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 20, 2017

The Rainy Lake Ice Road has temporarily been CLOSED due to temperatures being over freezing for over a 24 hour time period. Travel by truck/car is not advised at this time. Ice road conditions will be re-evaluated once the temperatures fall below freezing again.

All snowmobile trails are open and staked.

Park crews are grooming along the lake surfaces but focusing primarily on the portages of all the trails, excluding the Purple trail at this time. The Purple Trail and its portages will be groomed as crews and groomers become available.

Please continue to be on the look-out for slush, especially if traveling off-trail.


Ski trails are packed, and tracked. Snowshoe trails are open, but not packed.

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**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) - Open, staked
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open, staked, portages groomed
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open, staked, portages groomed
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Open, staked, portages groomed
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open, staked, portage groomed
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open, staked, portages groomed
Rudder Bay (Orange Trail) - Open, staked, portages groomed

***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
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road- Not Open

 

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail- Packed, and tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail- Packed, and tracked
Tilson Connector Trail- Packed, and tracked
KabAsh Trail- Open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail- Open, not packed
Blind Ash Bay Trail- Open, not packed
Oberholtzer Trail- Open, not packed
Sullivan Bay Trail- Open, not packed
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail- Open, not packed

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

 
Map of the Sphunge Island sledding hill
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

 
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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Mailing Address:

Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649

Phone:

(218) 283-6600

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