Daley, at 9 years old, is our resident pyrotechnician. Therefore we are always looking for safe locations he can build and tend a fire, especially in the winter. We’ve roasted hot dogs over an open flame in the Brighton Beach fire shelter and heated hot cocoa over a beach fire on Wisconsin Point. We can now add roasting marshmallows at the outdoor fireplace at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
We had come across the tall stand-alone fireplace outside the Bagley Classroom while exploring Bagley Nature Area a while ago and wondered if it was for public use.
So I finally called UMD.
I was transferred to facilities management and was told it was indeed open for pubic use.
We invited some friends, packed wood and s’more-making supplies, and grabbed our sleds.
There is a kid-friendly hill that runs treeless down from the Bagley Classroom. It is not super steep, but has enough of a slope that a couple college students were able to practice snowboarding tricks to the great amusement of their much younger audience. And if you get enough speed, it will shoot you onto frozen Rock Pond.
The kids also enjoyed snow angel-making on the pond, playing in the woods, and warming up by the fire.
But it was the s’more making and eating that made it the perfect winter outing. The extra chocolate stacked high on each delightfully roasted sweet sandwich made trucking back up the hill over and over again worth it.
Where do you enjoy sledding? Know anywhere else we can (legally) build a campfire? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!