October 18, 2015
Big Eau Pleine is a beautiful park with lots of options for riding. The ten or so miles of singletrack are rake n ride and vary from fast and flowy to some nasty but very doable rock gardens with much of it being twisty and rooted. It's not for the faint of heart as it will test your skills for sure. The graveled double track (former XC ski trail now used a lot by equestrians) is a fast ride but be aware of horse riders. Stop and greet. The local riders have a good relationship with the horse folk.
While you're there, take advantage of what else Eau Pleine has to offer. Frisbee golf on an 18 hole course, camp at one of over 100 camp sites, paddle your canoe, go for a swim, have a picnic or just sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view over the water. It really is a beautiful park.
A good full suspension bike will be appreciated but not a requirement. Fat bikes are pretty versatile here allowing you to explore the sandy to rocky shoreline when the reservoir is at low levels and of course winter riding is allowed.
Currently the trails are not marked. Some singletrack maps are in place in places. The local IMBA chapter, CWOCC, will be putting more effort into signage and maps in the near future. If you are fall riding just look for the well leaf blown singletrack and go for it. Hard to get lost on a peninsula. When in doubt hit the main paved road and head north back to the main lot.