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Voyageurs national park  winter ice and trail conditions report for December 28

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Date: December 28, 2010
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.


Snowmobile Trails

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


Ski Trails

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


Snowshoe Trails

Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open  

Sullivan Bay Trail – Open

Oberholtzer Trail – Open




Did You Know?

Happy kids relax in the snow during a class fieldtrip to the park.

Voyageurs National Park is a great place to snowshoe in the winter. Bring your own or borrow a pair from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center for free!