brewing), Split Rock Creek SP, and the Sioux Falls Bike Trail. Palisades SP offers beautiful views, bluffs for rock climbing, and Split Rock Creek for whitewater paddling. Blue Mounds SP offers bison watching and 13 miles of hiking trails past quartzite cliffs, tallgrass prairie, and prickly pear cacti. Split Rock Creek SP offers paddling on Split Rock Lake (Boats available for rent) and another 4.5 miles of hiking. For bikers, Sioux Falls has a 26 mile paved trail around the city outskirts.

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    Coordinator(s): Paul S.  – 612-594-6224
    Stephanie S.
  5. Sun, 10:00 am
    May 28
    • New
    • Day trip

    Plum City Bike Tour — Plum City, WI

    Summer Trips Bicycling Other Day Trips

    Meet 10 am in Plum City, WI (park on street near trout pond). Vino in the Valley closes at 5 pm Sunday; so we’ll bike the same loop but starting in Plum City and eat at Molly’s on Main afterwards. Not for beginners with challenging hills in bluff & coulee country. We’ll bike a 60-mile loop to Maiden Rock, Pepin & Plum City, WI, or a 46-mile option.

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    Coordinator(s): David B  – 612-214-3219
    Julie R  – 651-354-9737
  6. Wed, 6:00 pm
    May 31
    • Day trip
    • Beginners welcome

    Birding Walk at Old Cedar Road Bridge — Bloomington, MN

    Summer Trips Hiking Other Summer Activities Other Beginners welcome Day Trips

    This very interesting birding walk is by the Old Cedar Road Bridge: This area is also referred to as the Historic Cedar Avenue Minnesota River Crossing and also the Long Meadow Bridge. No experience is required, but experienced birders are welcome and encouraged to come and help. We will locate and identify birds, as well as talk about them.

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    Coordinator(s): Mike S.  – 952-997-2986
  7. Fri - Sun
    Jun 2 - 4
    • Beginners welcome

    Mountain Biking — CAMBA Trails, NW Wisconsin

    Summer Trips Bicycling Hiking Other Beginners welcome

    Weekend of mountain biking for all levels through the Chequamegon National Forest Region of NW Wisconsin (Cable/Hayward). The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude.

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    Coordinator(s): Scott & Jodi S.
  8. Sun, 10:00 am
    Jun 4
    • New
    • Day trip

    Bicycle Ride to Minneopa State Park and on the Red Jacket Trail — MANKATO, MN

    Summer Trips Bicycling

    This casual bike ride will be about 27 miles. From the West High School parking lot in Mankato, we will bike to Minneopa Falls and do a very short hike to the falls. From there we will take a trail to the Red Jacket Bridge. After a brief stop, we will continue to Rapidan and then to Dam Store for pie and/or lunch. The return trip will be on the Red Jacket Trail.

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    Coordinator(s): DOUG J.  – 507-420-8839
    HEIDI H.  – 952-240-4105
  9. Wed, 7:00 pm
    Jun 7
    • Day trip

    Midweek Hike — Mendota Heights (Dodge Nature Center, Lily Property), MN

    Summer Trips Hiking Other Beginners welcome Family friendly Day Trips

    Come join me at the Lily Property of Dodge Nature Center. It is located on the south side of Highway 110 between Dodd Road and Delaware in Mendota Heights. We will meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Mendota Church of Christ, which has parking. This will be a casual hike on grassy trails and we also may check the bluebird boxes along the way.

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    Coordinator(s): Jen O.  – 612-202-6806
    Barry S.
  10. Fri - Sun
    Jun 16 - 18

    Biking,  hiking, kayaking/canoeing — Charles Lindbergh State Park, Little Falls, Mn., MN

    Summer Trips Bicycling Camping Hiking Paddling

    At Charles Lindbergh State Park from June 16-18 there will be campsites and opportunities for bicycling, hiking, kayaking and canoeing. This weekend is also Dam Festival 2017 in Little Falls with street dancing both nights, a parade, and opportunities to visit museums.

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    Coordinator(s): Steven G.  – 952-688-3547
    Mary R.  – 320-223-0717
  11. Fri - Mon
    Jun 23 - 26
    • Beginners welcome
    • Trip is full
    • Wait list open

    Beginner Backpacking on the SHT — Superior Hiking Trail, MN

    Summer Trips Camping Hiking Other Beginners welcome

    Want to try backpacking for the first time?

    You’ve been out once and want to solidify your skills?
    Want to coordinate a beginner backpacking trip yourself and want to co-coordinate with someone first?
    This is the trip for you!

    We’ll plan this trip together from selecting the route to figuring out meals. Along the way we’ll learn how to choose the right gear, pack a pack, cook with a backpacking stove, filter water, hang a bear bag, and train to get into shape for the physical challenges.

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    Coordinator(s): Alison H.  – 612-384-3797
  12. Fri - Sun
    Jun 23 - 25

    Adventure Racing and/or Mountain Biking — Cable, Wisconsin

    Summer Trips Bicycling Hiking Paddling

    Stubborn Mule Adventure Race. Representing Team Rovers for the third year in a row, it’s a blast, so we’re doing it again! Three Rovers will be doing the 12-hour race. There is also a 5-hour race and a 30-hour race. Come cheer us on, create your own team, go solo, or just come up and bike or hike on your own on some of the best trails in the Midwest!

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    Coordinator(s): Scott & Jodi S.
  13. Thu - Mon
    Jun 29 - Jul 3
    • Trip is full
    • Wait list open

    Canoeing — Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

    Summer Trips Camping Paddling

    The first night (Thursday, 29 June), we will camp at East Bearskin Lake campground so we can rise early the next morning, get our entry permit, and begin paddling on Poplar Lake. We will travel through Lizz, Caribou, Horseshoe, Gaskin, and Winchell lakes to a base campsite. Day trips will be taken to surrounding lakes and may include Pup, Cliff, and maybe even Brule,

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    Coordinator(s): Mike S  – 952-997-2986
    Scott M  – 612-387-8303
  14. Fri - Wed
    Jun 30 - Jul 5

    Mountain Biking and Hiking — Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

    Summer Trips Bicycling Hiking

    Join us on a long holiday weekend to explore the Keweenaw Peninsula. There are tons of mountain biking trails as well as hiking, sightseeing, beaches, lighthouses, etc. We’ll head up Friday after work, stay at a motel along the way then head to Copper Harbor where we’ll check out the trails and camp at Lake Fanny Hooe two nights, then move on to the Houghton area for two more days of riding, camping, and exploring.

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    Coordinator(s): Scott & Jodi S.
  15. Fri - Sun
    Jul 14 - 16
    • Family friendly

    Camping and Dragonfly Survey — Kilen Woods State Park, Minnesota, Jackson County

    Summer Trips Camping Other Summer Activities Other Family friendly

    Camping and conducting a survey for dragonflies and damselflies at Kilen Woods State Park in southwest Minnesota, in coordination with the Minnesota Dragonfly Society. The survey will result with a list of dragonflies and damselflies for the Park as well as add to our knowledge of those species.

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    Coordinator(s): Mike S.  – 952-997-2986
  16. Sat - Sun
    Sep 9 - 17

    Black Hills Climbing Plus — Calvin Coolidge Group Camp Area, South Dakota

    Summer Trips Bicycling Camping Climbing Hiking

    There is a NEW Camp at CALVIN COOLIDGE GROUP AREA. Pay only for nights you stay there. Climbers must have a predetermined climbing partner to climb with. Area offers trad & sport climbing at all levels of ability. Devils Tower is 2 hours away for those who want to ‘side-trip’ to climb there.

    NON-CLIMBERS WELCOME as there are many hiking trails in the area and Wind Cave and Badlands National Parks and Jewel Cave National Monument.

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    Coordinator(s): Rob C.  – 651-230-2277
  17. Fri - Fri
    Sep 22 - Oct 6
    • Trip is full

    Boats, Bikes, Boots, and Beer: Canal Boating in England — Cheshire, England

    Summer Trips Bicycling Hiking Other Summer Activities

    This is a two-week canal boat trip in the county of Cheshire, in west central England, near the Welsh border. The canal boat will be our moving base of operations, a sort of floating RV with a kitchen, bathrooms, showers and bedrooms. Each day we will cruise down the canal, through the lovely English countryside, for about 4-5 hours, leaving us six to eight hours each day to explore scenic villages, ancient castles and churches, and dramatic overlooks.

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    Coordinator(s): Bob J.  – 971-275-3878
  18. Fri - Sun
    Sep 29 - Oct 1
    • Beginners welcome
    • Family friendly
    • Special event

    Fall Extravaganza — Forestville Mystery Cave State Park, MN

    Summer Trips Bicycling Camping Climbing Hiking Paddling Other Beginners welcome Family friendly Special Event

    SAVE THE DATE for the Fall Extravaganza! This event occurs every spring and fall and is an opportunity for non-members or newer members to learn more about the club, along side seasoned MN Rover members! There will be organized activities for all levels of participation, from beginner to experienced.

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    Coordinator(s): Sandy A.
    Kim L (Registration)
  19. Fri - Sun
    Oct 13 - 15

    Fall camping & more along the Mississippi at Frontenac — Frontenac State Park, Minnesota

    Summer Trips Bicycling Camping Hiking Other Summer Activities Other Day Trips

    We had so much fun on Suresh’s trip to Frontenac in Oct 2016 that we’re teaming up with him to do it again for 2017. Group campsite for 35 people has been reserved.

    PLEASE NOTE: you will be able to sign up for this trip starting late August 2017 once we have final costs and details available.

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    Coordinator(s): Carrie K
    Suresh S