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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report 1/3/13

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Date: January 3, 2013
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?

wolves move across a frozen pond in winter

Voyageurs National Park is home to several wolf packs. Listen for their distinctive howl or look for fresh tracks in the winter.