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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report January 15, 2014

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Date: January 15, 2014
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

International Falls, MN All snowmobile trails in the park are open and staked.Snowmobile trails are in good condition with some drifting on larger lake surfaces. Please remember the snowmobile speed limit within the 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.

The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open around Dryweed Island and up to Dove Bay. The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is currently closed, but plowing has begun; the road could tentatively be open by Friday, January 17.

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 feet off the edge of all ice roads and 50 feet off the centerline of all snowmobile trails. Written authorization from the park is required for individuals to plow greater than 300 feet on any lake surfaces within the park.

All snowshoe trails are open.Echo Bay, Black Bay, and Tilson Connector ski trails are all open, packed, and tracked.

The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. During business hours, the visitor center offers maps, information, hot cocoa, snowshoe loans, and cross-country ski rentals.

Weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at www.nps.gov/voya.

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 and staked

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Open and staked

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open and staked

Rainy Lake Ice Road– Open around Dryweed Island and to Dove Bay

Kabetogama Lake Ice Road– Closed, but could tentatively be open by Friday January 17

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

KabAsh Trail – Open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail – Open

Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open

Oberholtzer Trail – Open and packed

Sullivan Bay Trail – Open and packed

STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"

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