Equipment Rental

The winter 2021-2022 rental season has come to an end. Thanks for a fun season! See you when the snow arrives in the late fall/early winter 2022.

All Rentals

  • Are first come first served
  • Must be used in Hartley Park
  • Available 9:00 am-2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Are subject to gear availability, snow conditions, and staff availability. 

Cross country skis ($15/day)

  • During the winter, we have full packages of beginner friendly cross-country skis, boots, and poles that should fit almost anyone ages 4 and up.
  • We also have plastic skis that strap to the boots of our youngest participants (under 4).
  • All gear is for use in Hartley park only and must be returned by 2:30 pm on the day of rental.
  • Hartley Park has 5 km of groomed classic cross country ski trails for your enjoyment. Hartley Park is not groomed for skate skiing.
  • For current trail status and grooming updates please visit Duluth XC  or  Duluth Parks and Rec.
  • Great MN Ski Pass ($25 annual pass/$10 day pass) is needed for anyone 16 years old and older on the groomed ski trails and can only be purchased at a DNR license distributor (i.e. Holiday gas stations, bait shops). It is not available at Hartley Nature Center.

Snowshoes ($10/day)

  • We have aluminum adult and youth snowshoes for rent in a variety of sizes and styles.
  • Snowshoes are for use in Hartley park only and must be returned by 2:30 pm on the day of rental.
  • Snowshoes can be used on nearly 10 miles of multi-use and hiker-only trails, including the Duluth Traverse and Superior Hiking Trail. Snowshoes are not allowed on the cross-country ski trails.

Kicksleds ($10/2 hours)

Wait. What is a kicksled?

Imagine a dog sled with long steel runners underneath the user. It’s pushed along (or kicked like a scooter) and glides over snow or ice. The seat can be used to push a friend along. They work best on long straight open trails (like Old Hartley Road) that are well packed or on Hartley Pond when there is enough ice (5+”).

  • Kicksleds can be rented for half day rentals (10am-12pm or 12:30pm-2:30pm).
  • We have two sleds for adults and two sleds for youth.
  • Must be used in Hartley Park.
  • Anyone renting kicksleds will be given a free studded boot rental (must be used on the same day)

Studded (Icebug) Boots ($5/day)

  • Icebug boots have studs built into the sole of the shoe for added traction on icy trails. They are great for hiking in the shoulder (icy) season, or for use with kicksleds when traction isn’t great and you can’t get that “kick”.
  • Can be added to any kicksled rental for free.
  • Must be used in Hartley Park.
  • Currently, we only have a limited number of sizes (W 6.5 – 10.5, M 9 – 12)