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Ludington State Park offers guided snowshoe walks

Mon, Jan  17, 2005 - By Alan Wernette

Ludington State Park offers guided snowshoe walks

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Ludington State Park is offering guided snowshoe walks through the park's wooded snow-covered sand dunes each Wednesday and Saturday through Feb. 19.

The Wednesday hikes begin at 1 p.m., and participants have a choice of times on Saturday, either at 3 p.m. or a moonlight walk starting at 7 p.m. The 90-minute walks begin and end at the trail shelter building next to the front entrance parking lot. Warm beverages will be available at the shelter following the hike.

"Everyone is invited to come out and see for themselves why snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing winter activities," said park interpreter Alan Wernette. "It's easy and fun!"

Persons who have snowshoes should just show up, no reservations needed. Be sure to dress warmly and don't forget a flashlight if you are planning to attend an evening walk. The park has a limited number of snowshoes that are available for those who might not have a pair. The snowshoes fit adults with size-3 shoes and higher. To reserve a pair, call the park office at 231-843-2423, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry. Permits are $6 for the day or $24 for a resident annual permit, which is valid at any state park.

Alan Wernette, 231-843-9261