In a Facebook post on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 the Riverbend Skate Path Facebook page announced “The Riverbend Skate Path is officially closed for the season. Snow load causing slush has made it unable to be skated on. Thank you all for a great season and the #riverbendercrew can’t wait for next winter (though they may enjoy their much needed break!)”
Initially intended as a 3/4 mile path between neighbors, the Riverbend Skate Path grew to a total length of 2.5 miles in 2020. In 2022, the path was extended to 5.2 miles making it the longest ice skating path in the United States and they hosted the 1st annual FriluftFest. This new event was based on the Norwegian concept of “friluftsliv”, or open-air life drawing on the Scandinavian heritage of many in our area.
If you’re still looking to get outside and skate or even hit the trail, Doc’s Harbor Inn rents skis, skates, and snowshoes and their outdoor hockey & skating rink is open.
Until next year, check our this story on how the path got it start.