State Parks by Candlelight

Enjoy an evening hike, snowshoe, or ski along a trail lit by the flickering flames of298900_501694499870633_1004548074_n candles or tiki torches. Spend an evening with family and friends, XC-Skiing, snowshoeing, or just plain walking along candlelit trails at one of your favorite Wisconsin State Parks. There is nothing more magical than a forest full of flickering lights.
Most events are free of charge, but a state park vehicle admission sticker is required unless stated otherwise. Events and times may change due to weather and other factors beyond our control; please call ahead. Check at the park office for additional events not listed. See the DNR website for all of the events.
Events held throughout the winter include additional activities, such as bonfires and hot chocolate and other refreshments for sale. Some events offer grills for cooking food or roasting marshmallows. Many of the events are organized by friends groups for the parks, which provide the much of the volunteer labor for the events.
207813_501694533203963_1964803116_n“Candlelight events have become some of the most popular winter activities at Wisconsin state park properties. An estimated 1,500 people turned out for a candlelight event at Blue Mound State Park last February, the largest turnout ever at the park. About 900 people turned out for a candlelight ski and hike at the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and more than 800 turned out for an event at Willow River State Park. The Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area and Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, which does not have cross-country ski trails, attracted 215 visitors for a candlelight snowshoe hike.” Says the DNR Website.
The Friends of Mirror Lake recently sponsored a candle-lit event on January 2, 2013. Bonfires were roaring and food and beverages were for sale as a fundraiser for the park.