Cross-country skiing, tubing offered at Cass County parksPublished 6:07pm Thursday, December 17, 2009
By NORMA LERNER
It’s time to get out the parkas and turtleneck sweaters and come to winter activities at the Cass County parks.
Cass County Parks Director Scott Wyman has announced that again winter activities are planned at Dr. T. K. Lawless Park for cross-country skiers and tubing on the hill. Ice fishermen can toss in a line at Hogback Lake where there is a new dock built by an Eagle Scout.
Make plans to join the Friends of Cass County Parks, as they once again sponsor Discover Winter Nights every Saturday until 9 p.m. starting Dec. 26 through Feb. 13. Weather permitting, this very popular family event will again feature a lighted tubing hill (tubes provided or bring your own), three miles of lighted cross-country ski trails and horse-drawn sleigh rides on selected nights. A warming fire and refreshments will be available for those wishing for a more relaxed atmosphere with family and friends.
New to Lawless Park this winter will be the ability to reserve the warming shelter and tubing hill from 6 to 9 p.m. during the two weeks of school Christmas break, Wyman said. Also, the ability to reserve the warming shelter and tubing hill is available Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon throughout January and February. Call the Cass County Parks and Recreation Commission office for reservations at 445-8611.
Lawless Park is located east of Vandalia on Monkey Run Road south of M-60 in Newberg Township.
Fred Russ Forest Park
Located five miles West of Marcellus on Marcellus Highway in Volinia Township, Fred Russ Forest Park is nestled along the crystal waters of the Dowagiac Creek.
In cooperation with Michigan State University, winter visitors can expect four miles of groomed and maintained cross-country skiing and hiking trails. Russ Forest is the only county park in southwest Michigan and northern Indiana to allow horseback riding within its borders. There are more than eight miles of equestrian trails for those who want to enjoy winter from a different perspective. The park is not lighted for night activities.
Arthur Dodd Memorial Park
Arthur Dodd Memorial Park, located on Creek Road near Sumnerville in Pokagon Township, has long been considered one of the most visited seasonal county parks because of its location on the Dowagiac River.
Now created by the MEANDRS project, there is a scenic half-mile stretch of river that can be walked, snow-shoed, used for cross-country skiing and wonderful fishing opportunities for those wishing to test the icy waters of the designated trout river. The park will be open all year long.