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Make snowshoes at Lake Carlos State Park

A participant in a past snowshoe class at Lake Carlos State Park learned how to string laces on a snowshoe frame. (Echo Press photo by Raeshel Betterman)

People can get ready to enjoy the snow this winter by making snowshoes at a two-day workshop at Lake Carlos State Park on October 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Workshop presenters will teach participants how to string laces on prebuilt wooden snowshoe frames and then demonstrate how to walk in the snowshoes.

"For $75 and a few hours, participants can make and take home a pair of traditional Ojibwe-style (pointed-end) snowshoes," said Ryan Sansness, assistant park manager. "The snowshoes will not only provide a great way to explore Minnesota's winter wilderness but will give participants the added satisfaction of knowing they made them."

The $75 registration fee includes a snowshoe kit and materials. Bindings are not included in the kit, but park staff will demonstrate how to make rubber bindings. Participants should bring their own lunch.

The workshop will be held in the park visitor center. A vehicle permit, available at the park office ($5 for one day or $25 for 12 months) is required.

Class size is limited to 20 people. Registration is required by September 25 to ensure the appropriate quantities and sizes of snowshoe kits are available for the workshop.

To register, call the park at (320) 852-7200.