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.
All winter ice roads and trails are closed for the season. Thanks to all visitors and gateway communities for a great winter!

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Weak white and tan ice with patches of slushy water covers a scenic lake. A group of pine trees grow on a rocky outcrop in the distance.

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Newest Updates and Safety Information


All snowmobile, snowshoe, and ski trails are closed for the winter. Land-based trails are open for hiking, and water-access trails will become accessible once spring ice goes out. Thank you to all visitors and to our gateway community partners for a safe and enjoyable winter season. Enjoy spring and summer of 2020!

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

During winter, 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): Open for Summer Use
  • Rainy Lake Recreation Trail: Open for Summer Use
  • Black Bay Ski Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Open for Summer Use After Ice-Out
  • Tilson Connector Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Open for Summer Use
  • Kab-Ash Trail (Kabetogama & Ash River area): Open for Summer Use

Snowshoe Trails

  • Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Open for Summer Use After Ice-Out
  • Blind Ash Bay Trail (Ash River area): Open for Summer Use
  • Oberholtzer Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Open for Summer Use
  • Sullivan Bay Trail (Ash River area): Open for Summer Use
  • Rainy Lake Recreation Trail: Open for Summer Use

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 28, 2020

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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