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: March 15, 2019

Voyageurs National Park is no longer recommending travel on frozen lake surfaces within the park. Due to the warming weather, ice conditions are deteriorating and standing water is appearing on frozen lake surfaces.


Rainy Lake Ice Road and the Kabetogama Lake Ice Road are no longer open.

The Kabetogama Lake Sledding Hill and Ice Rink are no longer open.

Snowshoe and Ski trails are open, but have started to degrade in areas.

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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.

 

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- Packed and Tracked
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail- Packed and Tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail- Not Open
Tilson Connector Trail- Packed and Tracked
KabAsh Trail- Open; not packed or tracked

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail- Not 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 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.

NPS

Sledding Hill

Sphunge Island, Kabetogama Lake- Not Open

Skating Rink

Sphunge Island, Kabetogama Lake- Not Open


 

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

For additional area trail conditions, please visit:

Last updated: March 15, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649

Phone:

(218) 283-6600

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