Crooked Crane Trail

The Crooked Crane Trail is a multi-surfaced trail around Patterson Lake Recreation Area.  The trail was originally created in 1999 and was recently rejuvenated to provide more access and amenities. The recreation area side of the trail consists of a 1.9 mile concrete, 10 ft. wide path with unique fitness and play equipment stationed along the trail.  The primitive side of the trail features a 6 ft. wide mowed grass trail along the south and west end of Patterson Lake with exceptional views and wildlife.  Six (6) trailheads are placed throughout with parking, signage and trail access. This section of the trail is approximately 9.6 miles and runs through the Wildlife Management Area along the south side of Patterson Lake Recreation Area.



Dickinson Parks and Recreation asks citizens to abide by the following rules when using the trails:

  1. Walkers, joggers and bikers please keep to the right when using the trails.
  2. All dogs must be on a leash.
  3. Be aware of traffic approaching and behind you.
  4. Be aware of intersections and crossings.
  5. Please pick up you and your pet’s litter.

Thank you to the Convention & Visitors Bureau for putting together this short video of the Crooked Crane Trail.


The Crooked Crane Trail is a bonus trail for the 12 Months 12 Hikes Challenge