Candlelight snowshoe and hike event planned for Feb. 4 at Lake Carlos State Park

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Hikers and snowshoers of all ages and abilities will get a chance to traverse Lake Carlos State Park by candle and starlight in February.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host the event at Lake Carlos State Park from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

A 1.5-mile trail that starts at the beach parking lot is suitable for beginner-level snowshoers and hikers of all ages. The event loop trail leads through the tamarack wetland where lanterns guide the way. Participants are welcome to bring their own snowshoes to, use or snowshoes will be available for rent at the park office on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The evening wraps up with a cup of hot apple cider, cookies and roasted marshmallows near a crackling bonfire at the Lakeview warming shelter.

For weather-related event updates, call 320-852-7200 or check visitor alerts at


Park permits are required to enter. They can be purchased at the park, or ahead of time at , log in or create an account, then click on “vehicle permit.” One-day passes cost $7 while annual cost $35.

For more information, email or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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