Snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors in the winter months and a spectacular way to get a glimpse of Pure Ludington scenery. The Ludington State Park boasts of 5,300 acres of land - and while you probably won’t see all of them - the ski and snowshoe trails winding through the property display the beauty of the snow-dusted trees, a rippling river and nearby lake.
The state park offers a number of snowshoeing events in January for locals and guests alike - all free of charge. Dress in layers and meet at the warming shelter near the entrance to the park. Feel free to explore with your own snowshoes, or borrow a pair from the park. Sixty pairs are freely available for use, on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you’re new to the activity, you may want to try a guided tour; a park
ranger will take you through the dunes and forests to scout the property. If it’s an evening event, you should plan to bring a flashlight or headlamp, or take a look at the lantern-lit snowshoe hikes, specially planned for January and February. Seventy-five lanterns will light a one-mile loop through the park, where hikers can travel to find one of two bonfires along the route. Take a break, warm up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy conversation with family and friends. This activity is self-paced and a first-rate means to take in the sights and sounds of the evening. Of course, cross-country skiiers and hikers are invited to participate in the events as well.
Here are the upcoming snowshoe and ski events planned in 2019 at the Ludington State Park:
Jan. 5 - Guided snowshoe hike, 2-3:30 PM
Jan. 5 - Lantern-lit ski & snowshoe, 6-7:30 PM
Jan. 12 - Evening guided snowshoe hike, 6-7:30 PM
Jan. 19 - Guided snowshoe hike, 2-3:30 PM
Jan. 19 - Lantern-lit ski & snowshoe, 6-7:30 PM
Jan. 26 - Guided snowshoe hike, 2-3:30 PM
Jan. 26 - Evening guided snowshoe hike, 6-7:30 PM
Feb. 2 - Guided snowshoe hike, 2-3:30 PM
Feb. 2 - Lantern-lit ski & snowshoe, 6-7:30 PM
Feb. 9 - Guided snowshoe hike, 2-3:30 PM
Feb. 9 - Evening guided snowshoe hike, 6-7:30 PM
Feb. 16 - Guided snowshoe hike, 2-3:30 PM
Feb. 16 - Lantern-lit ski & snowshoe, 6-7:30 PM
To kick it up a notch, you can build your own original, wooden snowshoes at a clinic, Feb. 22-23. Those 16 and older will be taught by the park interpreter, who has 25 years of snowshoe-making experience. Participants will leave with a certificate of completion, a knowledge of snowshoe history and, of course, their own set of snowshoes. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; the class will fill up quickly.
* A recreation passport is required for vehicle entry to the park.
* Updates concerning severe weather and cancellation can be found here. If there is not enough snow, plan on a hike around the park instead.
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