Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report January 8, 2014

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Date: January 8, 2014
Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

International Falls, MN The purple and yellow snowmobile trails leading up to Kettle Falls along Rainy Lake and Namakan Lake are open and staked. The green trail from Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake, Ash River, and Crane Lake is open and staked. All other snowmobile trails are closed at this time, but ice checking continues throughout the park. 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 overland portages.

With the cold temperatures the slush conditions have healed up very well, but there are now sections of frozen slush along the trails making them rough is spots so use caution when traveling along lake surfaces and trails.

The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open to the Black Bay Ski Trail.

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.

All snowshoe trails are open.Echo Bay, Black Bay, and Tilson Connector ski trails are now all open, packed, and tracked.

The Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. During business hours, the visitor center offers maps, information, hot cocoa, snowshoe loans, and cross-country ski rentals.

Weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at


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) – Not open

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

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Not open


Rainy Lake Ice Road– Open to Black Bay Ski Trail

Kabetogama Lake Ice Road- Closed


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

Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open

Oberholtzer Trail – Open and packed

Sullivan Bay Trail – Open and packed





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