Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for January 8, 2016

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Date: January 8, 2016
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

International Falls, MN: Trail crews have been finding adequate ice to mark additional trails this week.The remainder of the green trail from Ash River to Crane, the blue trail on Sandpoint, and the purple trail from Rainy to Kettle are now open and staked.The yellow trail from Ash River to Kettle Falls will not be staked quiet yet due to a couple of beaver ponds that do not have sufficient ice.There is a barricade placed at Kettle for the yellow trail until we open that trail.

Trail conditions along the lake surfaces are rough with little to no snow. Several pressure ridges have formed on Kabetogama Lake. These pressure ridges have been marked and are safe to cross at designated crossings along the trail system. There is also a 200-yard section of frozen, yet broken-up ice on the east end of Kabetogama Lake where caution signs have been placed.

Throughout the park, there is slush forming in the bays so please use caution.

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) –Open

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

Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) –Open

Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) –Closed

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) –Closed

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

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 –Packed, not tracked

KabAsh Trail –Not open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail –Closed

Blind Ash Bay Trail –Open, packed

Oberholtzer Trail –Open, packed

Sullivan Bay Trail –Open, packed



Last updated: January 8, 2016

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International Falls, MN 56649


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