Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report March 13, 2013
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, (218) 283-6670
Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota: With the addition of new snow, all snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park are open and in excellent condition.
Snowmobile Trails- see trail status list at end
The snowmobile trails in the park have been groomed and continue to be groomed on a regular basis. Park staff recommends staying on the designated trails on the lake surfaces because of hazardous slush conditions off of the packed trail.Also be aware of frozen ruts in the slush off of the established trail.
A reminder that the snowmobile speed limit in the park is 45 mph on lake surfaces and 25 mph on the land trails.
Ice Roads- see trail status list at end
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 Dove Bay and Drywood Island. It is no longer open on the north side of Dryweed Island due to slush. The speed limit on the ice roads is 30 mph.
Placement of equipment or any type of structure must be greater than 50 feet off the center of all snowmobile trails and 50 feet of off the edge of the plowed ice road. 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, Tilson Connector, and Black Bay Ski Trails are open and 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 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 to Drywood Island.
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?
Volunteers helped to maintain and clear park trails, such as the 24 mile-long Kab Ash Trail.