Snowshoe making at state park

November 9, 2013

HAMLIN TWP. — The Ludington State Park is offering a snowshoe making class Nov. 15 and 16. Participants will learn to weave a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes, similar to how the Native Americans crafted them for generations. This is one class over two days. Part 1 is Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. and part 2 is Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost for making a pair of snowshoes is $190 and includes the pre-formed wooden frames, lacing, high-quality bindings and personal instruction. Classes are designed to be fun, informative and interesting. Because this is an activity that requires concentration over long periods of time, it is suggested for ages 16 years and older.

These hand-made snowshoes can be used for hiking throughout the winter, given as holiday gifts, and/or used as a decoration in your home. Snowshoeing is an easy, inexpensive way to get outside and burn some calories during the winter months.

Class sizes are limited and reservations are required. Classes are limited to 10 participants and are held at the park’s warming shelter. To make a reservation, please call Ludington State Park at 231-843-9261 or email Alan Wernette at

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