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Winter Ice and Trails Report for Jan 13 2012

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Date: January 13, 2012
Contact: Jim Hummel, 218-283-6650

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota:

Snowmobile Trails - see trail status list at end
The park has staked the Blue Trail from East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake.

Please remember that hazardous pressure ridges continue to be an issue along the Green Trail on Kabetogama Lake. Staff continue to re-route the trail in problem areas to provide a safer passage through the pressure ridges. Due to frequent and extreme changes to the pressure ridges, snowmobilers should use extreme caution and only cross the pressure ridges at designated crossings along the staked route. Slow travel speeds are highly recommended. Snowmobile land portages have rough riding conditions due to minimal snow cover.

Outstanding scenery is one of the reasons why Voyageurs National Park was established. Please enjoy the scenery as you ride and follow the snowmobile speed limit of 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages. Speed limit signs are posted at trailheads and overland portages

Regular 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 & Staked
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open & Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open & Staked
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) - Not Open
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open & Staked
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) - Open & Staked

Ice Roads
Rainy Lake Ice Road - Open to Rainy Lake City
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road - Starting, Saturday, January 14 - Open between the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center Boat Launch and the Ash River Visitor Center Boat Launch

Ski Trails
Echo Bay Ski Trail - Open with minimal snow cover
Black Bay Ski Trail- Not Open
Tilson Connector Trail- Not Open
KabAsh Trail- Open with minimal snow cover

Snowshoe Trails

Blind Ash Bay Trail - Open with minimal snow cover
Sullivan Bay Trail - Open and tracked
Oberholtzer Trail - Open with minimal snow cover

"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"
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Did You Know?

Children's corner at the Kabetomaga Lake Visitor Center

You can make a voyageur trinket, stamp a track or try on voyageurs clothing at a children's corner in a park visitor center.