Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

The Berrien County Parks Commission provides cross-country skiing opportunities at Madeline Bertrand Park and Love Creek Park. Trails at both parks are groomed with consistency and commitment and ski rentals are available. Trails are open during regular park hours - and for scheduled night ski events at Madeline Bertrand. Visit the parks "News Flash" for current conditions. Both parks also maintain Facebook pages where trail condition updates are posted. Please note that hiking and dog walking are not allowed on our groomed ski trails.

Madeline Bertrand Trails

Madeline Bertrand features three miles of level to gently rolling trails through pine and oak forests and along a bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River. Skiers may also explore trails in adjacent St. Patrick's County Park in Indiana with the purchase of their Berrien County Parks Daily Trail Permit. For trail maps and directions, download a copy of our Winter Trail Guide (PDF) or view the Madeline Bertrand Ski Trail Map (PDF).

Love Creek Trails

Love Creek offers over five miles of open trails and challenging wooded slopes and turns. In addition to tracks for "traditional" skiing, many trails at Love Creek include a groomed lane for cross-country ski skating. View the Love Creek Ski Trail Map 2020 (PDF).

Fat Tire Biking and Snowshoeing

Love Creek also grooms a 3 mile fat bike trail when enough snow is present. Groomed trail fees apply. There is also a 1 mile snowshoe trail where visitors can bring their own snowshoes or rent a pair in the Nature Center(no trail fee required for snowshoeing). Download a copy of our Snowshoe and Fat bike trail map.

Ski Rental Equipment

Quality ski equipment is available in a variety of youth and adult sizes at both parks.

  • The daily rental rate for youth (15 and under) is $5.
  • The daily rental rate for adults is $10.
  • Snowshoes are $5 for adults and youth

Winter Building & Ski Rental Hours

Ski equipment is available for use at Madeline Bertrand and Love Creek from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday and for all lighted night ski events. Additional days and hours may be available depending on trail conditions and current daylight hours. Check the News Flash at the top of our Home Page for current park hours. 

Equipment checkout closes 2 hours prior to the rental and/or night ski event closing time for the day. (In other words, skis must be checked out by 3:00 p.m. on days when the ski rental closes at 5 p.m. etc.)

Illinois visitors - please note we are on Eastern Time, one hour ahead of the Central Time used in Illinois. (We hate for you to make the drive only to discover we close in an hour and rental skis are no longer available!)

Entry Fees

  • The daily entry fee for Berrien County residents is $3 per vehicle.
  • The daily entry fee for out-of-county residents at Love Creek is $5 per vehicle on weekends.

There is no "out-of-county" fee charged at Madeline Bertrand during the winter months or on non-holiday weekdays at Love Creek. An Annual Park Entry Permit is available for $35 - but note you can save $5 on this permit when it is purchased with one or more season ski permits!

Ski Trail Fees

All skiers and fat bikers are required to obtain and display a ski trail permit while skiing or fat biking.

  • The ski trail fee for adults is $5 per day.
  • The fat bike fee is $5 per day
  • The ski trail fee for youth (ages 15 and under) is $4 per day.
  • Season ski trail permits, which allow unlimited skiing at both Madeline Bertrand and Love Creek, are available for $15 for youth and $20 for adults.

Note: Ski trail permits obtained at St. Patrick's County Park in Indiana will be honored on the trails at Madeline Bertrand for daylight skiing. Skiers crossing from St. Patrick's to Madeline Bertrand who are not displaying a St. Patrick's Daily Permit must stop at the Bertrand Visitor Center to purchase a Berrien County Parks Daily Trail Permit in order to ski on Bertrand trails.

Lighted Night Skiing

Conditions permitting, lighted night skiing is available at Madeline Bertrand on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 p.m. Check the News Flash at the top of our Home Page for dates and hours. A Berrien County Parks Trail Permit is required for night skiing. Always call or check the News Flash, as night ski events may be cancelled due to weather or poor trail conditions.