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 17, 2019

During the government shutdown this page may not reflect current conditions. The park and trails will remain accessible but
trail maintenance, emergency response, and rescue services will be limited. Please check back, or like 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.

The Green Trail is now open, packed, and staked. Use caution on portages.

New this year: Park staff are grooming one side of the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail that connects Minnesota Highway 11 with the Rainy Lake Visitor Center for classical cross-country skiing. While one side of the trail will include a set ski track, the other side will remain ungroomed for snowshoeing, winter walking and other non-motorized winter activities. The Recreation Trail is currently packed, but not tracked.

Most snowshoe trails (specifically Blind Ash Bay, Oberholtzer, Sullivan Bay, and the unpacked side of the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail) are open. Please use caution this time of year!

Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) - Not Open
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open, Packed, and Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open, Packed, and Staked
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
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road- Not Open
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road West and East Spur Roads- Not Open

 

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail- Packed
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail- Packed
New this year: park staff will be grooming one side of the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail that connects Minnesota Highway 11 with the Rainy Lake Visitor Center for classical cross-country skiing. While one side of the trail will include a set ski track, the other side will remian ungroomed for snowshoeing, winter walking and other non-motorized winter activities.
Black Bay Ski Trail- Not Open
Tilson Connector Trail- Not Open
KabAsh Trail- Not Open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail- Not Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail- Open with minimal snow
Oberholtzer Trail- Open with minimal snow
Sullivan Bay Trail- Open with minimal snow
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail- Open with minimal snow

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski loans are not yet available for the season at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center due to insufficient snow.

 
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


 

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: January 17, 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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