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Advocating for a better Winona

Recreation Alliance of Winona

The Recreation Alliance of Winona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Winona, Mn.



Advocate, develop, and support outdoor recreation in the greater Winona area to improve quality of life, protect our public lands, and encourage sustainable economic growth.


To make the greater Winona area one of the premiere outdoor recreation destinations in the Midwest.



  • Facilitate communication and advocacy among outdoor recreation user groups including, but not limited to those who: hike, road cycle, rock climb, ski, fish, mountain bike, birdwatch and paddle

  • Project a positive message around outdoor recreation activities and initiatives

  • Facilitate partnerships between the public and local officials

  • Support development of and increase access to recreational facilities

  • Promote the conservation of natural resources



We are helping the Midwest become a prospering outdoor recreation destination by communicating the needs of user groups, assisting in grant writing, identifying external funding sources, and developing public/private models for resource development. With the cooperation of municipalities we offer human, financial, and logistical resources to accomplish recreation goals.

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 By investing in our public lands we can create lasting change 

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Annual Sugarloaf Bluff Clean Up and Invasive Species Removal Day October 29th

Join us for a day of maintaining the Sugarloaf trail, removing invasive species, and helping restore the bluff top prairie Oct. 28th from 9am-2pm. The recreation Alliance will be supplying hand tools, gloves, trash bags, and invasive treatments but feel free to bring your own hand tools and gloves if you like! Any amount of help is greatly appreciated as this heavily used open space needs annual maintenance and it s a great way to spend a fall day outside! Volunteers can meet at the Sugarloaf trailhead at 9am or hike up to the ice park area where a Recreation Alliance representative can get you started!


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