Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report January 17 2013
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218 283-6670
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota: All snowmobile, ski, and snowshoe trails in the park are open and generally in good condition. Use caution when travelling on the lake surfaces and be aware that you may encounter pressure ridges or other hazards.
Snowmobile Trails - see trail status list at end
Hazardous pressure ridges are still present, but have not been too active. Snowmobilers must continue to use extreme caution and only cross the pressure ridges at designated crossings along the staked route. 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 Lake 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 the Black Bay Ski Trail.
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.
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
Rainy Lake Ice Road - Open to Black Bay Ski Trail
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road - Open between the Kabetogama Lake and Ash River Visitor Centers
Echo Bay Ski Trail - Open, packed, and tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail - Open, packed, and tracked
Tilson Connector - Open, packed, and tracked
Sullivan Bay Trail - Open
"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"
ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARDS
Did You Know?
You can view yellow and showy ladyslipper orchids outside of the Kabetogama Visitor Center in Voyageurs National Park. Blooms typically occur in late spring or early summer. Call ahead for details.