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2024 Snowshoe Sundays at Tamarac
National Wildlife Refuge

SUNDAYS: January 7 – February 26, 2024

2024 Snowshoe Sundays at Tamarac
National Wildlife Refuge

SUNDAYS: January 7 – February 26, 2024

Join the fun for Snowshoe Sundays at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Rochert, Minnesota every Sunday in January & February from 12p – 4 p. Free snowshoe rental will be available at the Tamarac Refuge Visitor Center. All sizes of snowshoes are available including the littlest of feet, so bring the kids. Dress warm and wear snow boots for a refreshing hike through the snowy woods of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The visitor center exhibits and giftshop is also open 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

January 2024 Snowshoe Sunday Dates

  • January 7
  • January 14

  • January 21

  • January 28

February 2024 Snowshoe Sunday Dates

  • February 4

  • February 11 (During Detroit Lakes Polar Fest)

  • February 18 (During Detroit Lakes Polar Fest)
  • February 25 (During Detroit Lakes Polar Fest)

About Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge was established by Congress in 1938, and lies in the heart of one of the most diverse transition zones in North America. Here eastern deciduous hardwoods, northern coniferous forests and western tallgrass prairie converge – creating a rich assemblage of both plants and animals.  Though the landscape has been altered by the influences of human history and past management, the refuge remains largely intact with a functioning ecosystem and retains an untamed character for current visitors to enjoy, use and respect. From the vibrant emergence of spring woodland wildflowers to the rich colors of autumn to the quiet hush of winter, people come to revitalize their spirit and connect with a rich wildlife heritage.

The refuge is home to a large population of nesting trumpeter swans. Habitat conservation efforts address species such as the nearly threatened golden-winged warbler, woodcock, and ring-necked ducks. You’ll find Minnesota state icons including the common loon, showy lady’s slipper, red pine tree, morel mushrooms, wild rice and walleye. Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge website.

Polar Fest Snowshoe Sunday at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge - North Shore Lake Superior Winter

About The Friends of Tamarac

Established nearly 30 years ago this nonprofit group is made up of an active 10-15 member board and over 300 members. The Friends sponsor educational programs and events, build observation platforms and pathways, generate thousands of grant dollars for water quality and habitat projects, host a popular nature photography contest, and so much more. We are an advocate for wildlife refuges and passionate about protecting wild places for generations. The volunteers of Tamarac donated over 8,000 hours of service just last year. The Friends of Tamarac website.

About Detroit Lakes Polar Fest

Detroit Lakes Polar Fest is is a 17-day winter festival that features a multitude of outdoor winter activities. It is held in early and mid-February with the plunge and fireworks on the last Saturday night of Polar Fest. Polar Fest was started in 1996 by Erika Johnson, previous owner of Lakeside Tavern. She loved winter and wanted to see some sort of celebration of winter by the lake and outside her restaurant. Coincidentally, Ron Zeman, former Develop DL board member, heard of people jumping into a hole in the lake to raise money for an organization. He took that idea to the Boys & Girls Club and the “Polar Fest Plunge” was born. Unfortunately, in 2002 a lack of support left Polar Fest with only its key event, the Polar Plunge.

In 2005, a group of crazy, winter-loving citizens came together to reinvigorate and warm up Polar Fest. Since then, Polar Fest has since continued with the pinnacle event being the Polar Fest Plunge into Little Detroit Lake. However, many other activities including golfing on the lake, polar explorer presentations, dances and more have been added. In 2008, fireworks on the last Saturday evening were added, becoming one of the highlights of the week-long winter celebration. Don’t miss one of Minnesota’s most fun winter festivals!

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Polar Fest Snowshoe Sunday at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Rochert, Minnesota in February. Be sure to enjoy other Detroit Lakes Polar Fest events as well!

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Best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

The Lodge on Lake Detroit & The Spa Within

The only way to improve Polar Fest is staying in one of the best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lakes. However long your stay, you will find our Detroit Lakes Minnesota lake resort the perfect place to unwind after a busy day. What better way to relax than in The Lodge’s beautiful Fireside Lobby and LoLa D’s Lobby Bar & Bistro? Nestled in a lovely tree-filled setting on a private sandy beach, you’ll find the latest hotel style and amenities. The Lodge is independently owned and operated by Holland Hospitality, Inc., now providing a generation of hospitality excellence.

With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, we stand out among other lodging choices in Detroit Lakes, MN. For couples or family getaways, we offer a variety of rooms and suites with king, queen or two queen beds. Our free daily hot breakfast, free local calls, indoor heated pool and fitness center make the hotel a great place to recharge between enjoying Detroit Lakes attractions and activities. View Hotel Detail

Your room features lakefront views, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, flat-screen TVs with extended channels. It is also equipped with mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker, and is pet and smoke free. View accommodation detail.

Detroit Lakes Day Spa: You will experience extensive menu of select spa treatment services at The Spa Within at The Lodge, many of which are exclusive signature treatments. A variety of facials and massage therapies will provide you a deeply relaxed state as part of your spa experience. Some of these revitalizing treatments include the use of warm and cold basalt stones for face and body.

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