Skip to main content

Boreal Community Media

Tettegouche State Park celebrates winter with Winter Fest; still needs help clearing trails after December blizzard

Feb 22, 2023 11:57AM ● By Content Editor
Kids and grown-ups alike make s'mores by a fire during Winterfest - all photos by Laura Durenberger-Grunow

By Laura Durenberger-Grunow - Boreal Community Media - February 22, 2023

On Saturday, February 18, visitors to Tettegouche State Park celebrated winter during 'Winter Fest'.


Image: Friends of Tettegouche State Park 

This family-friendly event featured activities such as:
  • a naturalist-led snowshoe hike
  • a s'more-making station
  • a winter obstacle course for kids
  • children's storytime
  • a pinecone birdfeeder-making station
  • live music
  • a wildcat presentation 
  • cider and popcorn
  • food for purchase from Na-Cho Buziness, a food truck that operates out of Duluth, Two Harbors, and Silver Bay

At the end of December 2022, Boreal Community Media talked with Friends of Tettegouche State Park, who are responsible for trail maintenance, after the group shared a call for help on their Facebook page

Part of the request said: "Tettegouche State Park has been directly hit with several major winter weather events in the past few weeks and the trails are tangled with downed trees and shrubs. Tettegouche staff have been working hard to get ski trails open, but it might take several weeks and there is more snow on the way."

At the Winter Fest event, Boreal Community Media talked with Grace Hill, the assistant manager of Tettegouche State Park, about the present trail conditions. 

"There is definitely a lot of work to be done, and we certainly wouldn't turn anyone away", said Hill. 

"Part of the issue is that it has been hard to get equipment to the areas that need it. We are planning to put out a big call for help in the spring." 

Hill also shared that there are many different types of tasks the park needs help with. 

"Part of what we need help with is to have people walk the trails with a map, and mark the spots where there are trees down in addition to the physical labor of cutting up trees", Hill added. 

If you are interested and able to help, stop by the main Tettegouche State Park Visitor Center during regular operating hours. 

For more information about Tettegouche State Park, visit:

Fore more information about the Friends of Tettegouche State Park, visit:

Winter Fest photos

 Volunteers made popcorn and cider for all to enjoy

 Visitors were invited to make a pinecone bird feeder to take home

 Making pinecone bird feeders

 Kids and adults were able to work through a 'winter-activity' themed obstacle course

 Lunch was available for purchase from the Na-Cho Buziness food truck

 Live music was available in the lobby for visitors to enjoy refreshments, lunch or warm up

Boreal Ship Spotter - larger view here