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Release Date:March 7, 2012
Contact:Jim Hummel, 218-283-6650
Voyageurs National Park Winter Trail Conditions Report
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota:The final weekend of great snowmobiling conditions may be quickly approaching! With the addition of fresh snow today and tomorrow, winter trails in the park remain in excellent condition with a solid base of 15-20" of snow. All of the park's 110 miles of snowmobile trails and over 10 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails are open. Travel along the lake trails offers snowmobilers a ride through a national park with opportunities to view wildlife and scenic grandeur. Skiers will see numerous animal tracks and signs of wildlife as they travel through the forests.
Snowmobile Trails- see trail status list at end
Hazardous pressure ridges are still present, but are easily negotiated. Snowmobilers must continue to use extreme caution and only cross the pressure ridges at designated crossings along the staked route.Slow travel speeds are highly recommended.
Crews will continue to groom all trails through the coming weekend. However, due to the forecasted warm temperatures and rain next week, grooming operations are expected to discontinue for the season on Monday March 12, 2012.
Outstanding scenery is one of the reasons why Voyageurs National Park was established. Please enjoy the scenery as you ride and follow the snowmobile speed limit of 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages.Speed limit signs are posted at trailheads and overland portages.
Ice Roads- see trail status list at end
The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road and Rainy Lake Ice Road will remain open as long as the ice is safe. Park staff will closely monitor the roads especially with the warm temperatures forecasted to occur next week. These roads will be closed and posted when conditions are determined unsafe for travel.
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' off the center of all ice roads and snowmobile trails. Written authorization from the park is required for individuals to plow any lake surfaces within the park.
Snowshoe Trails- see trail status list at end
All snowshoe trails are open, but conditions are changing quickly with the warmer weather.
Cross-Country Ski Trails- see trail status list at end
The park will continue to pack and track all ski trails until conditions are no longer favorable. The park's trails are the Black Bay Ski Trails and the Tilson Connector Trail near the Rainy Lake Visitor Center and the Echo Bay Trail system in Kabetogama.
The Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls has adult-sized skis (with boots and poles) available for rent and children's skis (with boots and poles) available for loan during business hours. The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
Regular weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at www.nps.gov/voya.
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) - Open & Staked
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open & Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open & Staked
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) - Open & Staked
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open & Staked
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) - Open & Staked
Rainy Lake Ice Road - Open to Cranberry Bay and loop around Dryweed Island
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road - Open between the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center Boat Launch and the Ash River Visitor Center Boat Launch
Echo Bay Ski Trail - Open, Packed & Tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail- Open, Packed & Tracked
Tilson Connector Trail- Open, Packed & Tracked
KabAsh Trail- Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail - Open
Sullivan Bay Trail - Open
Oberholtzer Trail - Open
"STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE"
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