Carlton County Ship Initiatives

The Carlton Area participates in the SHIP through the funding of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG). The City of Carlton and the surrounding area are guided by the Carlton Active Transportation Coalition. They are working so one can “Bike In, Hike In, Connect In Carlton.” The Carlton School District is currently working on a Safe Routes to School Plan and Active School Day strategies to provide opportunities for students to be more active on school days.  The Carlton Active Transportation has also developed a new map, geared to connecting visitors and resident to the many recreational opportunities for active living. Download the map!

The City of Carlton serves as an access point to a variety of trails and other outdoor activities.   Trails include the paved, non-motorized Willard Munger State Trail, Laveau Trail, and the St. Louis River Trail. The St. Louis River Trail travels from the park and ride in Scanlon and enters into Carlton right by the Four Seasons Sports Complex and the Bike rental and repair store to end at the pavilion. The trail leads into Carlton where one can access the library, gas stations, restaurants, grocery store, a bed and breakfast, and other services the city has to offer. Additionally, Carlton has a pavilion for picnics connected to a parking lot that provides access to the Munger State Trail. The Munger Trail connects to the Carlton trail which leads to sidewalks leading to South Terrace Elementary School.  The elementary school offers a 9 basket disc golf course that weaves through the woods and back to the school. Heading out of town and just over the Thomson Bridge, there is a parking lot adjacent to a whitewater kayaking and canoeing center where one can access the St. Louis River. Continuing on, the road leads into Jay Cooke State Park which offers a variety of hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails. One can also travel on the Munger State Trail to access the park and campgrounds. In the winter one can enjoy the variety of snowmobile, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing trails the park has to offer.  The City of Carlton offers a variety of unique outdoor experiences year-round with access to Jay Cooke State Park and numerous trails going in all directions. Come explore the outdoors in Carlton!

The City of Cloquet has a variety of Active Transportation initiatives happening from a focus on making walking and biking the preferred transportation choice for residents and visitors, to working on ways to connect the immense surrounding trail network. The Active Transportation Coalition meets once a month (second Monday from 12-1pm at Cloquet City Hall), and has the vision statement “The Cloquet Active Transportation Coalition creates an environment that promotes a citywide transportation system connecting resources through walking, bicycling and transit use to improve the wellness and safety of residents and visitors.” Through the efforts of the Coalition, in partnership with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) and the City of Cloquet, the City has secured a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) that is providing research and recommendations surrounding the City’s transportation section update to their comprehensive plan. A local trails committee meets regularly as well to focus on connecting the surrounding trail systems. The Chamber of Commerce provides additional details of all of the recreational opportunities in Cloquet.

Cloquet Schools are focused on improving the health of their students through increasing healthy school food options through school snacks and education, as well as through Safe Routes to School initiatives at both Elementary Schools (Churchill and Washington), as well as the Middle School. The schools have been active in organizing ways for students to get active through focuses on the “5 E’s”; education, enforcement, encouragement, engineering, and evaluation. The school has been proactive in finding ways to address the obesity epidemic through partnerships, grants, and involvement of staff and the community.

Moose Lake has a rich history of proactive efforts both with the school, and within the community for healthy school food options, active living, and safe routes to school (SRTS). The school is currently focused on SRTS efforts through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), as well as a grant through the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT). They have had great success with staff involvement and support from the school’s Administration, City of Moose Lake Staff, and the Moose Lake Police Department. Moose Lake is a hub for trails and places a priority on the health of its students and citizens through active living efforts.

Carlton County Bicycle Fleet   Carlton County Public Health and Human Services was awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT) to purchase and implement a bicycle fleet for all county schools. Many of the Physical Education Teachers have been through Traffic Skills 101, as well as Minnesota’s Walk! Bike! Fun! Curriculum training. The fleet will be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year.


Meghann Levitt coordinates the county-wide bicycle fleet and SHIP efforts in the City of Cloquet. She also works with Cloquet and Moose Lake schools.