Kathio schedules two winter events

skiingTwo winter events have been scheduled at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.

•Saturday, Jan. 12, 1-2:15 p.m. Snowshoeing for Beginners.

This activity is designed for families and individuals who are new to snowshoeing. Following an indoor look at different types of snowshoes, we will go outside for an introductory snowshoeing lesson and a snowshoe hike. Snowshoes are provided.

Registration is required and is limited to the first 25 people. To register, call the Kathio Interpretive Center at 320-532-3269 and leave your name, phone number and number of people attending. Meet at the park’s interpretive center.

•Saturday, Jan. 19, 1-4 p.m. Beginners Cross-Country Ski Lesson and Trail Tour.

Learn how to glide, pole, turn and handle hills; all the basic skills you will need to enjoy traditional cross-country skiing. Bring your own skis or rent the entire ski package ($10) at the Mille Lacs Kathio State Park office, before meeting at the park’s interpretive center.

After the lessons, join the ski instructors and the park naturalist for a ski tour on the park’s woodland trails. We will make brief stops to discuss the natural splendor of the winter woods, and our ski instructors will offer skiing tips along the way. Registration is required and is limited to the first 25 people. To register, call the Kathio Interpretive Center at 320-532-3269 and leave your name, phone number and number of people attending. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski on Minnesota State Park Trails.

The Snowshoeing for Beginners program and the Ski Lessons /Trail Tour are free of charge. A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota State Parks. Vehicle permits may be purchased at the park office. Cost is $5 for a daily permit, or $25 for an annual permit, which allows access to all Minnesota State Parks for one year from the date of purchase.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located 8 miles north of Onamia, 14 miles south of Garrison, on U.S. Highway 169.

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