No need for people to rent or buy snowshoes this winter when they can make their own during a two-day workshop Nov. 22-23, at Lake Carlos State Park. Workshop presenters will teach attendees how to string the laces on pre-built wooden snowshoe frames, then demonstrate how to use them.
Class size is limited to 20 people and advance registration is required so that the appropriate quantities and sizes of snowshoe kits may be ordered. Registration deadline is Oct. 24.
"For just $65 and a few hours time, you can make and take home your very own pair of traditional Ojibwe-style (pointed end) snowshoes," said Ryan Sansness, assistant park manager at Lake Carlos. "The snowshoes will not only give you the ability to explore Minnesota's winter wilderness, but you have the added satisfaction of knowing you made them yourself."
The $65 registration fee includes the snowshoe kit and materials. Lunch will not be provided, so attendees should bring a sack lunch.
The workshop will be in the visitor center on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 23. from noon to 4 p.m. To register, contact the park office at (320) 852-7200.
A state park vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available at the park office.
Lake Carlos State Park is located 10 miles north of Alexandria and 1.5 miles west on County Road 38.