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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report February 12, 2014

Snowmobiling to Grassy Bay Cliffs
Snowmobiling to Grassy Bay Cliffs

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News Release Date: February 12, 2014
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

International Falls, MN Enjoy the ease of snowmobiling on groomed surfaces at Voyageurs National Park thanks in part to the park's gateway community snowmobile clubs: International Voyageur, Ash River – Kabetogama Snowdrifters, and Voyageur Trail Society.

Visitors to the park can enjoy the groomed trails by visiting a scenic rock formation, Grassy Bay Cliffs. Located on Sand Point Lake between the communities of Ash River and Crane Lake, Grassy Bay received its name from being a portage that was most likely used during the fur trade. The portage was a short cut between Sand Point Lake and Namakan Lake, and its earliest map reference was in 1913 on the International Joint Commission map.

Outstanding geologic outcrops, such as Grassy Bay Cliffs, are one of the reasons Voyageurs National Park was established. Visitors to this area of the park can see a unique outcrop of the Lac La Croix biotite granite, the same rocks that make up much of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. While the geologic story of the park dates back 2.8 billion years and shows a variety of different geologic features, this outcrop shows some of the "younger" rocks of the park, "only" 2.6 billion years old. In addition to its impressive age, this rock outcrop reaches more than 80 feet high and is truly a scenic experience.

Below is this week's winter trail conditions report. All reports are available on the park's website at www.nps.gov/voya.

Snowmobile Trails

Speed limits in the park are 45 mph on lake surfaces and 25 mph on land portages.

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed

Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed

Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed

Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed

Rainy Lake Ice Road– Open around Dryweed Island

Kab - Ash Ice Road– Open

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, and tracked

Black Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, and tracked

Tilson Connector Trail – Open, packed, and tracked

Kab-Ash Trail – Open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail – Open

Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open

Oberholtzer Trail – Open

Sullivan Bay Trail – Open

"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"

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Did You Know?

A volunteer trail crew working on the Kab Ash Trail in Voyageurs National Park

Volunteers helped to maintain and clear park trails, such as the 24 mile-long Kab Ash Trail.