Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for February 19, 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.
The Chain of Lakes trail is one of the most scenic and solitary snowmobile rides a visitor can experience in a national park. This trail departs from the green trail along the Black Bay Portage. The first section to Locator Lake is two-way traffic; the narrow trail beyond is one-way until it reconnects with the green trail on Kabetogama Lake.
The Chain of Lakes area describes a series of interior lakes on the Kabetogama Peninsula (Locator, War Club, Quill, and Loiten) that form a nearly straight line of water/ice. This linear formation of lakes was no accident; a long fault (a place where rocks broke apart and moved in the past) underlies these lakes. When continental glaciers scoured the landscape thousands of years ago, these massive ice sheets exploited the weaknesses in this faulted-rock, creating deep gouges in the land surface. Later, when the ice sheets melted, the gouges filled with water, becoming the Chain of Lakes.
Enjoy scenic vistas of frozen lakes, babbling streams, snow-covered hillsides, and wildlife tracks. Watch for moose, wolves, deer, snowshoe hares, and other cold-adapted animals. Don't let the scenery pass you by; take a moment to pull over along the frozen Chain of Lakes to immerse yourself in the solitary winter landscape of Voyageurs National Park.
Below is this week's winter trail conditions report. All reports are available on the park's website at www.nps.gov/voya.
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
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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Did You Know?
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!