(Alexandria MN) -- Minnesota state parks and trails will host more than 30 of its popular candlelight events again this winter, including one at Lake Carlos State Park on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Drop by any time between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for an unforgettable experience of snowshoeing or skiing with stars twinkling overhead and candles flickering in the snow.
“Candlelight brings out winter’s soft side,” said Erika Rivers, director of the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. “The flickering light against snow creates an unforgettable experience. An evening walk becomes so much more on a candle-lit trail aided by light from the moon and stars.”
The skiing starts at the boat access/lower campground area and the snowshoe trail starts at the beach. The warming shelter in Lakeview Group Camp makes for a convenient stopping point for both skiers and snowshoers. Enjoy a steaming cup of cider and cookies near a crackling fire before heading back on the trails.
Snowshoes can be rented at the park the night of the event. This will be a first come first serve rental.
Save time: Get vehicle permits in advance online
A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Although permits are available at the park, you can save time by getting one in advance. Visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations, log in (or create an account), click on “entry permit,” select a duration of “one-day” ($7) or “year-round” ($35), and continue as directed. You’ll receive an email with a permit that can be printed and displayed in your vehicle during your visit.
Those age 16 and older will also need the Great Minnesota Ski Pass if they plan to cross-country ski. The Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($6/daily, $20/one-season, $55/three-season) allows cross-country skiers age 16 or older to access miles of trails in state parks or forests or on grant-in-aid trails (www.mndnr.gov/skiing). Passes can be purchased at the park, but you can save time by getting them in advance; call 888-665-4236 or visit www.mndnr.gov/skipass.
Note that severe weather may cause this event to be changed or canceled. For updates, call 320-852-7200 or check the visitor alert online at www.mndnr.gov/lakecarlos.
Find more candlelight events in the online calendar
Other candlelight events will take place throughout the state in January and February, offering a variety of terrain and scenery. For the complete schedule—including dates, times and other details—visit www.mndnr.gov/candlelight.
For more information, email email@example.com or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.