Lac qui Parle State Park, near Montevideo in southwestern Minnesota, will host a group snowshoe hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The hike, which is suitable for beginner-level snowshoers of all ages, will begin with a talk about the park, its wildlife and how to identify animal tracks.
Snowshoeing is easy to learn and can be fun for all ages, whether alone or in groups. It offers a low-impact workout that can burn more calories than running, cycling or cross-country skiing.
There is no charge for the event, although pre-registration is required, and the hike is limited to 20 participants. Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Vehicles entering the park are required to have a Minnesota state park permit ($5/one-day or $25/year-round), which can be purchased at the park. A limited supply of snowshoes will be available for rent at $6/day.
Lac qui Parle State Park has had more snow than much of the state and is currently one of Minnesota’s best destinations for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If conditions change, however, the event could be modified or canceled. For more information or to register, call Cara Greger at the park, 320-734-4450, ext. 225, or visit the park webpage. Note that statewide snow depth and trail conditions for the park and other Minnesota state parks and trails are updated every Thursday after 2 p.m.
To visit the park, go one-half mile north of Watson on State Highway 7, then west on Chippewa County Road 13 and watch for signs.
For other ideas on what to do at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter – including where to go for winter hiking, wildlife watching and sledding – check out the Winter Activities Guide on the Minnesota DNR website or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.