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slush and open water along deep pressure ridge on frozen lake trail
Pressure ridge on the green trail

NPS Photo/S. Pederson

Winter Trails Conditions

***Update 2/23/2024***
The green trail is now closed due to pressure ridges near the trail creating an unsafe condition. Park staff will begin removing trail markers throughout the park trail system in the coming days. If ice and snow conditions allow, we will reassess the trail conditions in the future.

Winter Trails Report 2/22/2024

The green trail is open but be alert for pressure ridges. They are continuing to be observed on the frozen lakes, with standing water frequently found nearby. Land portages have lost much of their snow cover and can be slow. Adequate snow to provide lubrication for snowmobiles may be limited, so be prepared for less-than-ideal conditions if you travel in the park. Use caution while riding around shorelines and in shallow water areas around sand bars, as ice can be much thinner than expected. We encourage everyone to remember that ice is never 100% safe. Be aware of conditions and ride in response to them.

Snowmobile Trails:
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) - Closed
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Closed
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Closed
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) - Closed
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Closed
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) - Closed

Ice Roads:
Rainy Lake Ice Road - Closed
Rainy Lake Dryweed Loop - Closed
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road - Closed
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road West and East Spur Roads - Closed

 
standing water along edge of pressure ridge on snowmobile trail
Pressure ridge on green trail

NPS Photo/S. Pederson

Ski Trails:
Kabetogama Area:
Echo Bay Ski Trail - Packed not tracked
Rainy Lake Area:
Rainy Lake Rec Trail - Packed not tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail - Closed
Tilson Connector Trail - Closed

Snowshoe Trails: Hiking allowed on trails
Rainy Lake Area:
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail - Open
Oberholtzer Trail - Open
Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail - Closed
Ash River Area:
KabAsh Trail - Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail - Open
Sullivan Bay Trail - Open

Kabetogama Lake Recreation Area:
Sledding Hill - Closed
Ice Rink - Closed

For further information on land trails in communities surrounding the park check out these links:
Voyageur Trail Society - Trail Updates Voyageur Trail Society - Trail Updates (snowmobilevacation.org)
Trail Report http://www.ridetheborders.com/trail-report.html
Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions | Minnesota DNR Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions | Minnesota DNR (state.mn.us)
Buyck Portageurs Snowmobile Club https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057218389432
Ash River Kabetogama Snowdrifters - Ash River Kabetogama Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100068157102512
Polar Polers Ski Club: Polar Polers | International Falls MN | Facebook
 

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