The Berrien County Parks Commission provides cross-country skiing opportunities at Madeline Bertrand and Love Creek.
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. Call anytime for an update on current trail conditions or check the news section at the top of our website homepage. Both parks also maintain Facebook pages where trail condition updates are posted.
Please note that dogs and sleds are not allowed on our groomed ski 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.
Love Creek offers 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.
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 & under) is $5.
- The daily rental rate for adults is $10.
Winter Building and Ski Rental Hours
Ski equipment is available for use at Madeline Bertrand from 10 am until 5 pm (Wednesday through Sunday) and for all lighted night ski events.
Ski equipment is available for use at Love Creek from 10 am until 5 pm (Wednesday through Sunday).
NOTE: Additional days and hours may be available depending on trail contitions and current daylight hours. Check the news section of our website homepage for current hours.
Equipment checkout closes 90 minutes prior to the rental and/or night ski event closing time for the day. (In other words, skis must be checked out by 3:30 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!)
- 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.
(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 are required to obtain and display a ski trail permit while skiing.
- The ski trail fee for adults is $5 per day.
- The ski trail fee for youth (ages 15 & 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 - Great Fun!
Conditions permitting, lighted night skiing is available at Madeline Bertrand on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 pm. Check Homepage News Section for dates & hours. Berrien County Parks Trail Permit required for night skiing.
Important Night Ski Note: Always call or check the news section at the top of our homepage, as night ski events may be cancelled due to weather or poor trail conditions.