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Get Outdoors!Date range: Sunday, November 17, 2019 to Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Activity: Cross country ski

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

First Day Hike

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Red Cedar ST

Join us on the Red Cedar State Trail from Noon to 2 p.m. for a wildlife and history hike/ski. Bring your cross-country skis and binoculars and meet at the Depot Visitor Center Red Cedar State trailhead parking lot. The hike will take place on the Junction Trail going north from the Visitor Center, and the ski will be on the Red Cedar Trail going south from the Visitor Center. State trail passes are required for skiing and will be available to purchase the day of the event. The Visitor Center will be open with restrooms inside. This event may be canceled due to weather.

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Red Cedar ST information

This 14.5-mile rail trail shadows the steep walls of the Red Cedar Valley from Menomonie to its connection with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the trail passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville and the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. The trail passes by prairies, marshland bottoms, forests and farmlands, including sandstone bluffs and other unique rock formations. In the Dunnville Wildlife Area, the Red Cedar trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail.


Mailing Address: 921 Brickyard Road, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751

Saturday, January 11, 2020

OutWiGo Snow

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Biking, Cross country ski, Festivals, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit

Why stay in when you can OutWiGo? Join park staff and partners for OutWiGo Snow!, a winter recreation celebration at Lapham Peak Unit in Delafield on Saturday, Jan. 11.  Bundle up with family and friends for an afternoon of cross-country skiing, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, ice fishing and ice safety demos, sledding, s'mores and more! Cross-country ski, fat tire bikes and snowshoe rentals will be available. Participants of all ages are welcome. A $5 admission fee applies to participants ages 18 and older, cash only. Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker or day pass required.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit information

The Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).


Mailing Address: W329 N846 County C, Delafield, Wisconsin 53018

Saturday, January 18, 2020

21st Annual Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Ski, hike, or snowshoea trail lit with glowing candlelight.Warm up by the bonfire after enjoying the trail.Snacks and hot beverages will be available for purchase.Weather and snow conditions determine trail location.Sponsored by the Friends of Governor Dodge.Sorry, no pets please.Park admission stickers required. The new 2019 annual stickers will be available for purchase at thepark.


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Governor Dodge SP information

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.


Mailing Address: 4175 State Highway 23 N , Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Save the Date! The annual candlelight ski at the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit will be held on the Nordic Trails on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. 

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Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit information

More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The forest headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.


Mailing Address: S59 W36530 County ZZ, Dousman, Wisconsin 53118

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Friends of Lapham Peak Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit

Save the Date! The Friends of Lapham Peak will host the annual Candlelight Ski/Hike at the Homestead Hollow Picnic Area on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

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Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit information

The Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).


Mailing Address: W329 N846 County C, Delafield, Wisconsin 53018

Friday, January 31, 2020

Annual Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Red Cedar ST

Cross-Country Ski the candlelit Red Cedar State Trail from the Depot to the lit ice wall. Snowshoe the candlelit trail in Riverside Park. Hike the candlelit Junction City Trail. All activities start at the Red Cedar State Trail Depot, Highway 29 West. Enjoy free hot chocolate and door prizes provided by the . There will be a bonfire will keep you warm and the depot will be open. Skis are required for the Red Cedar State Trail. Bring your own skis, or a limited number are available for rental at Stout Adventures. Bring your own snowshoes or use for free, snowshoes are generously provided by the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail/Hoffman Hills.


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Red Cedar ST information

This 14.5-mile rail trail shadows the steep walls of the Red Cedar Valley from Menomonie to its connection with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the trail passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville and the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. The trail passes by prairies, marshland bottoms, forests and farmlands, including sandstone bluffs and other unique rock formations. In the Dunnville Wildlife Area, the Red Cedar trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail.


Mailing Address: 921 Brickyard Road, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751

Saturday, February 1, 2020

OutWiGo Snow

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Biking, Cross country ski, Festivals, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Willow River SP

Let it snow, let it snow, OutWiGo! Launch into 2020 with Wisconsin State Parks at an OutWiGo Snow! winter recreation celebration at Willow River State Park in Hudson on Saturday, Feb. 1. Round up family and friends for an active afternoon of winter hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, campfire cooking, s'mores and more! Participants of all ages are welcome. A $5 admission fee applies to participants ages 18 and older, cash only. Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker or day pass required.

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Willow River SP information

With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson, and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.


Mailing Address: 1034 County Highway A, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

Enjoy a 1-mile loop through forest and meadow with hundreds of candles lining the trail. Following the ski or hike, participants can enjoy a bonfire with refreshments in the warming shelter. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Peninsula State Park. Pets are not allowed at the event. Event will be cancelled if weather is severe. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the park headquarters or self-registration station. A trail pass is not required for this event. Enter at Highland Road, 1 mile north of Fish Creek at Hwy. 42 and County Road A. Park in Lot 5. Get Directions.

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Peninsula SP information

Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula's sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment.


Mailing Address: 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Black River State Forest candlelight ski and snowshoe

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Black River SF

Join forest staff and the Black River Forest Trail Foundation for a night of skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and fun! A 1.5-mile ski trail and a 1-mile snowshoe/hike trail will be lit with candle luminaries. Warm up around a large bonfire or in the heated shelter. Hot chocolate and hot dogs will be available for purchase. A raffle will be held with great prizes! Meet at the Smrekar shelter located 4 miles east of Millston off County Road O. This event will still be held as a hike/snowshoe if there is not enough snow for skiing.

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Black River SF information

The Black River State Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including camping, hunting, hiking, skiing and ATV riding. But the Department of Natural Resources also manages this property to meet a host of other objectives, including maintenance of wildlife habitat, native biological diversity, soil and water quality, aesthetics and timber production.


Mailing Address: W10325 Highway 12, Black River, Wisconsin 54615

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Annual Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Newport SP

Experience winter beauty at Newport State Park! Ski, hike or snowshoe a 1.2-mile wooded trail lit with glowing candlelight. The trail starts at the Picnic Area parking lot (Lot #3). At the end of the lit trail, participants will find the shelter building complete with an outdoor bonfire, fireplace to warm up by, and refreshments. Grills will be available for anyone who wishes to bring along the makings for a picnic supper or marshmallow roast. The event is free, but a Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker is required. This event will still be held as a hike/snowshoe if there is not enough snow for skiing.  

 


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Newport SP information

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.


Mailing Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Candlelight Ski

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Lake Kegonsa SP

Enjoy 2 miles of groomed ski trails lit with hundreds of glowing luminaries. When you are finished, warm up by the bonfire and enjoy hot cocoa and baked goods sold by the Friends of Lake Kegonsa State Park. This event is a ski only. Hiking, pets and snowshoeing are not permitted on groomed cross-country ski trails. This event is weather dependent.

 


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Lake Kegonsa SP information

Lake Kegonsa State Park offers a natural, peaceful setting beside a glacier-hewed lake. The lake offers swimming, fishing, water-skiing, sailing and motor boating. The lake covers 3,209 acres and is more than 30 feet deep. Park visitors enjoy the lake's excellent fishing. Prairie, forest and marsh habitats offer a variety of camping, hiking, picnicking and skiing opportunities.


Mailing Address: 2405 Door Creek Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Willow River Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Willow River SP

Please come join the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks as they host a Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, and Hike event. Both hiking and ski trails will be illuminated totaling over 2 miles of trail. There will be two bonfires and refreshments will be available. Please do not bring pets and regular park admission does apply. Contact the park with any questions.

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Willow River SP information

With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson, and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.


Mailing Address: 1034 County Highway A, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Gov. Thompson Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Thompson SP

Join us for an evening of candlelit recreation! The park and trails will be lit by more than 800 candle luminaries and accented with ice sculptures. Skiers can take an easy 1-mile loop candlelit trail groomed for both classic (diagonal striding) and skate skiing as it weaves through the woods. Non-skiers are welcome to hike another 1-mile candlelit trail with scenic views over Woods Lake. Hikers, snowshoers and pets are not allowed on the ski trail, but are welcome on the hiking trail. Warming fires and hot chocolate will be available for everyone in the Woods Lake Shelter. Vehicle admission (park sticker) is required and can be purchased at the park office the day of the event. Trails start at the Woods Lake Picnic Area off of Paust Lane, 1.5 miles west of Parkway Road off Ranch Rd. 

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Governor Thompson SP information

Governor Thompson State Park was established in 2000, the Wisconsin State Park System's centennial year. With more than 2,800 acres of woods, a family campground, picnic area on Woods Lake, skiing and hiking trails, and six miles of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Flowage, visitors will find an atmosphere that is perfect for solitude, reflection, and recreation.


Mailing Address: N10008 Paust Lane, Crivitz, Wisconsin 54114

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Cold temperatures prevented us from hosting our annual Candlelight Event in January, hopefully this time around warmer weather prevails! Come out and ski, hike or snowshoe by candlelight around Hartman Creek State Park! Start at the shelter by Hartman Lake, where fires and snacks will be waiting, and then continue around the lake and woods. We have approximately 2 miles of hiking trails illuminated and 1 mile of ski trails. A vehicle admission sticker is required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park.

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Hartman Creek SP information

This 1,500-acre quiet and friendly natural gem is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O'Lakes. Camping, recreation opportunities, the Hellstad House Log Cabin, Whispering Pines day use area, and seven lakes with crystal clear waters make Hartman Creek a popular destination in central Wisconsin.


Mailing Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd., Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981-9727

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Leap Day Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Council Grounds SP

Save the Date! Council Grounds will be holding a candlelight snowshoe and hike from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 (Leap Day). More details to come.


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Council Grounds SP information

Native American encampments once occupied the site of Council Grounds State Park. Located along the Wisconsin River and Lake Alexander, this park is a favorite for water enthusiasts. This 508-acre park also offers camping, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.


Mailing Address: N1895 Council Grounds Dr, Merrill, Wisconsin 54452

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance. Some events, such as candlelight skis/hikes are very popular, and access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached.

Last revised: Friday, June 07, 2019