Municipal Projects

Upper Sucker Creek Multi-Use Trail

Detroit Lakes, MN

Multi-Use Trail
Services Provided
  • Design
  • Construction

Upper Sucker Creek is a nature preserve and park on the edge of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The park consists of 40 acres of natural and undisturbed wilderness, wetlands, and a protected trout stream. The City of Detroit Lakes received Clean Water Legacy Funds through the DNR for the purchase of the property and construction of a multi-use trail and marsh-walk through the nature preserve.


Apex Engineering Group provided design and construction services for various improvements within the preserve. The primary improvement included a 3,300' multi-use trail and parking area. The design and construction of the trail provided some unique and challenging circumstances. The trail is ADA compliant and was designed in accordance with DNR Trail Planning, Design, and Development Guidelines. This was challenging due to the topography of the site. Construction needed to occur with minimal impact to the natural elements and character of the site. In the areas where the trail traversed wetlands and across a protected trout stream, the conventional trail was replaced with an elevated aluminum marsh-walk system. This system allowed the trail to continue through these sensitive and unique areas with no adverse impacts to the site.


The project was constructed in 2015.