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Contact: Jim Hummel, 218-283-6600
Voyageurs National Park staff has begun checking lake ice conditions throughout the park. Aerial monitoring has shown ice covering all lake surfaces though much of the ice on the east end of Rainy Lake and Namakan Lake has only recently formed over the past 5 to 7 days. Seemingly attractive yet extremely dangerous conditions continue to exist in these areas due to the layering of ice, slush and water created from the earlier snowfall and warmer temperatures. Travel should not be conducted on any frozen lake surfaces due to these conditions. Ice quality and thickness along the route between Black Bay and the Ash River community and north of Crane Lake is currently being evaluated. Dangerous thin ice exists in many locations, especially in the area of Springer’s Point on Rainy Lake, north and east of Ash River and north of Mukooda Lake on Sand Point Lake. If cold temperatures continue, park staff hopes to have the Green Trail between Rainy Lake and the Ash River community staked and open for use by Christmas.
Weekly reports will begin on Thursday, December 23, 2010 with additional updates provided as trail conditions improve.