Savoring the last weeks of winter

We’re entering the tail end of one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory. For many, the end won’t come soon enough. But for some die-hard Minnesotans, it’s time to cram in as much outdoor fun as possible before winter melts into spring and the skis, sleds and skates get shelved until next year. Here’s a guide to help Southwest winter lovers make the most of their beloved season before it’s over.


Cross-country Skiing

Where: Theodore Wirth Park

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m.,
Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.,
Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: $6 for a day pass, $10 rental package of boots, poles and skis

Contact: Call 763-522-4584 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org (you can purchase passes online or visit the chalet)

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Where: Gross National Golf Club, 2201 St. Anthony Blvd.

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: $6 for a day pass, $10 rental package of boots, poles and skis (must be rented at Columbia Golf Course)

Contact: Call 789-2542 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org (you can purchase passes online or visit the chalet)

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Where: Hiawatha Golf Course

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: $6 for a day pass, no rentals available

Contact: Call 724-7715 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org (you can purchase passes online, at the Theodore Wirth Chalet, or at the golf course)

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Where: Columbia Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: $6 for a daily pass, $8.50 rental package of boots, poles, and skis

Contact: Call 789-2627 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org (you can purchase passes online, at the Theodore Wirth Chalet, or at the golf course)

Snowshoeing

Where: Theodore Wirth Park

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: Snowshoe rentals $7.50

Contact: Call 763-522-4584, tickets are available at the Theodore Wirth Chalet


Ice Fishing

What: Walleye, northern pike

Where: Lake of the Isles, 2500 E. Lake of the Isles Pkwy.

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 230-6400 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org or www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind

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What: Walleye, northern pike, crappies)

Where: Lake Harriet, 43rd St. W. and E. Lake Harriet Pkwy.

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 230-6475 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org or www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind

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What: Walleye, northern pike, crappies)

Where: Lake Calhoun, 3000 Calhoun Pkwy.

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 230-6400 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org or www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind

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What: Walleye, northern pike)

Where: Cedar Lake, Cedar Lake Pkwy. and Basswood Rd,

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 230-6400 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org or www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind

Sledding

Where: Columbia Golf Course

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (park open 6 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Cost: $5 for inner tube rental

Contact: Call 724-7715 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org

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Where: Theodore Wirth Park Sledding Hill, 1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy.

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (park open 6 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Cost: $6 for inner tube rental

Contact: Call 763-522-4584 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org

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Where: Theodore Wirth Park Tubing Hill, 1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy.

When: Mon.–Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (park open 6 a.m.–10 p.m.)

Cost: $12 adults, $8 children 17 and under (includes tube)

Contact: Call 763-522-4584 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org

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Where: Beard’s Plaisance Park, 4525 Upton Ave. S.

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 230-6400 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org

 

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Where: Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave. S.

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 370-4963 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org

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Where: Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center, 3900 Bryant Ave. S.

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 370-4948 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org

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Where: Kenwood Park, 2101 Franklin Ave. W.

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: free

Contact: Call 370-4941 or visit www.minneapolisparks.org

Winter Running

Where: Chain of Lakes plowed paths

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Contact: www.minneapolisparks.org

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Where: Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, Mississippi (East and West River Parkways)

When: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Contact: www.minneapolisparks.org