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Custer State Park Offers Snowshoe Outings

1/16/2006
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CUSTER STATE PARK, SD – Custer State Park is ready for snowy conditions, making snowshoe hikes possible during the mid- to late winter season. The park is offering three guided snowshoe hikes during the winter season, the first of which will take place on Jan. 28. “Snowshoeing is an excellent recreational activity during the winter,” said Bradley Block, chief of interpretation for the park. “It offers physical fitness, while exposing participants to the beauty of the winter scenery.” The first hike will take participants in the Sylvan Lake Day-Use Area. Participants need to meet at 1 p.m. at the Sylvan Lake General Store parking lot, located along Hwy 87 (Needles Highway). The hike is geared toward beginners, allowing participants the opportunity to try the recreational event and explore some of the park’s most beautiful winter scenery. Equipment will be provided by the park, but due to limited supplies and snowshoe sizes, pre-registration is required. To register, call the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center at (605) 255-4464. There is no cost for the hike, although all vehicles require a park entrance license. Temporary passes are available for $2.50 per person or $6 per vehicle. Both the 2005 and 2006 annual entrance licenses are also valid. Participants should be sure to dress according to the weather. Block describes snowshoeing as hiking on top of the snow without falling into the drifts. The snowshoes disperse a person’s weight over a larger area, making it easier for walking during winter-like conditions. The park is anticipating snow, but if there isn’t enough to snowshoe, a hike will be held. Future snowshoe hikes will be held on Feb. 18 and March 11, and will allow participants to explore the Stockade Lake Nature Trailand the Lover’s Leap Trail, respectively. Each hike begins at 1:00 p.m. and participants can pre-register and get more information by calling the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center at (605) 255-4464. For more information on Custer State Park, visit www.CusterStatePark.info or call (605) 255-4515.