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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report April 10, 2013

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Date: April 10, 2013
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota - With the warm weather, trail conditions in the park are starting to deteriorate. All snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park remain open but there are some bare spots on the lake surfaces and portage trails.

Snowmobile Trails - see trail status list at end
With the warm weather, trail conditions in the park are starting to deteriorate. All snowmobile trails in the park are open at this time. Grooming on all trails has ended for the season. Exercise extreme caution when traveling on the lake surfaces due to rough or bare ice conditions in some areas, as well as bare spots on the portage trails. Be aware of hazardous slush conditions.

A reminder that the snowmobile speed limit in the park is 45 mph on lake surfaces and 25 mph on the land trails.

Ice Roads - see trail status list at end
The Kabetogama Lake and Rainy Lake Ice Roads are closed for the season because of deteriorating ice conditions.

Snowshoe Trails - see trail status list at end
All snowshoe trails in the park are open. Grooming on all trails has ended for the season; expect trail conditions to deteriorate as temperatures continue to rise. Snowshoes are available for loan at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls, Arrowhead Lodge in Kabetogama, and Ash Trail Lodge in Ash River. Take advantage of this opportunity to try this winter activity.

Cross-Country Ski Trails - see trail status list at end
The Echo Bay, Tilson Connector, and Black Bay Ski Trails are open. Grooming on all trails has ended for the season; expect trail conditions to deteriorate as temperatures continue to rise. Ski rentals at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls have ended for the season.

Snowmobile Trails
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) - Open and Staked
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open and Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open and Staked
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) - Open and Staked
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open and Staked
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) - Open and Staked

Ice Roads
Rainy Lake Ice Road - Closed for the season
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road - Closed for the season

Ski Trails
Echo Bay Ski Trail - Open
Black Bay Ski Trail - Open
Tilson Connector - Open

Snowshoe Trails
Sullivan Bay Trail - Open

Did You Know?

close-up view of showy ladyslipper orchid, Minnesota's state flower

You can view yellow and showy ladyslipper orchids outside of the Kabetogama Visitor Center in Voyageurs National Park. Blooms typically occur in late spring or early summer. Call ahead for details.