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Sleeper State Park by candlelight

Sat, Jan  19, 2008 - By DNR

Sleeper State Park will hold a “GO-Get Outdoors” candlelight cross-country ski evening on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. Beginning at the park headquarters trailhead on State Park Road, skiers will find approximately 1.5 miles of groomed and track-set trails lit by luminaries every few feet.

"If a person has not skied by luminaries, they will experience a unique adventure when they find the woods on each side of the trail aglow by candlelight," said Park Supervisor George Lauinger.

Skiers may enjoy a warming station with a modern restroom, bonfire, snacks and beverages. Snowshoers are also welcome, but are asked to keep to one side of the ski tracks.

The park is open throughout the day for skiing as well. If there is insufficient snow, the event will be cancelled, so call ahead for updates. If adequate snow cover persists, additional candlelight ski evenings will be scheduled.

Ski equipment rentals are available in Port. Austin. Contact the park at 989-856-4411 for more information on rentals and updates.

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for a 2008 resident annual and $6 for resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8. No other fees are required. Sleeper also offers winter lodging in the form of several semi-modern cabins. For reservations, call 1-800-447-2757 or log onto Sleeper State Park is located at 6573 State Park Rd., just outside of Caseville, Michigan.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.