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Winter Naturalist Programs Offered at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Silver City in Ontonagon County, is offering cross-country skiing by lantern light again this winter.

"This place is incredible in the winter," said Park Interpreter Bob Wild. "What better way to see the park and experience winter, than by participating in one of these naturalist-lead programs."

Lantern Light Cross-Country Skiing: Jan. 23 and 30 from 6-9 p.m. EST; also Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30-9 p.m. Old-fashioned kerosene lanterns illuminate the trail during this night ski. Lanterns are placed along the entire one-mile loop for a unique and memorable skiing experience. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter where the park naturalist will have a campfire going. This trail has an "easy" difficulty rating; however, skiing at night is always a challenge.

A guided snow shoe hike will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 13. Snow shoes will be provided if needed on these 1.5 hour hikes.

These programs may be cancelled due to weather. To inquire about cancellations call 906-885-5206.

For more information on winter recreation opportunities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, call 906-885-5275 or visit www.michigan.gov/porkies.

All motor vehicles entering a Michigan State Park or Recreation Area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.

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