Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for January 14, 2015

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Date: January 14, 2015
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN –All trails within the park are now open.

Snowmobile portages are groomed. Full grooming on lake surfaces will occur as ice conditions allow. Conditions on frozen lake surfaces are rough. Snowdrifts have frozen and create hazardous conditions off-trail. Use caution at night and during low visibility.

The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open from the visitor center to Cranberry Bay, and around portions of Dryweed Island. The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is now open from the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center Boat Launch to the Ash River Visitor Center Boat Launch.

Ski trails are open, packed, and tracked. Conditions are fair to good. Snowshoe trails are open, but not packed.

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. The speed limit for the ice road is 30 mph.

When ice fishing, please remember holes must be drilled at least 50 feet from ice roads and snowmobile trails. 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 Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. During business hours, the visitor center offers maps, information, and hot cocoa. Visitors may borrow snowshoe and cross-country skis, but must be returned the same day.

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) –Open and staked

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) –Open and staked

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) –Open and staked

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) –Open and staked

Rainy Lake Ice RoadOpen to Cranberry Bay, and around portions of Dryweed Island

Kabetogama Lake Ice RoadOpen

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail –Open, packed, and tracked

Black Bay Ski Trail –Open, packed, and tracked –Pine Loop rocky in places.

Tilson Connector Trail –Open, packed, and tracked

KabAsh Trail –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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Last updated: April 10, 2015

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International Falls, MN 56649

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