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It's time to hit the trails!: Laurentian Lakes NCTA chapter to host 10th Winter Trails Day Jan. 13

Callaway's Maplelag REsort boasts both snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails, which makes it an ideal setting for the Laurentian Lakes Chapter's Winter Trails Day, to take place on Saturday, Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)1 / 3
The silent auction held during the Laurentian Lakes Chapter's annual Winter Trails Day raises funds to help the chapter with maintaining its portion of the North Country Trail. (Submitted photo)2 / 3
In addition to a plethora of outdoor activities, the Laurentian Lakes Chapter's annual Winter Trails Day also includes a speaker, silent auction, catered dinner and the chapter's annual business meeting. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

For the past decade, the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association has been hosting its annual Winter Trails Day festivities at Callaway's Maplelag Resort every January — and 2018 is no exception.

"The Laurentian Lakes Chapter was organized in 2007 and held its first Winter Trails Day on Jan. 12, 2008," says Chapter President Barbara Jauquet-Kalinoski. "This will be the 10th anniversary of Winter Trails Day at Maplelag, almost to the day!" The 2018 celebration is set for Saturday, Jan. 13, and will include a catered dinner (reservations required), silent auction and a special presentation on "Becker County's Wetlands" by Lowell Deede as well as the chapter's annual meeting — along with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities in the afternoon.

"The day includes group skiing and snowshoeing starting at 1 p.m., though people can certainly venture out on their own anytime," says Jauquet-Kalinoski. "Time can also be spent in the lodge, where people can visit, play games or read by the open fire.

"The annual business meeting is at 4 p.m., followed by the program featuring Lowell Deede at 5 p.m., final bids on the silent auction at 5:45 and the dinner at 6:30 p.m.," she added. "Activities are suitable for all ages, and people are certainly welcome to bring their children, but it can get to be a long day for them, so we tend to get mostly adults." Cost is $25 per person for a skiing day pass and dinner reservation. A snowshoeing pass is $4, or for those just planning to come for the dinner and indoor activities, it's $20 per person.

Advance reservations are needed for the dinner; please contact barbjauquet@gmail.com or call 218-688-2874 to RSVP. Those who are not planning to stay for the dinner "can just show up that day," added Jauquet-Kalinoski.

To get to Maplelag Resort from Detroit Lakes, head north on Richwood Road (County Road 21), turn right onto County Road 34 and then left onto County Road 110 (the distance is about 20 miles). For those using GPS, the street address for the resort is 30501 Maplelag Road, Callaway. For more information about Maplelag's trails and other amenities, please visit www.maplelag.com.

About the Laurentian Lakes Chapter

The Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is named after the Laurentian Divide, and its trails follow the divide from the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to Long Lost Lake. The chapter is responsible for maintaining 72 miles of hiking trails from a point in the Itasca State Park to the Becker/Otter Tail county border near Frazee.

"Winter Trails Day brings together the membership of the chapter, who volunteer to plan, build and maintain these trails as well as those who simply love to use the trails," says Jauquet-Kalinoski. "We have about 60 members currently.

"The chapter plans group hikes throughout the year, along with flagship events such as the annual Winter Trails Day in January, National Trails Day in June and the Hiking Fest in August," she added.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454
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