December is the beginning of the mild to the cold winter season in Louisiana with partly cloudy skies. The southern location of the state in the continent and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico keep the days warm in the 57°F (13.9°C) to 65°F (18.3°C) range. Nights are cold and occasionally below freezing, with the average lows in the 35°F (1.7°C) to 50°F (10°C) zone. Precipitation is on the wane in the dry season, and snowfall is rare. The ocean waters are cold in the 53°F (11.7°C) to 58°F (14.4°C) range, while cold river waters result in foggy mornings. Wildlife includes deer, rabbits, and beavers, with numerous whitetail deer in the rural areas of the north. Enthusiasts trade fishing poles for hunting guns, as the abundant pine and hardwood forests see large deer herds. The Bald Eagle Nest Trail at south Toledo Bend State Park sees visitors even in winter. Large indoor ice skating rinks compensate for the low amount of snow. December lies in the vacation calendar of budget travelers to Louisiana.