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    Voyageurs

    National Park Minnesota

Winter Ice and Trails Report - Jan 04 2012

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Date: January 4, 2012
Contact: Jim Hummel, 218-283-6650

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota: On Wednesday, January 5, the Purple Trail from International Falls to Kettle Falls and the Yellow Trail from Ash River to Kettle Falls opened due to improved ice and snow conditions.

Hazardous pressure ridges remain along the Green Trail on Kabetogama Lake. Staff have re-routed the trail in some spots 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.

Park staff continue to find insufficient ice along the Green Trail from Ash River to Crane Lake, requiring this section of the Trail to remain closed. Staff will evaluate ice conditions early next week as cooler temperatures are expected to settle into the area.

The Sullivan Bay snowshoe trail is now open and tracked. This trail is located along the Ash River Visitor Center entrance road. Travel about two miles in on the entrance road and look for the snowshoe sign on your right that marks the trail.

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) - Not Open
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) - Not Open

Rainy Lake Ice Road  - Open to Black Bay Ski Trail

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?

close-up view of showy ladyslipper orchid, Minnesota's state flower

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.