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Lantern-Lit Cross Country Skiing at Porcupine

Thu, Dec  13, 2007 - By MDNR

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Silver City in Ontonagon County, is offering cross-country skiing by lantern light again this winter, said Department of Natural Resources officials.

"The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is incredible in the inter," said Park Interpreter Robert Wild. "What better way to see the park and experience winter, than by participating in one of these naturalist-led programs." Lantern light cross country skiing will take place at the park from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time on

  • Thursday, Dec. 27;
  • Saturday, Dec. 29; and
  • every Saturday in January.

On Saturdays in February,

  • the event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

Old-fashioned kerosene lanterns illuminate the trail during this night ski on a one-mile loop. There is a warming shelter about halfway on the loop where the park naturalist will have a campfire going. This trail is an "easy" difficulty rating; however, skiing at night is always a challenge.

These programs may be cancelled due to weather. For more information or to call ahead to see if there*s been a cancellation, please call 906-885-5206. Callers can also get more information about the park and other winter recreation opportunities. Information also is available at www.mi.gov/porkies .

All motor vehicles entering a Michigan State Park or Recreation Area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance. Permits cost $6 for a daily and $24 for an annual for Michigan residents. Out-of-state permits are $8 for a daily and $29 for an annual.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state*s natural resources for current and future generations.