Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report February 5, 2014
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, (218) 283-6670
Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report
International Falls, MN – All snowmobile trails in the park are open and staked.Snowmobile trails are in great condition with portages being groomed weekly. Most trails along lake surfaces are also being groomed weekly, making for excellent riding conditions. Please remember the snowmobile speed limit within the 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.
The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open around Dryweed Island and up to Dove Bay. The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is open from the Kabetogama Lake boat launch to the Ash River boat launch.
To reduce hazards to snowmobile users, all ice blocks are to be immediately chopped up, submerged, or hauled to land. Placement of equipment or any type of structure must be greater than 50 feet off the edge of all ice roads and 50 feet off the centerline of all snowmobile trails. Written authorization from the park is required for individuals to plow greater than 300 feet on any lake surfaces within the park.
All snowshoe trails are open.Echo Bay, Black Bay, and Tilson Connector ski trails are all open, packed, and tracked. The back loop of the Pine Trail has been reopened, which is a correction from the current issued press release.
The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is now open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. During business hours, the visitor center offers maps, information, hot cocoa, snowshoe loans, and cross-country ski rentals.
Weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at www.nps.gov/voya.
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
Rainy Lake Ice Road– Open around Dryweed Island and to Dove Bay
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road– Open
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
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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