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February 16, 2011 Winter Ice and Trails Report

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Date: February 16, 2011
Contact: Park Headquarters, 218-283-6600

Snowmobiling conditions continue to improve in Voyageurs National Park. The Purple Trail from Black Bay to Kettle Falls is now open and staked. Overland portages are regularly groomed and are in good condition. Slush conditions have improved significantly, but travelers should continue to use caution due to slush pockets still present in areas throughout the park. Frequent ice checking operations are ongoing. Weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at www.nps.gov/voya.

Please remember that the snowmobile speed limit within Voyageurs National Park is 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages. Speed limit signs are posted at trailheads and overland portages.  

Snowmobile Trails
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – Open & Staked
Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) – Open & Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) – Open & Staked
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Not Open
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Open & Staked
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open & Staked

Rainy Lake Ice Road – CLOSED

Ski Trails
Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, tracked and in good condition
Black Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, tracked and in good condition
Tilson Connector Trail – Open, packed, tracked and in good condition
KabAsh Trail – Open

Snowshoe Trails
Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open  
Sullivan Bay Trail – Open
Oberholtzer Trail – Open

“STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE”
ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARD

Did You Know?

Park volunteer, Ida Mainville steers a canoe full of modern-day voyageurs.

You can see the park just as the voyageurs did over 200 years ago. Each summer the park offers guided trips aboard a 26-foot North Canoe.