Winter Ice and Trail Conditions

A sawhorse with a sign reading "CLOSED" stands in front of a long, road-like stretch of ice on a frozen, scenic lake.
The Kabetogama Ice Road is now closed for winter, 2020. Thanks to all visitors and gateway communities for a great winter season!

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Two cross country skiers carrying ski poles, heavy coats, and back packs ski across a frozen, snow-covered lake surface towards a forested shoreline.

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Updated: April 2, 2020

Newest Updates and Safety Information


In response to warming temperatures, all snowmobile and ski trails—along with the Kabetogama Lake Ice Road and the Sphunge Island sledding hill—will no longer be maintained within Voyageurs. Park staff advise visitors to use caution and travel at your own risk if you venture onto ice surfaces.

Ice conditions are beginning to deteriorate, and standing water and large areas of slush will be appearing on frozen lake surfaces. Removal of park trail markers and hazard signs will begin in the near future. Land-based ski trails remain open, but will no longer be groomed or tracked. These actions follow State and local club trail maintenance activities.

Thank you to all visitors and to our gateway community partners for making this a safe and enjoyable winter season.

Please check back or view our Facebook page for the most up-to-date conditions. Voyageurs National Park Facebook page is a public page. One does not have to have an account to access and view postings.

Snowmobile Trails

  • International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail): Not Open
  • Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail): Not Open
  • Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail): Not Open
  • Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail): Not Open
  • Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail): Not Open
  • East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail): Not Open
  • 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.

Online maps of the park's snowmobile trails (as well as trails in the surrounding area) are available through the International Falls Chamber of Commerce.

 

Ice Roads

  • Rainy Lake Ice Road: Not Open
  • Rainy Lake Dryweed Loop: Not Open
  • Kabetogama Lake Ice Road: Not Open
  • Kabetogama Lake Ice Road West and East Spur Roads: Not Open
 

Ski Trails

  • Echo Bay Ski Trail (west Kabetogama area): Not packed or tracked
  • Rainy Lake Recreation Trail: Not packed or tracked
  • Black Bay Ski Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Not packed or tracked
  • Tilson Connector Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Not packed or tracked
  • Kab-Ash Trail (Kabetogama & Ash River area): Not packed or tracked

Snowshoe Trails

  • Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Not Open
  • Blind Ash Bay Trail (Ash River area): Open
  • Oberholtzer Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Open
  • Sullivan Bay Trail (Ash River area): Open
  • Rainy Lake Recreation Trail: Open

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski loans are finished for the 2019-2020 winter season at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center; we look forward to meeting more snowshoe users and skiers next winter.

 

Winter Safety

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

 
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: Not Open

Skating Rink

  • Sphunge Island, Kabetogama Lake: Not Open


 

Other Local Area Trail Conditions

For additional area trail conditions, please visit:

Last updated: April 2, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649

Phone:

(218) 283-6600

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