All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), golf carts, mini bikes, and the like are not allowed anywhere in the Greenway. Nope. None. Nada. Zip. No matter how you say it, the answer is still no. “But I see ruts and tracks in the woods. Isn’t that the trail?” Nope. There are unpaved trails along the river for walking, biking, skiing, and service vehicles, but not for ATVs and golf carts.
“So, how do the ruts get there?” Most of the rutting comes from service vehicles, but some come from unauthorized vehicles.
“Why are ATVs, golf carts, and other motorized vehicles in the greenway a problem?” Well, besides being against city ordinances, motor vehicles impact the enjoyment of other greenway users. One of the best features of the greenway is the solitude of the natural setting. Encountering an ATV or truck on the trail system ruins that experience.
Besides, driving on or over the levee erodes the grass that protects the dirt and clay. That dirt and clay is part of the flood protection system and comes in pretty handy when the Red and Red Lake Rivers flood.
"How do I report ATVs, golf carts, and other motorized vehicles in the greenway?" Call local law enforcement. In GF that's (701) 787-8000 & press 0. In EGF, call (218) 773-1104.
“Are snowmobiles allowed in the greenway?” Yes, city ordinances allow snowmobiles on designated trails only.