Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report for March 11, 2015

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Date: March 11, 2015
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN –Warm weather is changing winter trail conditions quickly.

Due to holes and honeycombing on the ice surface, The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road has closed for the season. The Rainy Lake Ice Road currently remains open at this time, but park staff will monitor conditions on a daily basis.

Snowmobile trails will be groomed through the end of the week as conditions allow. With forecasted warm temperatures, trail conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly, and lake surfaces and portages may be devoid of snow soon. Trail stakes will remain through the weekend, but are planned for removal next week. Use caution and watch for slush, holes, and open water.

This will also be the last week of groomed ski trails.

Please remember that due to wolf interaction, short sections of the Green and Yellow Trails on Namakan Lake near the Moose River Grade have been closed and rerouted. The Green Trail reroute follows the south side of Namakan Island to near Cemetery Island and the Green, Yellow, and Orange Trail junctions.

Another winter season is coming to a close. Thanks to all park maintenance staff and gateway community snowmobile clubs, International Voyageurs, Ash River –Kabetogama Snowdrifters, and Voyageur Trail Society, that helped to make it a success.

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

Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) –Open, staked, and groomed

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

*Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) Open, staked, and groomed

Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) –Open, staked, and groomed

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

*Rudder Bay (Orange Trail) –Open, staked, and groomed

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

*Trails reroutes are in effect. Rerouted trails are staked and groomed.

Rainy Lake Ice RoadOpen to Cranberry Bay and around Dryweed Island

Kabetogama Lake Ice RoadClosed

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail –Open, packed, and tracked

Black Bay Ski Trail –Open, packed, and tracked

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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