26 things to do in winter: part 5

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Now that we’re all stuffed and underslept, it is time to get active in a fun way.  This week’s edition of 26 Things To Do In Winter will explore some of the outdoor options for your family.

A full 26 Things To Do In Winter was published in the new Oshkosh Independent Magazine.  Subscriptions are available here. You can see part 4 here. We will be publishing several ideas each week through Feb. 2018 to help you through this upcoming season.

20. Snow Bicycling: Grab your snow tires and head out to the woods or cut across Lake Winnebago on your bicycle. No joking. According to Winnebago Bicycle owner Ben Rennert, it is one of the most enjoyable things to do in winter, and once you’ve ridden, you won’t want to stop. Thanks to the folks at Aurora Oshkosh and Winnebago County Parks along with a small handful of dedicated volunteers, the Oshkosh area has two excellent snow bicycling options. Trails are groomed both in the woods behind Aurora Medical and at the Waukau Dam just west of town.

You’ll need fat tires for these rides, as road tires can lead to unsafe riding and can damage the trails. You can also join the Bike Across Bago 2018 event on Feb. 3, when hundreds of snow bicyclists will head across the lake on a plowed path, departing from Mahler Park in Neenah. Riders interested in trying out snow bicycling can connect with Winnebago Bicycle and gain some expert tips, like making sure you dress warm.

17. Cross Country Skiing and Winter Trail Hiking: Thank you Winnebago County Parks System for providing opportunities to get outdoors in winter. For cross county skiers, the County Park offers one of the area’s only groomed cross county ski spots, with more than four miles of trails. Just north of Winneconne sits the Lasley Point Archeological Site, a 47.7 acre woods with trails owned by the county. The Wiouwash Trail heading north of town is favorite hiking spot, offering easy hiking that winds through the countryside.

5. Waukau Creek Nature Preserve: Quite possibly the most beautiful winter setting in Winnebago County, Waukau Creek is a 64-acre county park just west of Oshkosh past the 20 th Avenue YMCA. Winding trails meander through a dense woodland ravine with Rush Creek flowing through the center. In winter, ice and snow join running water to create a winter landscape that is peaceful and, for those who visit, rejuvenating. The preserve offers moderately difficult hiking trails, as well as secret natural overflow ice skating rinks (stay off the ice on the creek). Waukau Creek Nature Preserve is found north of the Village of Waukau on Delhi Road off County Road K.

Banner photo of Waukau Creek courtesy of Winnebago County Parks Dept

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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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