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Candlelight winter activities planned

Two candlelight ski, snowshoe and hiking events are scheduled to take place at Lake Carlos State Park this winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The events are planned for Saturdays, January 19 and February 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The family-friendly events are typically held on short and flat candlelit trails and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Participants will find refreshments and a warm fire after exploring trails.

A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks ($5 for one-day permit or $25 for year-round permit). There is no additional charge to participate in the candlelight events.

Families can rent or check out equipment at some parks. Rental cost is typically $6 per person per day for snowshoes or $10 per person per day for cross-country skis, boots and poles. The DNR advises calling in advance to confirm availability and to reserve equipment.

Families are also encouraged to visit the Winter Activities Guide page at www.mndnr.gov/winterguide for other ideas on what to do at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter, including where to go for the best winter hiking, wildlife watching and sledding.

The Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($6 daily, $20 for single season, $55 for three seasons) allows skiers age 16 or older to access trails in state parks or forests.

Skiers age 15 or younger can access trails for free. Those who don't already have a Minnesota state parks vehicle permit can purchase one at any of the parks.

For more information, call (651) 296-6157 or 1-888-646-6367, e-mail info.dnr@state.mn.us or visit www.mndnr.gov.

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