Maple tree tapping returns to Wayzata Big Woods

The Wayzata Parks & Trails Board has announced that it’s annual Maple Tree Tapping event will return after a brief pause for the pandemic.

Wayzata residents tap maple trees in years past. File photo – Dan Gustafson

All spots for this event have been filled according to Parks & Trails Board Member Merrily Babcock, although observation spots are still available.

The timing of the event varies dependent largely on the weather–required temperatures need to be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day.

Making maple syrup from sap tapped from maple trees involves several steps:

  1. Identify Maple Trees: Look for sugar, black, or red maple trees, as these are the most commonly used for syrup production. The trees should be at least 10 inches in diameter at chest height.
  2. Tap the Trees: Drill a small hole into the trunk of the maple tree, then insert a spile (a tap) into the hole. Make sure to tap the trees at the right time of year, typically late winter to early spring when the temperatures are above freezing during the day and below freezing at night.
  3. Collect the Sap: Attach a bucket or tubing to the spile to collect the sap as it flows out of the tree. Alternatively, you can use a vacuum pump system to speed up the sap flow.
  4. Boil the Sap: Pour the collected sap into a large pot and heat it over a fire or on a stove. Boil the sap until it reaches a temperature of 219°F, which is when the sap has reduced to the desired consistency.
  5. Filter the Syrup: Strain the boiled sap to remove any impurities or debris. You can use a cheesecloth or filter paper to achieve a clear, amber-colored syrup.
  6. Can the Syrup: Pour the filtered syrup into jars or containers and store it in a cool, dark place. If canned correctly, the syrup can last for several years.

If you are intersted in regisering for an observation spot, visit to sign up.

Daniel Gustafson & Elisha Gustafson Realtors
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