Blue Mounds State Park–Friends Shelter*

Contact(s): Blue Mound State Park at 608-437-5711

BLUE MOUNDS, Wis. – The public is invited to spend a night with family and friends, and join the Friends of Blue Mound State Park in opening a new “Friends Shelter” warming house during a candlelight ski, hike, and snowshoe event at the park on Saturday, Jan. 5.

People will be able to ski the candlelit wooded loops of 1 or 2 miles. A separate three-quarter mile candlelight trail for hikers, snowshoers, and leashed pets will be available. The event runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Participants can then warm up with free hot drinks inside the heated Friends Shelter, and enjoy some hot food, baked goods and commemorative shirts for sale. Outside, there will be a bonfire and free marshmallows for roasting.

Guided hikes through the illuminated woods with Naturalist Al Swain will be held at 6 and 7 p.m. Members of the Nordic Ski patrol will be on hand to assist skiers. The only cost for this fun filled family event is a daily or annual park sticker, which may be purchased upon entry to the park.

The Friends of Blue Mound State Park raised $500,000 for construction of the shelter, primarily through sponsorship of the Horribly Hilly Hundreds bike ride, which has been held over the past 10 years, and also through grants from the state Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the Courtier Foundation and the Chris Funk Memorial Fund and direct donations to the friends group. Groundbreaking on the shelter began in July and the shelter will be mostly completed in time for the candlelight event.

The Friends of Blue Mound State Park will continue fundraising to outfit the indoor and outdoor needs of the building. Chairs, tables, patio, etc. are all part of making the structure meet its goal of being a family friendly space. The group hopes to raise an additional $30,000 to complete all aspects of the project.

For more information about the Friends of Blue Mound State Park visit their website at For more information about Blue Mound State Park, search the DNR website for keyword “Blue Mound,” or call Blue Mound State Park at 608-437-5711.

*News Release Published: December 27, 2012 by the South Central Region