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Candlelight skiing at Cheboygan State Park

Sat, Feb  2, 2008 - By DNR

Cheboygan State Park will hold a "GO-Get Outdoors" candlelight cross-country ski evening on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Beginning at the park trailhead off Suffern Road, skiers will find approximately 1.5 miles of groomed and track-set trails lit by luminarias approximately every 50 feet.

"Skiing through the woods aglow by candlelight is a wonderful experience," said Park Supervisor Paul Koszegi.

Visitors can enjoy a bonfire at the trailhead before they start out, and then they will find another bonfire, snacks and hot chocolate at the 14 Foot Shoals Cabin, located at the halfway point on the trail. Snowshoers also are welcome, but are asked to keep to one side of the groomed ski tracks.

The park is open throughout the winter for skiing. The candlelight skiing event will be held weather permitting, and interested participants should call ahead to confirm there is adequate snowfall for this event.

Cheboygan State Park also offers several rustic cabins for winter lodging. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 447-2757 or online at www.midnrreservations.com. Cheboygan State Park is located at 4490 Beach Road, just two miles southeast of Cheboygan on US-23.

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park headquarters or at the trail head. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.

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