Where to go: Winter adventures- Cross Country Skiing, tubing or ice fishing

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Published on December 13, 2017 with No Comments

Coffee Creek Park
246 E. Morgan Avenue, Chesterton
In the wintertime, this park becomes a prime spot for sledding. It’s located right next to the historic Chesterton business district, so after a day of hurtling down the hill, you can warm up at one of the nearby restaurants or coffeehouses – they’re just a short walk away. Sledding and Tubing. Open from dawn to dusk. Free. For more information call 219-926-3000 or, visit www.chestertonin.org

Countryside Park
5250 US Highway 6, Portage
Tromp along 33 acres of history at this park, home to the Alton Goin Museum and the Portage Historical Society. The hills offer great sledding and tubing, and its fishing pond is always dotted with ice fishers, even in the coldest months. Sledding, Tubing and Ice Fishing. From dawn-dusk. Free. For more information call 219-762-1675 or, visit www.inportageparks.com

Imagination Glen Park
2275 McCool Road, Portage
Once the snow falls, winter enthusiasts can set off on three miles of cross-country trails that loop through this 256-acre park. The trails are clearly marked, and are divided into difficulty from beginner to advanced. Skiing. Dawn to dusk. Free. For more information call 219-762-1675 or, visit www.inportageparks.com.

Sunset Hill Farm County Park
US Hwy 6 and Meridian Road, Valparaiso
This former dairy farm transforms into a crosscountry skiing trail that winds its way through 286 acres. Don’t miss the park’s holiday lights festival. Enjoy snowshoe workout classes Saturday mornings in winter ($5; equipment is provided; call to register). Sledding, Tubing, Skiing, Snowshoeing and Snowshoe Rental. Dawn to dusk. Free, $5 for snowshoes, $5 for festival. For more information call 219-465-3586.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 West 100 North, Valparaiso
Taltree’s quiet, gently-sloping woodlands, fascinating wetland views and huge expanse of prairie make the nearly four miles of trails perfect for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and bird watching. Or come indoors for one of many gardening classes. Snowshoeing, Skiing and Gardening Classes. Nov. – March $10/free for members and children 4 and under. For more information call 219-462-0025 or, visit www. taltree.org.

Region offers sites for sledding fun

Here is a list of sledding venues in Northwest Indiana, courtesy of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.
Indiana Dunes State Park-Devil’s Slide – Sledding is open now until the end of the winter season. The park at 1600 N. 25 East in Chesterton is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Call 219-926-1952 for more details.
Lemon Lake County Park – Sledding is available now through March 31. The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The park is located at 6322 West 133rd Ave., Crown Point.
Sled the slopes at Lemon Lake County Park all through the winter season. Call 219-663-7627 after 9 a.m. to learn if the hills are open for sledding. There is a gate fee at the park when a gatekeeper is on duty. There are no rentals at Lemon Lake and the park does not allow sleds with wooden or metal runners. Snowboards are also not allowed due to safety concerns. Call 219-663-7627 for more information.
Oak Ridge Prairie County Park – Sledding is open now through March 31. The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The park is located at 301 S. Colfax St., Griffith.
Sled one of the largest hills in Northwest Indiana during the winter break. The same rules from Lemon Lake apply to Oak Ridge in regards to sled requirements. There are no rentals and there are restrictions on frames. For questions about park conditions, call 219-884-7328 or visit www.lakecountyparks.com
Rogers Lakewood Park – This Porter County park is open for sledding now until the end of the winter season from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The park’s address is 3210 North Campbell St., Valparaiso
Sled at your own risk through the end of the winter season at Rogers Lakewood Park in Valparaiso. There are no restrictions on sleds and no entrance fee into the park. The back of the park will be completely open to sled while there is snow on the ground. For more information, call 219-462-5144.
Visit www.southshorecva.com for more winter activities in Northwest Indiana.

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