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Snowshoe tracks at Tamarack Nature Center

Ski trails are groomed and track has been set. Ski trail conditions are rated good. (Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:45 p.m.)

Tamarack Nature Center is home to beautiful cross-country ski trails and the only designated snowshoe trail in the county parks system.

Tamarack's ski trail system includes a 4K more difficult loop, 3K easier loop and 1K practice loop that's perfect for beginners. A Minnesota State Ski Pass is required for skiers age 16 and above. Day passes are available for purchase in the rental shack. Find full trail rules and grooming conditions on the cross-country ski page.

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Winter Recreation Rental Shack

Don’t have your own skis? Want to try out snowshoeing? Tamarack Nature Center offers ski and snowshoe rental at the Winter Recreation Rental Shack, located in the nature center building. Strap on some snowshoes and hit the trails!


Rates apply to both ski and snowshoe rental. All rentals are for a minimum of two hours.

  • Ages 6 - adult: $14 for two hours
  • Ages 5 and under: $7 for two hours


The rental shack is open during regular hours.

Regular Hours

  • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
  • Sunday: 12:30 - 4 p.m.*

*Please note: Rental hours end at 2 p.m. daily. Rental shack is open from 2 - 4 p.m. for returns only.


The rental shack will be closed on Christmas Day, (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). 

The rental shack will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21).

The rental shack will be closed on President's Day (Feb. 18). 


Tamarack Nature Center offers a variety of public ski and snowshoe instructional programs each season. Find upcoming classes and register online.

Private and Semi-Private Winter Recreation Lessons

Dates: Approximately December 15 - March 3
Cost: $45 first person; $30 each additional person up to 4 people

Have you always wanted to get out and learn about one of Minnesota’s great Winter Rec activities? Sign up for lessons with one of our experienced instructors to spend an hour learning how to Nordic ski or snowshoe. Call to book your lesson today!