Winter fun in Whitewater


Katie McIlheran

A new “Sled Shed” now resides at Tripp Lake Park for community members to use over the winter months Jan. 21, 2022.

Dauntae Green, Managing Editor

In the winter season there can be many things to do in Whitewater that would be fun, chaotic, and can be what you need to help make memories. You can go hiking on hike trails, snowshoeing and sledding down hills nearing Trippe Lake. Check out the ice rink at the Big Brick Park and play hockey there with your friends. There’s the city’s indoor food market happening every Saturday. There are a couple of special events happening too, such as the Valentine’s Day Hike, and the Whitewater Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and 46th Annual Fish-A-Ree. 

“The downtown Whitewater organization puts on the indoor market at the library every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. There are fresh vegetables and eggs and some other crafts from local artists,” said Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce coordinator of operations and events Mary Cottle. “The ice rink at Big Brick Park is open for all ages and Monday through Friday 3 – 6 p.m. then Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 3 p.m. Then hockey is again for all ages Monday through Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m. Where to go ice fishing? Head to Rice Lake or Whitewater Lake. 

There are actually a couple of hikes taking place coming up over the next few months. February 14th features a Valentine’s Day Hike that begins at 6 p.m. and another later hike comes on March 16, which is a guided Moonlight Hike. 

There are a couple of events that are happening soon that support the community, provide some winter fun, and make memories too.

“The hikes are big ones: The Valentine’s Day Hike and The Moonlight Hike. The Whitewater Lions Club is hosting their 46th Annual Fish-A-Ree on Valentine’s Day with a breakfast Sunday, Feb. 13 from 6 – 11 a.m. During that whole event, they’re going to be serving breakfast and the event is a competition. You get some prizes, depending on who has the best fish,” said Cottle. “The Book Teller here in town will be hosting Dr. Ozalle Toms speaking about her new memoir, which will be taking place Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. 

There are always ways to find new memories in Whitewater even if it is snowy. Just bundle up to go take those hikes, make a snowman, go snowshoeing or have snowball fights. These events are part of the community that can be a place of support, fun and full of interesting ways to do something different. Go out there, have fun and make new memories in the winter wonderland of Whitewater.