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 project was constructed in 2015.