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Tour Around Harmon Lake


With warm weather coming many of you are looking to spend the weekend outside.
The Harmon Lake Recreation Area has more to offer than just water.
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you for a ride along the lake.

(Sarah Gustin / "When you think of Harmon Lake, dropping a line in the water probably comes to mind. But, there is nine miles of hidden treasure that surrounds the lake that many don't even know about."
Take a ride and it's easy to see there's a lot of beauty to be seen north of Mandan.
This roughly nine mile trail surrounds this 140 acre lake.
(Jamie Wetsch / Developed Trail) "When we approached the board it was as a local group mountain bikers who wanted to make sure that with this beautiful lake around here, what a great place for a trail. 
Jamie Wetsch has a passion for mountain biking and the Harmon Lake Recreation Area.
This Computer programmer, along with a team of 3 others, turned this land around Harmon Lake into a play area for hikers and bikers.
The Otter Creek Trail was mapped in 2008, and constructed into what you enjoy today in 2009 and 2010.
(Jamie Wetsch / Developed Trail) "There 's lot of natural bedrock sticking right out of the trail. When we saw that, we thought this is great. Rather than having it all moved out of the way to make a smooth trail we left it in there for the challenge. It really makes for unique riding when you see different terrain and you have to make your way around it and thru the rocks, rather than over here where it's smooth trail."
Wetsch says it's one of the longest trails in the Bismarck/Mandan area that all ages can enjoy.
(Jamie Wetsch / Developed Trail) "if you a family coming riding with smaller kids and haven't done a whole lot of it you can do an out and back on this side and be fine. If you are looking for more of a challenge, you can go on this side and still finish up or go back around on the other side. "
An outdoor get away just north of town.

Wetsch recently received the 2013 Trail Worker Award in Arizona for helping develop and maintain the trail at Harmon Lake. 


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