Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for December 10, 2014

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Date: December 10, 2014
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

International Falls, MN The 2014-15 winter trail season is underway. The green trail from Rainy Lake/Franks Bay to Kabetogama Lake/Ash River is open and staked. All other snowmobile trails are closed at this time, but ice checking and overland portage clearing continues. Rangers have placed some thin ice signs in the park, but due to changing temperature conditions and the early nature of the season, anyone traveling onto frozen lake surfaces should use caution.

Please remember the snowmobile speed limit within the park is 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages. Speed limit signs are posted at trailheads and overland portages.

Ski trails do not have significant snow accumulation to allow grooming at this time. Snowshoe trails are open, but not packed, and snow accumulation is poor.

To reduce hazards to snowmobile users, all ice blocks are to be immediately chopped up, submerged, or hauled to land. Placement of equipment or any type of structure must be greater than 50 feet off the edge of all ice roads and 50 feet off the centerline of all snowmobile trails. Written authorization from the park is required for individuals to plow greater than 300 feet on any lake surfaces within the park.

The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. During business hours, the visitor center offers maps, information, and hot cocoa. Snowshoe loans and cross-country ski rentals have not started for the season.

The most up to date winter trail conditions are available on our website at www.nps.gov/voya.

Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) –Closed

Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) –Open and staked

Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) –Closed

Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) –Closed

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) –Closed

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) –Closed

Rainy Lake Ice Road–Closed

Kabetogama Lake Ice Road–Closed

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail –Not open

Black Bay Ski Trail –Not open

Tilson Connector Trail –Not open

KabAsh Trail –Not open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail –Open, not packed

Blind Ash Bay Trail –Open, not packed

Oberholtzer Trail –Open, not packed

Sullivan Bay Trail –Open, not packed

"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"

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