- Deposit: $10
- Max Trip Size: 20 people
Check out Birch Lakes State Forest and the Lake Wobegon Trail. I have the entire private group camp area reserved (five sites tucked into a heavily wooded area). The park has seven miles of multi-use trails (hiking and mountain biking). I’ll be coordinating cycling outings both Friday and Saturday, with lunch stops both days in small town cafes. If you’re not interested in cycling, there’s still plenty to do! Big Birch Lake is walking distance away, has 12 miles of shoreline and is well known for fishing. The El Rancho Manana riding stable is a short drive away in Richmond. You could visit Whispering Oaks Winery in Melrose or golf at several neighboring courses. On the drive home Sunday we could stop at Lake Maria State Park for some hiking.
Bring your own food, snacks, beverages, plates/utensils, lawn chair, and camping gear. You can borrow tents and sleeping bags from the cage, but you’ll need to make arrangements with a cage coordinator to reserve, pick-up and return items. Meals will be on your own, with a pot-luck on Saturday evening. A small charcoal grill and a Rover’s camp stove will be available for use.
I’ll take sign-ups and deposits now. Carpooling will be arranged as the trip gets closer.
There’s no entry fee for state forests, but you’ll need a state park sticker for hiking at Lake Maria State Park.
Estimated cost: Deposit + gas + food. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 20ish.