Winter Ice and Trail Conditions

Entering Voyageurs National Park on the Moose Grade snowmobile portage
Entering Voyageurs National Park on the Moose Grade snowmobile portage.
 

Updated: January 12, 2018


Recent flooding has caused a closure on the northeast portion of the Black Bay Ski Trail. This closure is marked and located on the Blue Loop from the warming shelter to the location where the trail ties into the Ridge Trail (on the far northeast loop complex). The Chain of Lakes (Black Dashed Snowmobile Trail) is open. The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is open from the Kabetogama Lake Boat Launch to the Ash River Boat Launch. The sledding hill is also open. Rainy Lake Ice Road is plowed and open from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center boat ramp to the Black Bay Ski Trail System and Sha Sha Point. The East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake trail (Blue Snowmobile Trail) is open with groomed portages.

Please be advised that trail conditions along the lake surfaces are rough due to wind-blown snow. Several pressure ridges have formed on Kabetogama Lake and Black Bay. These pressure ridges have been marked and are safe to cross at designated crossings along the trail system. Trail users are advised to use caution when travelling across frozen lake surfaces at this time.


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Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) - Open, portages groomed
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open, portages groomed
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open, portages groomed
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Open
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open, portages groomed
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open, portages groomed
Rudder Bay (Orange Trail) - Not Open

***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 trail heads and overland portages.

 

Ice Roads

Rainy Lake Ice Road- Open to the Black Bay Ski Trail and to Sha Sha Point
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road- Open from the Kabetogama Lake Boat Launch to the Ash River Boat Launch
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road West and East Spur Roads- Not Open

 

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail- Open, packed and tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail- Open, packed and tracked (one section closed and marked on the Blue Loop, located between the warming shelter and the easternmost junction at which the Blue Trail intersects the Ridge Trail)
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
Sullivan Bay Trail- Open
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail- Open

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski loans are available for the season at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.

 
Map of the Sphunge Island sledding hill location from ice roads
Enjoy a ride down the Sphunge Island sledding hill, while sitting next to a fire and enjoying a picnic lunch.

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Sledding Hill

Sphunge Island, Kabetogama Lake- Open and groomed

 

Winter Safety

Be prepared for your adventure. Plan ahead and watch the weather. Here are tips for winter safety while snowmobiling, ice fishing, and enjoying all that winter has to offer.
 

Local Area Trail Conditions

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Last updated: January 18, 2018

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Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649

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(218) 283-6600

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