Ludington State Park in Mason County is offering two GO-Get Outdoors Snowshoe Making classes in December. Participants will learn how to weave a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes similar to the ones Native Americans have been making for generations. Classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 18 at the park, located at 8800 W. M-116 in Ludington.
The cost for making a pair of snowshoes is $180 and includes the pre-formed wooden frames, lacings, high-quality bindings and personal instruction. These hand-made snowshoes can be used for hiking throughout the winter, given as holiday gifts or used as home décor.
Classes will be held at the park’s Warming Shelter. Instruction is geared for ages 16 and older. Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Ludington State Park, 231-843-9261, or email Alan Wernette at [email protected].
The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boating access fee sites. This new way to fund Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities.
Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking “YES” on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. Nonresident motor vehicles must still display a valid nonresident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area or state-administered boating access fee site; these can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore. To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport or call 517-241-7275.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.