Lino Lakes/Anoka County • No fee but a Minnesota Ski Pass is needed
Chomonix Golf Course is adjacent to Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve in Lino Lakes. I didn’t think the golf course was part of the Reserve, but according to the winter map it’s within the park’s boundaries.
Not Challenging, but Beautiful Cross Country Ski Trails
If you’re a skier who likes excitement, this probably isn’t the place for you. But if you’re out for an enjoyable ski through varied and beautiful terrain, this will do just fine.
Personally, I don’t mind flat as long as it’s not boring. There are plenty of twists and turns on these trails to keep it interesting.
At one point the north circle joins a multi-use trail. That would be a little rougher for smooth skate skiing since that’s where people were walking. The hikers are good about staying off the classic tracks though, which I appreciated!
A Couple of Trail Options
There are 10 kilometers of groomed trails here altogether. I took the trail to the north of the Clubhouse and headed out (it’s marked as one-way), taking the outer loop that follows the shoreline of George Watch Lake.
There’s another groomed trail that links this loop to the Lino Lakes YMCA. It’s not on their PDF map, but it’s marked on the map signs there on location. I didn’t know about that when I was there, but it turned out to be a nice spur trail for me.
That’s one of the places this trail system can be accessed in the surrounding neighborhoods if you don’t want to park at the Golf Course Clubhouse for some reason.
Leaving off the small south loop, I was out for a little over an hour. A nice distance.
As you can see from the photos, it’s groomed for both skate and classic skiing.
How to Get There
The trail system can’t be reached from within Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve without walking almost a mile. The Clubhouse parking lot is perfect. And like I mentioned above, I could tell a few from the neighborhood were skiing in from various local streets.
The entrance to Chomonix Golf Course is off Lake Drive in Lino Lakes, on Aqua Lane (there’s a huge sign for the golf course there—you can’t miss it). It’s between Hodgson Road and 35W.
post by Sharon Brodin
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