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Enjoy A Candlelight Ski An Area State Parks - February, 2016

Don't miss the amazing Candlelight Night at Interstate Park, in St. Croix Falls, WI on February 13, 2016!  Photo taken at the 2011 event.
Here in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley, we are fortunate to have endless acres of amazing National, State, and County, and Municipal park lands, with literally thousands of miles of amazing trails available for public use!  Many of our State Parks have world class cross country ski and/or snowshoe trails as well.  Once every year, some of these State Parks roll out the carpet (actually groom up the snow carpet), and light the way with beautiful candle luminaries for xc skiers and snowshoers!

Following is the list of candle light ski/snowshoe events at the State Parks along the St. Croix River Valley.  Note that there are many other candlelight events in Minnesota State Parks.  To view the full schedule and details on each event in Minnesota, click HERE.  To veiw the full schedule and details on each event in Wisconsin, click HERE.  

2/13/16:  St. Croix State Park
2/6/16:    Afton State Park (Hike and snowshoe only, NOT SKI).
2/13/16:  Interstate WI State Park 
2/13/16:  Gateway State Trail
2/13/16:  St. Croix State Park
2/13/16:  Willow River WI State Park
2/13/16:  Wild River State Park  

Here is a video I took while skiing the 2011 WI Interstate Park Candlelight ski, a magical evening on skis!

Following is the specific information on the Wisconsin Interstate Park event:

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Night event, Outdoor activityLocation: WI Interstate SP
Experience a winter evening by candlelight as hundreds of candles are lit to guide skiers, snowshoers and hikers on separate trails. If snow cover permits, cross country ski or snowshoe. Both trails begin at the Ice Age Center. There will be hiking opportunities no matter the snow conditions. Beginning at the Camp Interstate Shelter, hikers can enjoy a candlelit walk beside the St. Croix River. There will be warming fires at the trailheads. At the Ice Age Center enjoy food and refreshments served by the Friends of Interstate Park.
Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.
This is an event you won’t want to miss!  Mark your calendar today and plan to attend Candlelight Night at the Park on Saturday, February 8.

Interstate Park is located in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, on Hwy 35 just 1/2 mile south of Hwy 8.  The event is free of charge, but a Wisconsin State park sticker is required to enter the park.  Annual passes for 2014 are $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for non-residents.  Daily passes are $7 for residents or $10 for non-residents.  For more information about the event call 715-483-3747.

Separate trails are lit for skiers and snowshoers.  Bring out the family for an evening of Winter fun!

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