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Go Snowshoeing in the Iowa Great Lakes area
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Go Snowshoeing in the Iowa Great Lakes area

There’s no better place to get outside in Iowa than the Iowa Great Lakes area.

And Okoboji is fun in more than just summer --- there’s plenty to see and do in all seasons. Explore winter with a snowshoe hike Jan. 22 with the Dickinson County Conservation Board.

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, pick out the right size of snowshoes if you need to borrow a pair and then caravan to Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area in Milford.

“I thought it would be fun to go to Horseshoe Bend in the winter, because we could see the wildlife down there,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, Dickinson County Conservation environmental education coordinator.

The snowshoe excursion will last about an hour and is open to all skill levels, even newcomers to the activity.

“I think it’s a fun way to introduce people who may be interested in taking up snowshoeing,” Kuhlman said. “It’s a fun way to explore places you otherwise may not be able to get to in the winter.”

The snowshoeing aspect of the hike is weather dependent, and about 6 inches of snow cover is needed. Also, snowshoe sizes are limited through the conservation board, especially kids sizes, so please bring your own if you own snowshoes.

If there is not enough snow the day of the excursion, the January Hike the Wild will be a regular hike.

“We will just be going on a traditional hike, view the Little Sioux River, seeing some wildlife and enjoying the great outdoors,” Kuhlman said. “I really enjoy Horseshoe Bend because you have a variety of habitats to go through --- river, forest and prairie.”

The next hike will be held May 28. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center and then caravan to Kettleson Hogsback in Spirit Lake to experience spring, waterfowl migration and even warblers that are heading north.

For more information on Hike the Wild and other free programs through Dickinson County Conservation, visit our programs page or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Image credit: Kiley Roth

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