Snowshoeing at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
Snowshoe Rentals are : CLOSED due to significant snowmelt and icy trail conditions. We may open up the snowshoe rentals if we get a significant snowfall of 6″ or more.
Reserve your Snowshoes: HERE
Snowshoe Trail Map: HERE
This fun winter activity will be a hit with your friends and family. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve has a designated snowshoe trail (1/2 mile) and the prairie loop spur trail (1/4 mile). Our terrain is relatively flat and suitable for all ages and abilities. Let’s give the critters some space and snowshoe only on marked snowshoe trails.
Each snowshoe rental is $6 a pair. We have a wide assortment of sizes to accommodate all types of boot sizes.
We must have a 6″ soft snow base for snowshoeing at Heckrodt. This protects our snowshoes from damage due to ice and underlying forest detritus (limbs, rocks, etc). It also protects the environment and hibernating critters from being trampled.
Attention…Rentals will look a bit different this year, as we are looking to create a contactless exchange.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Always call ahead or check on our website to make sure we are renting snowshoes. Large program groups, large programs occupying staff and/or volunteer time, or poor conditions may affect availability of snowshoe rental.
- All snowshoe rentals will be rented through our website.
- Snowshoe rental is available 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (subject to change). Tuesday – Friday. Let us know the approximate time of your arrival so we can better assist you.
- Upon reserving your snowshoes (online), HWR Staff will stage your reservation in wagons outside the nature center’s front door. When finished, place them in the used snowshoe bin.
- Snowshoes are sized by weight, not shoe size. It’s based on the load bearing strength of the snowshoe design. We will try to guess, but we may ask. We’re not being nosy. 🙂
- Most of our snowshoes are lightweight aluminum. We have a few pair of traditional wooden snowshoes. If you prefer traditional ones, please ask.
- Wear your regular boots for snowshoeing – no special footwear is required. Dress in layers – take the temperature into account. Hand and foot/toe warmers are a good idea. Don’t forget your hat and gloves!
- Anyone who can walk with ease can snowshoe. You will use muscles you didn’t know you had, however. It’s great exercise!
- We have snowshoes to fit children 3 and up. However, you may want to bring a sled to pull behind you in case your young snowshoer gets too tired to go on.
- You are welcome to bring your own snowshoes if you have them. Marked snowshoe trails may be used by anyone with their own snowshoes in any snow conditions. HWR cannot be held responsible for damage to your personal snowshoes at any time.
- We do not currently have a trail fee. Donations are always appreciated toward maintenance of trails and can be made online by clicking the “Donate” button, texting “GIVE” to 920-228-8557, in the drop box at the nature center during open hours or with any staff member. Thank you!
- Snowshoe trails are not groomed. Grooming defeats the purpose of snowshoeing. Heavy use will trample a path along the snowshoe trail – it is OK to snowshoe alongside this path.
- Snowshoes are permitted on snowshoe trails only. No snowshoes are permitted on the boardwalk as they damage the decking. We are a wildlife sanctuary and respect hibernating and winter active animals on off trail areas.
- We do not have cross country ski trails, nor do we rent cross country skis. You may bring your own cross country equipment, but use the snowshoe trails only Cross county skis should not be used on the trail system or free ranging in the habitat.
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