Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller, 5, of Belle Plaine, gives logrolling a try at Lake Ann Beach in Chanhassen on the Fourth of July in 2018. The event is back again this year.

Are you nimble on your feet? Or do you enjoy splashing in the water on a hot summer day?

Then logrolling might be the sport for you.

Carver County Parks will bring one of its logs to Lake Ann Park on the Fourth of July. The program, held in partnership with Chanhassen Parks & Recreation, is free and open to the public.

“Logrolling’s history is tied in with Minnesota’s logging industry, which makes it sort of a local activity,” explained Carver County Recreation and Volunteer Specialist Micah Ostergard. “Not very many places in the world will you see logrolling offered. Not only is it up-and-coming in popularity, it’s something anyone can easily try at least once,” Ostergard said.

“Only in recent history have synthetic logs been invented, which makes it possible for local parks and recreation departments to offer it for programming. You will see it more and more in community pools and the shores of summer cabins,” Ostergard said.

Ostergard notes that he now has the hang of the sport. “Two years ago at the Carver County Fair, a lot of people wanted me to do a demonstration and I eventually figure out how to stay on indefinitely … with the training paddles,” he said.

“There is a steep learning curve and the first few times anyone attempts logrolling is usually met with a splash,” Ostergard said. “However, once it clicks and they can stay on top, it’s like a kid first learning how to ride a bike!”

Can’t make it to the Fourth of July logrolling? Ostergard recommends checking out the Carver County parks calendar, checking with local community education for public lessons, or booking private party.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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