Ski Trail Open Houses
Every Sunday in January and February, the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club will host an Open House at the Soaring Eagle Ski Trails from 1 to 4 p.m. The club has ski equipment to introduce you to the great Northwest winter outdoors. Hot cocoa and volunteers will be on hand to help you with the equipment. Soaring Eagle Ski Trails are located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71 across from Eagle View Golf Course. Free use of ski equipment; a MN DNR trails pass is required. For more information, go to http://itascatur.org/ski.shtml.
Get Outside and Snowshoe
Have you ever wanted to find a fun, winter activity that will get you outside? Enjoy the beauty of winter on snowshoes! A beginner's class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 23 at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom. Naturalists will teach the basics from different types of snowshoes to how to walk in snowshoes as well as great places to visit in Itasca State Park while wearing snowshoes. Dress warmly and include snow boots. Part of the program will be outside on the trail trying out your new skills. Call ahead at 218-699-7251 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or bring your own. The number of snowshoes available is limited. Outdoor portion of program is dependent on snowfall.
Park Rapids American Legion Ice Fishing Contest and Raffle
Tickets are on sale for the 18th Annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest on Fish Hook Lake from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 6. The contest offers more than $110,000 in prizes. Your $40 ticket gives you access to the ice fishing contest and the raffle. The ice fishing contest grand prize for the 18th largest fish of the day is an Ice Castle Fish House. This year's raffle grand prize is a new 4-wheel drive Ford pickup truck. Other raffle prizes, including $1,000 cash prizes, will be awarded. Polaris ATVs top the list of prizes in four of the five fishing contest divisions: bluegill and crappie; northern, walleye and largemouth bass; perch and rock bass. Cash prizes will be given in the white fish division. The awards presentation starts at 5 p.m. at the American Legion. In conjunction with the fishing contest, the American Legion also sponsors a Friday night Welcome Dance and Saturday night Fisherman's Ball. Tickets are available at the American Legion or call 218-732-3360. For the first time this year, there will be a ticket booth at the gates on the ice and it will be open until 1:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.parkrapidsamericanlegion.com or parkrapidsicecontest.com.
Old Time Ice Harvest
Discover the good old days of harvesting lake ice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 13, as we look back on 125 years of Itasca State Park’s history. Dress warmly as you come out on Lake Itasca from the Lake Itasca boat landing to see ice harvesters’ use tools of the ice cutting trade. Watch them create an opening in the ice with a single handled handsaw, then wait as they bounce the ice blocks out of the water onto the slippery edge. NOTES: This Old Time Ice Harvest demonstration will take place on Lake Itasca if ice conditions permit. Parking is available at the Lake Itasca boat landing. This event presented by Itasca State Park and the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers. Dress for being outdoors including boots, hats, gloves, coats and insulated snow pants.
Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event
Come out and ski or snowshoe by the light of the moon and the kerosene lanterns along the trail from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 20. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. The trail follows the Many Lakes Road (south entrance). Classic ski, skate ski or snowshoe at your own pace along the lantern lit route during this drop-in program. For added fun, bring along your s'mores fixings or hot dogs for cooking at the campfire or stop in and warm up at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. NOTES: Program is held outdoors. Dress warmly for outdoor winter conditions. If snow conditions are poor, the event will become a snow boot walk.
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January 30-31 Heartland 106 Snowmobile Race on Fish Hook Lake
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