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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for March 5, 2014

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Date: March 5, 2014
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN – Snowfall has picked up over the last few weeks, creating a great opportunity to experience Voyageurs National Park by snowshoe.

Near the Ash River Visitor Center is the Sullivan Bay Snowshoe Trail. From a small parking area on Meadwood Road, this easy to follow path gradually rises from the road into the woods. Watch for plenty of animal tracks, including wolf, deer, squirrel, and snowshoe hare; you may even see the animals. The trail is a round trip hike of 1.5 miles. Snowshoers will often have first "human" tracks after a good snowfall.

The trail ends on a small cliff overlooking Sullivan Bay. Inspired visitors can scramble down to the lake surface and continue their adventure onto the bay. With a picnic table at the end of the trail, bring your lunch along and enjoy this scenic spot in your 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.

Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile trails are in fair condition with pockets of slush showing up on lake surfaces.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 to Dove Bay and spurs to east of Dryweed Island

Kab - Ash Ice Road– Open from the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center to Bowman Island

– Open from the Ash River Visitor Center to Mud Bay

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?

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!