Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report 1/3/13
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670
Over the past week ice conditions have improved significantly on the large lakes in the area which has allowed for the opening of most snowmobile trails within in the park. Trails are generally in good condition but additional snow is needed on the land trails to provide a good base. There are pressure ridges present on area lakes that create a safety hazard when travelling the lake surface. Use extreme caution when travelling away from the staked trail and be aware of the possibility of encountering thin or rough ice, fish houses, skiers, and other snowmobiles.
Starting next week, park crews will be out clearing brush along the portages and the Chain of Lakes Trail. Please use caution when travelling on these areas and watch for crews working on and alongside the trail.
Following is the current status of the park's trails.
Green Trail from Frank's Bay to Crane LakeOpen and staked
Blue trail from North Namakan to Sand pointOpen and staked
Purple Trail from Rainy Lake VC to Kettle FallsOpen and staked
Yellow Trail from Ash River to Kettle FallsOpen and staked
Chain of Lakes trailClosed
Echo Bay Ski TrailOpen/packed
Black Bay Ski TrailOpen poor conditions
Sullivan Bay Snowshoe trailOpen
Rainy Lake Ice RoadClosed
Kabetogama Ice RoadOpen from Kabetogama Visitor Center to Nebraska Bay.
"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"
ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARD
Did You Know?
Your choice in fishing tackle can have an effect on park wildlife. It takes only one lead sinker to kill a loon. Non-lead alternatives are available in local stores and at Voyageurs National Park visitor centers.