Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center

At Riverbend Recreation Area
16618 Twp. Rd. 208

Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center is open from December through March on weekends and some holidays from 11 AM to 5 PM. This year the Winter Sports Center will also be open weekdays from December 22 through January 1, conditions permitting. During the ski season, please call the center at 419-424-1555 before you go as ground and weather conditions change.

 The concession is located at RIVERBEND RECREATION AREA in Big Oaks Area at Shelter #3; the concession offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing equipment rentals.  The concession is open to the general public with rentals provided on a first come, first served basis, and operates seasonally during good snow conditions (4+ inches) from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Participants can enjoy warm refreshments and a warm fire afterwards inside the concession area of Shelter 3.Other times may be added as good conditions present themselves. Reach the Raccoon Run concession during open hours to check conditions by calling 419-424-1555.

FEES: Hourly rates are set at $7.00 per hour, or $20.00 for all day. HPD accepts checks (preferred), made payable to Hancock Park District, or cash in small denominations.  The exact amount is appreciated. Rental fees are paid when equipment is rented at the winter sports center. HPD no longer accepts any bills larger than $20 denomination for facility reservations, program fees, and concession fees (ski rentals, boat rentals, and hayrides).

  • "Night Ski" cross country ski hikes will be held at Riverbend Recreation Area on Saturday evenings from 7 PM-9 PM on December 27, January 10, January 24, and February 14. Meet in the Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center, at Shelter 3, located in the Big Oaks area. Enjoy ski trails at night at Riverbend! The Hancock Park District will be offering night skis during the snow season, as long as there are good snow conditions with a snow base of 4 inches or more. Some areas will be lit by luminaries as you make your way through the snowy trails. All you need to do is show up at the Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center and bring $5 if you have your own ski equipment, or $10 if you need to rent HPD’s. This event is not recommended for first time skiers or for younger children.
  • "Beginner Cross-Country Ski Workshops" will be conducted on Saturday mornings in January (3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, and 21) from 9 AM-10:30 AM. Meet at the Raccoon Run Winter sports Center, at Shelter 3, located in the Big Oaks area. Sign the family up for a Saturday of snowy fun! HPD will explain and demonstrate the basic ski techniques such as the proper ways to use ski equipment, how to glide, climb hills, how to get up when you fall down, how to turn around, and how to get into a good rhythm. It is suggested that all participants wear layered clothing, including hats and gloves to keep you warm and dry. Children are required to be at least 8 years of age with a participating adult. Ski rates (including equipment rental) is $12 per person. Register with payment the Friday before each workshop at the HPD office. Workshops require at least 3-5 inches of a good solid snow base.
  • Group Reservations can be made for groups of eight or more during non-public open dates and times. Call the HPD office for details.
  • All day rentals can be arranged to take equipment to other locations in Hancock County throughout the week by calling the HPD office, during normal busines hours, Monday through Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM. 
  • Trails are groomed at Riverbend during good snow conditions. Trails at Oakwoods and Litzenberg are suitable for cross-country skiing. Equipment may be taken these other park district areas.

DIRECTIONS TO RIVERBEND

CONCESSION CHART

RACCOON RUN BROCHURE - Photos provided by the Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau

RACCOON RUN DISCOUNT COUPON

Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center Concession Open for 2014-2015 Season

2015 Beginning Ski Workshops

12-27-14 Night Ski

 
 

HPD VISITOR GUIDE 

 

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HANCOCK PARK DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS
1424 East Main Cross Street
Findlay, OH 45840
419-425-PARK/7275
hpdparks@hancockparks.com

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm