Winter in Minnesota
With temperatures dropping into the 20's next week, winter is definitely here in Lake Crystal!
As we all know, Minnesota is an amazing place for winter activities. From skiing to ice fishing and to everything in between, there is something for everyone in Minnesota. What you might not know however is where you can do certain activities, or if their are any events you can attend as well.
Don't worry, we complied some great winter activities you can do and where you can do them as well!
Candlelight Winter Events
If candlelight trails are new to you, this is a great time to learn and experience such a cool event. Around New Years there are several candlelight events that take place around Minnesota. These events usually consist of short, lit trails that are lit with lanterns to offer a really cool ambience while you cross country ski or snowshoe. Take a leisurely ride on these trails and take in this unique experience with friends or family.
One of these candlelight walks will take place in Lake Carlos State Park. At the event on New Years Eve, participants can snowshoe or walk by the light of candle luminaries set along the trails to guide their path. Afterwards you are invited to come warm up by the wood stove or enjoy snacks and refreshments in the Lakeview warming shelter.
A Minnesota state parks vehicle permit is required to enter the park ($5/day or $25/year).
Sign-up is not required for this program, but if you want to rent snowshoes ($6/day) please call the park to reserve a pair, as limited pairs are available.
For more winter events go to this website!
Another winter activity that may be unfamiliar to you, skijoring is the activity of cross country skiing while being pulled by your dog! Not only is it great exercise for you and your dog, it is a chance to bond with your dog as well and connect with him/her through skiing.
Skijoring does not require a Minnesota ski pass and you can find skijoring trails at Hayes Lake State Park. At the park you will find one lane is designated for cross-country skiing only; while the other section of the groomed trail is for skate skiing or skijoring.
Some tips to remember while you are skijoring include:
- Remember you are skiing with the dog, not being pulled
- Being able to cross country ski will keep the event safe for both you and your dog.
- Do not use trails designated for Classic/Skate skiing, or active snowmobile trails - stick to designated skijoring trails.
- Do not let your dog run loose (including on the trail, in the woods or around the parking area.)
- Be in control of your dog at all times.
- Do not use a choke collar while skijoring.
Ice Fishing is a great sport for any fishers that are looking to continue their craft into the winter. Although there are major differences, the end goal is the same, catch some fish! If you want to get into ice fishing, there are several classes in the area that can help you and your family get a grasp of this great winter activity!
On January 17 from 1-3 p.m. at Fort Snelling State Park, you can get hands on instruction on ice fishing! All equipment and bait will be provided. Dress warmly and meet at the Visitor Center for information and instruction before heading to Snelling lake.
Registration is required due to limited equipment. Please call 612-725-2724 to make your reservation.
Kroubetz Lakeside Campers
We hope these ideas will help you get out this winter and get active! If you need anything RVs for your winter season, let Kroubetz Lakeside Campers help! We offer a great parts store that carries any items you may need for winter. We also have a great selection of ice cabins
and fish houses as well!
Stop by Kroubetz today and save money on a great RV!