Cross Country Skiing and snowshoeing Lake of the Woods
There is much to do when visiting Lake of the Woods. Fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and even Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Zippel Bay State Park has 12 miles of groomed trails that are maintained during the winter months. The trails wind through scenic areas of vast stands of pine, spruce and birch trees. Some slopping hills and curved routes are simple yet joyful enough for any skier new or seasoned.
On each full moon from the months of January-March, Friends of Zippel Bay host a free night of Moonlight Ski. Glowing luminaries mark the trails and skiers and snowshoers come after dusk to ski by moonlight and enjoy the pure beauty of the outdoors. Hot chocolate and refreshments are available in the warming lodge before or after your venture. Free rental equipment is available for anyone to use!
Cross country ski areas:
Baudette Franz Jevne State Park
5.6km 218-783-6252 (P, B) Groomed trails, unique rock outcrop near Rainy River. Secluded and peaceful.
MN ski pass required.
Williams Zippel Bay State Park
17.6km 218-783-6252 (P, B) 14.4km groomed trail ranging from beginner to intermediate near Lake of the Woods. Catch glimpses of timber wolves and deer. MN ski pass required.
Snowshoers don’t need trails, but just snow. There are a number of wilderness areas to explore around Lake of the Woods. For starters, think about Zippel Bay State Park, Beltrami Island State Forest and Pine Island State Forest.
The Lake of the Woods School also has a 2 mile snowshoe trail marked right off their parking lot. Beginners and families love to use this simple and easy to maneuver trail. Snowshoe rentals are available through the DNR. For more info and ski pass information go to www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/cross-country-skiing-lake-woods/