Land O’ Lakes Cross-Country Ski Trails
Discover a white and wonderful world
The forests that surround Land O’ Lakes become a different world in the heart of winter. Snow envelops the wilderness, lacing pine branches and blanketing the forest floor. It’s a silent and peaceful world that you can experience by cross-country ski. Just north of Land O’ Lakes, in the Ottawa National Forest, you’ll find more than seven miles of groomed trails and loops that can accommodate all levels of skiers. The trails travel through a beautiful area of hardwood forest and are well-marked, with maps at every intersection. You’ll discover some breathtaking scenery on these trails and likely run into some wildlife – the trails are popular for birdwatching.
To get to the trails from Land O’ Lakes, head east on County B to East Duck Lake Road. Turn left, and follow the road, bearing left and then right. You’ll cross Forest Road 6320 and North Moon Lake Road before seeing a fairly large parking area on the right. You’ll find a trail entrance here and ski routes that will take you into a different world.
Additional skiing can be found to the north at Sylvania Outfitters, which grooms 25 kilometers of trails that connect to 32 kilometers of non-groomed trails in the Sylvania Wilderness Area. Need skis? You can rent them in the shop.
About 12 miles south of Land O’ Lakes, Afterglow Lake Resort offers trails groomed for classic and skate cross-country skiing in 240 acres of mixed forest. You can ski right from the door of your rental!