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Fun in the Snow: Cross Country and Snow Shoes

cross-countryBy Oshkosh Scene Staff

For winter outdoor enthusiasts (including most young kids and normal-sized dogs), snow is what makes winter exceptional and fun. While your backyard may be a fun spot for the construction of snowmen and ice fortresses, many nearby parks offer great opportunities for enjoyment in the snow.

The Coughlin Nature Area features 35 acres of prairie wildlife habitat including a walking trail that becomes an ideal snowshoe hiking terrain once the snow falls. Located at 625 E County Road Y just north of town, this area is an excellent place to get outdoors for a little peaceful exercise.
Just next door to the Coughlin Nature Area is the Winnebago County Park, which features over 4 miles of groomed cross county ski trails. The County Park also holds the area’s only dog park, which ensures some snow fun for your four-legged beast.

Some folks try out Lake Winnebago and Menominee Park for some neighborhood cross-country skiing, and certain snow conditions make this a great option. A few loops around Menominee Park on the skis are certain to give you a great workout.

Another area that has been known to host a few cross county skiers is Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, with a beautiful and largely untouched winter setting that is ideal for skiing. These are two areas where the city can take action to improve the quality of life and entertainment options for our city by formally establishing these activities.

dog-parkThe Wioswash trail becomes a beautiful venue for cross county ski treks once the snow arrives, ideal for longer sessions that take advantage of the over 20-mile trek between Oshkosh and Hortonville. The abandoned railroad corridor includes lakeside views, bridge crossings, beautiful countryside, and lots of room for exercise.

While Oshkosh is very flat, the city does have two popular sledding spots for kids in Westhaven Circle Park and Red Arrow Park. However, if you’re in the spirit for some fast downhill action, whether it be downhill skiing, tubing, or snowboarding, Nordic Mountain is your nearby destination. Located at W5806 Cty Rd W in Wild Rose, Nordic opens whether it has snowed or not, as they produce their own snow. They offer lessons, equipment rental, lodging and dining (http://nordicmountain.com).

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