Snowshoeing

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Discover the fun of snowshoeing with candlelight hikes, moonlight walks, and GPS hikes at many of Minnesota's state parks. Check out a program near you or find a park with snowshoe rentals and start exploring!

Try one of the many candlelight ski events this winter, and remember to check the snow conditions before you head out.

State parks with snowshoe rentals

Which snowshoes?

You can rent snowshoes at many parks and outdoor suppliers. There are a lot of snowshoe styles, so whether you rent or buy, ask for help in choosing the right size and style. The taller and heavier you are, the bigger the snowshoes you'll need. For deep, light snow, larger snowshoes work best. On hard-packed snow, smaller ones will do.

*At Wild River State Park, snowshoes are available for rental from a private concessionaire located at the park's Trail Center. Rental concession hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For rental rates or to reserve equipment, call Wild River Ski Rental at 651-257-0685.


Events

12/18/14

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail Thursday Morning Walk Series

12/20/14

Whitewater State Park

Winter Owl Prowl

12/20/14

Wild River State Park

Snowshoe Along the St. Croix

12/20/14

Afton State Park

Program Series: "Discover Winter" Snowshoe Hike

12/20/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Snowshoes for Beginners

12/21/14

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Winter Solstice Celebration and Snowshoe

12/27/14

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters - Snowshoe Hike

12/27/14

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Naturalist Hike

12/31/14

Lake Carlos State Park

New Year's Eve Candlelight Event

01/01/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Celebrate 100 Years! - First Day Snowshoe Hike

01/01/15

Lake Carlos State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

First Day Snowshoe

01/01/15

Tettegouche State Park

First Day Hike

01/03/15

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/03/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Full Wolf Moon Snowshoe Hike

01/03/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski Tour/Snowshoe Walk

01/03/15

Hemlock Ravine SNA

Hemlock Ravine SNA - Snowshoe Exploration

01/03/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Geocaching 101

01/04/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Cold Moon Snowshoe Along Lake Superior

01/10/15

Wild River State Park

Snowshoe Along the St. Croix

01/10/15

Afton State Park

Program Series: "Discover Winter" Snowshoe Hike

01/10/15 - 01/11/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Snowshoe Lacing Workshop

01/10/15

Lake Maria State Park

Snowshoe Hike

01/10/15

Glendalough State Park

Snowshoe Along the Creek

01/10/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

01/10/15

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Snowshoeing for Beginners

01/10/15

St. Croix State Park

Candlelight Event

01/10/15

Tettegouche State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe

01/11/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Women's Snowshoeing 101

01/11/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Snowshoeing 101

01/15/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Snowshoeing For Fun

01/16/15

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

History Mystery Outdoor Challenge

01/17/15

Flandrau State Park

Historic Building Snowshoe Hike

01/17/15

Minneopa State Park

Snowshoe Adventure Hike

01/17/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Celebrate 100 Years! - Geocaching on Snowshoes

01/17/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe

01/22/15

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail Thursday Morning Walk Series

01/24/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

The Bog in Winter

01/24/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters - Snowshoe Hike

01/24/15

Lake Maria State Park

Winter Fun Day

01/24/15

Itasca State Park

Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

01/24/15

Banning State Park

Candlelight Event

01/29/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Snowshoeing For Fun

01/31/15

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/31/15

Buffalo River State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/31/15

Minneopa State Park

Winter Fest

01/31/15

Fort Ridgely State Park

Animal Track Snowshoe Hike

01/31/15

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/31/15

Frontenac State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

01/31/15

Whitewater State Park

CCC Tour by Snowshoe

01/31/15 - 02/01/15

Tettegouche State Park

Snowshoe Lacing Workshop

02/01/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

02/03/15

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Cold Full Mooon Snowshoe Along Lake Superior

02/06/15

Lake Vermilion State Park

Full Moon Snowshoe Night Hike

02/07/15

Franz Jevne State Park

Rainy River Snowshoe

02/07/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/07/15

Afton State Park

Afton Candlelight Walk and Snowshoe

02/07/15

Buffalo River State Park

Candle Light Ski and Snowshoe

02/07/15

Flandrau State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

02/07/15

Minneopa State Park

Snowshoe Hike

02/07/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Winter Encounters - Snowshoe Hike

02/07/15

Lake Maria State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe/Walk

02/07/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

02/07/15

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Snowshoe 101

02/07/15

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

02/07/15

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Snowshoeing into the Past

02/07/15

St. Croix State Park

Winter Animal Tracking

02/08/15

Afton State Park

Program Series: "Discover Winter" Snowshoe Hike

02/10/15

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: S is for Snowshoe Hare

02/12/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Snowshoeing For Fun

02/14/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/14/15

Wild River State Park

23rd Annual Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe/Walk Event

02/14/15

Rice Lake State Park

Candlelight Ski / Hike / Snowshoe

02/14/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Celebrate 100 Years! - Candlight Ski & Snowshoe Event

02/14/15

Big Bog State Park

Snowshoe Adventure

02/16/15

Fort Snelling State Park

School Release Day: Snowshoeing

02/19/15

Gateway State Trail

Gateway State Trail Thursday Morning Walk Series

02/20/15

Lake Vermilion State Park

New Moon Snowshoe Night Hike

02/21/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/21/15

Wild River State Park

Snowshoe Along the St. Croix

02/21/15

Fort Ridgely State Park

Historic Building Snowshoe Hike

02/21/15

Minneopa State Park

Five Senses Snowshoe Hike

02/21/15

Lac Qui Parle State Park

Snowshoe Lacing Workshop

02/21/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Winter Camping, Bucket List Check Off

02/21/15

Glacial Lakes State Park

Candlelight Snowshoe

02/21/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

02/21/15

Maplewood State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/21/15

Itasca State Park

Lantern Lit Snowshoe Hike on the Schoolcraft Trail

02/21/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Snowshoe 101

02/21/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Snowshoe 101

02/21/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe and Hike

02/21/15

Tettegouche State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe

02/21/15

Hemlock Ravine SNA

Hemlock Ravine SNA - Snowshoe Exploration

02/26/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Snowshoeing For Fun

02/28/15

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/28/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/28/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski Tour/Snowshoe Walk

02/28/15

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

03/07/15

Glacial Lakes State Park

Snowshoe to the Peak

03/14/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

The Bog in Winter

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Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.