Looking to chase those winter blues away? Research shows that getting outside even in the winter is a great way to keep those blues at bay. We recently received a request for some secret, quiet, special spots in the park that are good to visit during the winter. We came up with a few.
1. Take a paddle down the Crystal or Platte Rivers.
These rivers are full of visitors during the warmer summer and fall months. Consider bundling up and bringing a few extra lawyers to pad your seat for insulation and take a paddle down a quiet empty river! It is a great time to see wildlife and enjoy some peace and quiet.
2. Explore a new trail.
We have a great web page dedicated to trails, this page provides easy ways to research each trail with information like, length, location, difficulty and more. Consider taking one a weekend to explore. Do keep in mind that with all of our thaws and freezes shoe grips and poles might be a good idea if there is not enough snow to use snowshoes or skis.
3. Winter birding.
Did you know that spring birding starts in March and birders look and listen for Red Winged Blackbirds who signify that spring is coming! Meanwhile in the colder months grab your binoculars, field guide and look up your local audubon society and join a winter birding adventure. Inland lakes as well as lake Michigan are a great place to spot lots of different ducks. Or consider setting up a bird feeder in your yard and birding from the comfort of your own home.