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Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report March 27 2013

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Date: March 27, 2013
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, (218) 283-6670

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota: All snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park are open. The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is closed for the season. The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center to Rainy Lake City

Snowmobile Trails- see trail status list at end

With the addition of new snow, all snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park are open and in excellent condition.

The snowmobile trails in the park have been groomed and continue to be groomed on a regular basis. Park staff recommend 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 closed for the season because of deep snow and slush conditions. The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center to Rainy Lake City. 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 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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

Ice Roads

Rainy Lake Ice Road - Open to Rainy Lake City.

Kabetogama Lake Ice Road - Closed for the season

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

"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"

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Did You Know?

A beaver display at the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center.

New exhibits were installed at the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center in May of 2007.