January 18, 2008
Explore Oswego County's Tug Hill Region this Winter
A youngster learns how to skijor at the Salmon Hills Outdoor Adventure Center in Redfield, Oswego County. (Photo courtesy of Salmon Hills Outdoor Adventure Center.)
OSWEGO COUNTY - Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Oswego County's Tug Hill region on snowshoes, skis, dog sleds or snowmobiles this winter. The Salmon Hills Outdoor Adventure Center in Redfield and the nearby Winona State Forest Recreation Area will host several unique activities during January and February.
“Oswego County's heavy snows and well-developed trail systems make it a perfect location for sled dog events, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling,” said Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism and Public Information Coordinator. “We're fortunate to have thousands of acres of pristine wilderness where residents and visitors can experience outstanding outdoor recreation, even during the winter months.”
Women and girls are invited to bring their friends to the Salmon Hills Outdoor Adventure Center in Redfield for a “Girls Day Out” Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27. There will be classes on a variety of outdoor activities for beginners and more experienced skiers and snowshoers. Yoga, massage, meal and lodging packages are available. For details and trail conditions call 315-599-7008 or go to www.salmonhills.com.
The 28th annual Tug Hill Tourathon X-C Ski event takes place Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Winona Forest Recreation Area in the towns of Boylston and Mannsville. This year's event features a 50K race at 9 a.m., a 25K course beginning at 11 a.m. and a 13K distance starting at noon for new skiers, families, and students who want to enjoy the woods.
A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sandy Creek Grange on Harwood Drive. A post race party starts at 4 p.m. at Sandy Creek Central School and includes food, entertainment, awards, drawings and the annual used ski sale. Visit www.winonaforest.com or call 315-387-6078 for more information.
Salmon Hills Outdoor Adventure Center will host a National Ski Patrol mountain rescue class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9. Participants will learn how to survive overnight in the snow and attend to emergency situations. Call 315-599-7008, or visit www.salmonhills.com for more information. Admission is $70.
Sled dogs, mushers, and spectators will converge at Winona State Forest Recreation Area Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, for the 14th annual Tug Hill Challenge sled dog races. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club, the competitions will feature teams of four, six and eight dogs, and skijoring events. For information call 315-298-6993, or visit www.pennsleddogclub.com or www.winonaforest.com.
More than 340 miles of state-designated snowmobile trails cross Oswego County and provide unlimited access to the Tug Hill region. Riders are encouraged to join a snowmobile club. Trail maps are available to club members, and club dues contribute to trail maintenance.
The Oswego County Snowmobile Association is comprised of 10 organized clubs. They include Fulton Area Snow Travelers, Kasoag Trailblazers, Mexico Trail Riders, Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club, Redfield Snow and Rec Club, Snow Owls of Cicero, Square Valley Trailblazers, Sterling Trail Tamers, Vanderbilt Snowmobile Club and the Winona Forest Recreation Association. For club and membership information visit www.oswcsa.com.
For visitor information and other winter events in Oswego County, call the Oswego County Promotion and Tourism Office at 1-800-248-4FUN or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com.
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