This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Candlelight Trek at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery. For a February night, we couldn’t have asked for more perfect conditions…40 degrees, clear skies, and light winds. Even a comet was visible! By the light of luminaries, guests could walk, ski, or snowshoe a mile long groomed trail. Nearly 150 trekkers made their way around the trail, campfire, and visitor center to enjoy a wonderful evening with friends and family.
Most guests brought their own equipment, but snowshoes were available for use thanks to the Snowshoe Lending Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Iron River National Fish Hatchery. The Friends supported the event by providing hot beverages and S’more fixings for guest to enjoy around the bonfire and were also present to answer questions about membership and other Friends activities.
Trekkers came from near and far. Many were repeat customers, but for some, it was their first time coming to the hatchery. Several newcomers vowed to return in the daylight for a hatchery tour and to check out the 3-mile Simpson Trail. Getting people together, recreating outdoors and making great memories is what it’s all about.
What’s next at Iron River NFH? Stay tuned for updates on our Syrup Saturday event and spring opening of our 3D archery range. Come join us.