Voyageurs national park winter ice and trail conditions report for December 28
Contact: Jim Hummel, 218-283-6670
Over the past week ice conditions have not changed significantly due to mild temperatures in the Voyageurs National Park region. Early season lake ice and snow conditions have made it possible to open and stake the Green Trail from Rainy Lake to Kabetogama Lake and on to the Ash River community. As of today, no pressure ridges have formed along the Green Trail. Snowmobiling conditions are smooth on lake surfaces. Overland portages have adequate snow for traveling, but conditions are occasionally rough. Also, with the recent snowfall, pockets of slush are beginning to form and travelers are urged to use caution. The balance of snowmobile trails is not open at this time and travel is not recommended in any areas other than the marked Green Trail. Lake surface ice safety checks in Voyageurs National Park are ongoing and an update on snowmobile travel status will be reported early next week.
Please remember that the snowmobile speed limit within Voyageurs National 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. Regular weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at www.nps.gov/voya.
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – Not Open
Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River – Open & Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) – Not Open
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Not Open
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Not Open
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Not Open
Rainy Lake Ice Road– CLOSED
Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open and in fair condition
Black Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed and in fair condition
Tilson Connector Trail – Open Packed and Tracked
KabAsh Trail – Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open
Sullivan Bay Trail – Open
Oberholtzer Trail – Open
“STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE”
ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARD
Did You Know?
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.