Ludington State Park offers “Lantern Lit Ski and Snowshoeing Event” on selected Saturdays in January and February
Ludington State Park in Mason County is offering free Saturday “Lantern Lit Ski and Snowshoeing Event” in January and February, weather permitting. This event will be offered each of the designate Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can bring their cross country skis and / or snowshoes out to ski or walk a lighted groomed trail through Ludington State Park’s snow-covered forested sand dunes.
The lighted trail starts out from the Warming Shelter located next to the parking lot at the end of State Highway M-116. The park has some snowshoes to loan out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park has no cross country skis to loan out. Reservations are not required.
Park staff will be on hand to help visitors get started. Participants are advised to dress warm. Along the trail park staff will be attending a warming fire with free hot beverages for participants. They will also be there to answer any questions about the park.
Ludington State Park, also, offers several miles of groomed cross country ski trails for beginners through expert. The park offers winter camping and heated mini cabins are available for rent. The Park offers free “Free Guided Snowshoe Walks,” 3 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. in January and February. Come out and enjoy the natural winter beauty this park offers.
Look for announcements of the dates on the Friends of Ludington State Park Facebook page.
Ludington State Park is located at 8800 W. M-116 in Ludington. For details, call 231-843-9261.
Snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski events are taking place this winter at many state parks across Michigan. To learn more, visit. www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors. For information about Ludington State Park, visit www.michigan.gov/ludington.
This series of hikes is free; however A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas. Check “YES” when you renew your license plate. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.