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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report Jan 23 2013

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Date: January 23, 2013
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota: All snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park are open and are generally in good condition. During this extreme cold weather, use caution when travelling, and bring along a winter survival kit. With these extreme temperatures, a mechanical problem or running out of gas could be a life threatening incident.

Snowmobile Trails- see trail status list at end

Park crews will be out this week clearing brush and improving the Chain of Lakes Trail. Please use caution when travelling in the park and watch for crews working on and alongside the trail. A reminder that the snowmobile speed limit in the park is 45mph on lake surfaces and 25mph on the land trails.

Ice Roads- see trail status list at end

Crews have been working on the ice roads on both Rainy and Kabetogama Lakes. The Kabetogama Ice Road is open from the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center to the Ash River Visitor Center. The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center to Bushyhead Island, and park crews continue to make progress opening the rest of the road.

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' off the center of all ice roads and snowmobile trails. Written authorization from the park is required for individuals to plow any lake surfaces within the park.

Snowshoe Trails- see trail status list at end

All snowshoe trails in the park are open. Snowshoes are available for loan at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls, Arrowhead Lodge in Kabetogama, and Ash Trail Lodge in Ash River. Take advantage of this opportunity to try this winter activity.

Cross-Country Ski Trails - see trail status list at end

The Echo Bay and Tilson Connector Ski Trails are open and tracked. The Black Bay Ski Trail is open and the novice loop tracked. The Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls has adult-sized skis available for rent and children's skis available for loan during business hours. The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Snowmobile Trails

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

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open and Staked

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) - Open and Staked

Ice Roads

Rainy Lake Ice Road - Open to Bushyhead Island

Kabetogama Lake Ice Road - Open between the Kabetogama Lake and Ash River Visitor Centers

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail - Open, packed, and tracked

Black Bay Ski Trail - Open, packed, and tracked

Tilson Connector - Open, packed, and tracked

Snowshoe Trails

Sullivan Bay Trail - Open

Did You Know?

wolves move across a frozen pond in winter

Voyageurs National Park is home to several wolf packs. Listen for their distinctive howl or look for fresh tracks in the winter.