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Kickapoo Bottoms snowshoe hike
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Mississippi Valley Conservancy is pleased to offer the public a guided snowshoe hike on Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kickapoo Bottoms Preserve just outside of Gays Mills as part of the Linked to the Land series of guided hikes.

Join Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s Conservation Specialist Abbie Church for a guided snowshoe hike through the winter wonderland of Kickapoo Bottoms.  Come and explore all that this preserve has to offer, including a 4700-foot stretch of the Kickapoo River and a moderate stroll through scenic wetlands and floodplain forest. Snowshoe rental is $5.00/pair.  We have limited quantities so please call ahead if you need to reserve a pair.  Snowshoe size is based on weight. The hike will conclude in time for attendees to head to the Gays Mills Community’s open house at the Gays Mills Community Commerce Center and Kickapoo Culinary Center.

To RSVP, contact: or call 784-3606 ext. 6

Mississippi Valley Conservancy signs with arrows showing the way to the hike will be posted at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on State Highway 131 on the south end of Gays Mills. Follow the signs, turning into the Fairgrounds and park.

“We are very pleased to give people an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature with our Linked to the Land hike program,” Kathy Frise, MVC’s outreach coordinator said. “It’s an excellent opportunity to relax outside, to learn about our beautiful natural surroundings, to get some exercise, and to be introduced to some of the fine properties that Mississippi Valley Conservancy has opened up for free public use.  MVC makes thousands of acres of scenic land available for hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and similar activities.”