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Winter Ice and Trails Report - Dec 15 2011

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Date: December 15, 2011
Contact: James Hummel, 218-283-6600

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota: Aircraft observations last Sunday, December 11, 2011 revealed extensive open water and new thin ice on all major lakes within Voyageurs National Park. The existing ice is deceptively attractive and near shore testing by park staff has revealed ice thickness ranging from 1½ inches to 11 inches. In addition, the ice lacks visible signs of diminishing thickness without removing and inspecting ice wedges for quality and thickness.

During the overflight, open water was observed on the following lakes:

  • Rainy Lake north of Black Bay and east to the east shoreline
  • Kabetogama Lake from Blind Indian Narrows east to the east shoreline of Namakan Lake
  • Sand Point Lake-middle lake area  

Current conditions are not adequate to support snowmobile use and travel is not recommended on any lake surface.  

"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"
ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARD  

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A volunteer trail crew working on the Kab Ash Trail in Voyageurs National Park

Volunteers helped to maintain and clear park trails, such as the 24 mile-long Kab Ash Trail.