Tricounty News

Valentine's Candlelight Snowshoe/Volksmarch

Lake Maria State Park's annual Candlelight Snowshoe/Volksmarch will beÊheld from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, sponsored by the NorthStar TrailÊTravelers and the Friends of Lake Maria. Get your sweetie, come and try out the sport of snowshoeing and visit this great state park. Bring your own snowshoes or sign out a pair from the park. Two different routes have been set up for you to try: a two-kilometer loop and a one-kilometer loop near the Trail Center in case you're not sure of how far you can walk.

Registration opens at 3 p.m. at the Trail Center and you must finish by 9 p.m. The cost is $2 including snowshoe rental, or $8 if you would like the leather snowshoeing rabbit pin specially made for this event.

The events are open to the public and we encourage families to bring everyone, the children, the grandparents, friends, neighbors and pets, and come out and join us. The events are not races and you can take however much time you need as long as you're back by the finish time.

In addition, there will be a lighted skating rink and a supervised bonfire next to the nature center. The Friends of Lake Maria will provide free hot cider andÊcoffee. Sandwiches and snacks may be purchased from the NorthStar Trail Travelers.

"This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors on a casual walk or snowshoe hike on a wooded trail for fun and fitness," says Park Manager Mark Crawford.

There is a $5 park vehicle entry fee for those without an annual permit. However, annual permits for all state parks may be purchased at the Lake Maria office for $25. Lake Maria State Park is located approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, 10 miles northeast of Annandale or five miles north of Maple Lake on Wright County Highway 111.