Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for December 24, 2014

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Date: December 24, 2014
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

International Falls, MN –Changing temperature conditions and lack of snow cover continue to slow winter trail progress. The green trail from Rainy Lake/Franks Bay to Kabetogama Lake/Crane Lake is open and staked. Lake ice and overland portages have minimal snow cover with standing water and slush along the trail and portages. Conditions are poor on both the lake and portages. Use caution while traveling along the trail system. All other snowmobile trails are closed at this time, but ice checking and portage clearing continues.

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 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.

The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is closed on Thursday and Friday, December 25-26, for the Christmas holiday. New hours begin on Saturday, December 27, 2014, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. During business hours, the visitor center offers maps, information, and hot cocoa. Snowshoe and cross-country ski loans 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) Open and staked

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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