Candlelight event at Lake Carlos State Park Jan. 19

Drop by anytime between 6-9 p.m. for what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says is an unforgettable experience of walking, snowshoeing or skiing with stars twinkling overhead and candles flickering in the snow.

The skiing starts at the boat access/lower campground area and the snowshoe trail starts at the beach. The warming shelter in Lakeview Group Camp makes for a convenient stopping point for both skiers and snowshoers. Enjoy a steaming cup of cider and cookies near a crackling fire before heading back on the trails.

Snowshoes can be rented at the park that night on a first-come, first-serve rental. To save time, get vehicle permits in advance online at, since a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Permits will also be available at the park.

Those age 16 and older will also need the Great Minnesota Ski Pass if they plan to cross-country ski. The pass allows cross-country skiers age 16 or older to access miles of trails in state parks or forests or on grant-in-aid trails ( Passes can also be purchased at the park, but to save time, call 888-665-4236 or visit

Severe weather may cause this event to be changed or canceled. For updates, call 320-852-7200 or check the visitor alert online at

Ben Eckhoff, an area naturalist at Lake Carlos State Park, says they are always looking for volunteers to help with the set-up, lighting of luminaries, parking and picking up of the luminaries. Anyone who is interested in helping with a two-hour shift at the event is encouraged to contact him at Lake Carlos State Park at 320-852-7200, ext. 225.

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