Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for December 14, 2016

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Date: December 14, 2016
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

International Falls, MN: Due to the lack of safe ice at this time, all snowmobile and ski trails are closed with the exception of the Echo Bay Ski Trail, which has been packed, but not tracked. Snowshoe trails are open but not packed.
Park staff has started checking ice conditions and found there is not significant ice to stake trails. Please remember to think twice during this time of thin ice, when in doubt, stay off the ice.  For more information on general ice thickness safety guidelines, please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at
This winter season, the most up-to-date information regarding Voyageurs’ ice and trail conditions will be posted each Wednesday to the park’s Facebook page (VoyageursNPS) and on the park’s website at
Future winter ice and trail condition press releases will be issued only during major changes in trail conditions.
Snowmobile Trails
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – Closed
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) – Closed
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 – Packed, not tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail – Not open
Tilson Connector Trail – Not open
KabAsh Trail – Not open
Snowshoe Trails
Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail – Closed
Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open, not packed
Oberholtzer Trail – Open, not packed
Sullivan Bay Trail – Open, not packed
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail – Open, not packed

Last updated: December 14, 2016

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Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649


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