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Winter Recreation

Mirror Lake State Park

Mirror Lake State Park provides numerous opportunities for winter recreation. Be aware, park staff do not monitor ice conditions on the lake. Be extremely cautious of ice conditions at all times.

Mirror Lake winter maps

Cross-country skiing

Skiers, please note due to Covid-19 the park office is not open and is not available for use as a warming/changing space during the ski season. Please plan accordingly. 

During winter several trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. There are 18 miles of combination skate- and classic-groomed trails and one mile of classic-groomed trail. A state trail pass is required for skiers 16 years of age and older.

Snowshoers, hikers and pets must keep off the ski trails.

Fern Dell trail (3 miles)

This three-mile loop trail south of the park office is open to hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. The trailhead along with a small parking lot is located on Hastings Road, 0.25-miles south of the park office.

Hastings trail (2 miles)

This 2-mile loop trail south of the park office is open to hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. This trail can be accessed from the Fern Dell Trailhead or connected from the Pioneer trail.

Ishnala trail (2.2 miles)

The Ishnala trail is in the northern part of the park and connects to the Echo Rock trail.

Kilbourn trail (0.8 miles)

This trail begins at the beach and connects through the Bluewater Bay Family and Group Camp campgrounds and goes past the park amphitheater.

Newport trail (1 mile)

The Newport trail begins at the beach picnic area and travels next to the lake and park office.

Northwest trail (2.3 miles)

The northwest trail is a loop trail that begins near the park office.  It is the most difficult trail in the park with some steep rolling hills through sandstone rock outcroppings.

Pinecone pass (0.4 miles)

This short trail connects to the other biking/ski loop trails.

Pioneer trail and pass (1.6 miles)

This trail begins near the Kilbourn trail parking lot and loops through the middle of the park.

Ringling pass (0.3 miles)

This trail cuts through the Northwest trail to make for a shorter loop.

Turtleville trail (2.4 miles)

This 2.4-mile loop trail south of the park office is open to hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. This trail can be accessed from the trailhead parking lot on Mirror Lake Road near the Wild Rice trail connector or at the trail crossing with Fern Dell Trail.

Wildwood pass (0.6 miles)

This trail cuts through the Northwest trail to make for a shorter loop.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoers are welcome throughout the park and on trails not groomed for skiing. The Sandstone Trail (2 miles) and the Wild Rice Trail (0.6 miles) are easy trails that are popular with snowshoers.

Echo Rock trail (0.6 miles)

This paved, accessible trail begins near the Cliffwood campground or boat landing parking areas. This trail offers a scenic vista of Mirror Lake and a connection to the Ishnala trail across a 150-foot clear-span bridge over the Mirror Lake Gorge.

Lakeview trail (0.2 miles)

This short trail connects the boat landing with the campground.

Wild Rice trail (0.6 miles)

This trail connects to the Turtleville trail and goes by the southern part of Mirror Lake.