New Year + Fresh Snow = Lots of FUN!

There’s nothing quite like a winter in Minnesota, especially after a big snowstorm! The Willmar Lakes Area was recently blessed with plenty of snowfall and locals and visitors alike are excited to get out and enjoy it while it’s here!

One of the most popular winter activities in Minnesota that almost everyone can enjoy (when there’s snow of course) is sledding! You can purchase a cheap sled just about anywhere and head on out to the hills of the Willmar Lakes Area. Some of the best sledding locations include the sledding hill at Sibley State Park near the Interpretive Center, the exciting slopes at Ridgewater College, and the hill just up from the Flags of Honor Memorial for beginners and young children.

Other fans of snow in Minnesota enjoy cross country skiing or snow shoeing. If you want to give either a try, contact our friends at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and they’ll get you set up with some rental equipment. They also have kick sleds for rent, which are Scandinavian sleds that look like a dog-less dog sled. Grab onto the handles and stand on the rail as you push off with your foot and give someone a ride along the frozen trails or lakes.

For something more action-packed, speed through the miles of groomed snowmobiling trails throughout the Willmar Lakes Area. Make sure to check out the favorite local snowmobiling trails like Glacial Lakes State Trail and Sibley State Park to enjoy a wonderful mix of wide open, wooded and hilly trails. Pick up a snowmobile map at the CVB Office, at one of the Kandiyohi County tourism racks or Click Here to view the Willmar Lakes Area SnowmobileTrails Map.

And although I don’t love shoveling sidewalks or driveways or digging out my vehicle after a snowstorm, it’s well worth it if you’re able to enjoy a fresh blanket of snow in one of these fun ways!

If you’re looking for more activities to do during winter in the Willmar Lakes Area, read our blog on the Top 10 Winter Actractions in Kandiyohi County.

Fish our lakes

The possibilities are endless on our 30 recreational lakes…boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, hydro biking, paddle boarding and so much more!

Fishing Report

Explore our Trails

Surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery…who wouldn’t take a hike or a leisurely bike ride to enjoy the view? With miles of trials to choose from, you can always find new places to explore.

Trail Report