Winter Ice and Trail Conditions

A child of approximately 12 turns a black and red snowmobile on a large, frozen lake. A black helmet covers his face.
A student prepares to hit the trails during a youth snowmobiling class at Voyageurs.


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


Updated: January 15, 2020

Newest Updates and Safety Information

All snowmobile trails are currently open (with the exception of the blue trail, which crews continue to check). Large pockets of slush are expected to keep increasing with the upcoming winter storms. Riders are encouraged to use strong caution when riding in areas off the staked snowmobile trails on the lake surface.

Ice roads all remain closed at this time. Crews have reported very large, deep pockets of slush that currently make the roads unsafe to open. Staff will continue to work in these area and recheck conditions regularly.

Pressure ridges are still staying stable, and portages are in good shape.

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): Open and Staked
  • Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail): Open and Staked
  • Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail): Open and Staked
  • Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail): Open and Staked
  • Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail): Open and Staked
  • 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: Packed
  • Tilson Connector Trail: Packed and Tracked
  • KabAsh Trail: Not Packed or Tracked

Snowshoe Trails

  • Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail: 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 for the 2019-2020 winter season at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. Check the visitor center's winter hours to plan your visit.

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.


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. Check out some tips for winter safety while snowmobiling, ice fishing, and enjoying all that winter has to offer.


Other Local Area Trail Conditions

For additional area trail conditions, please visit:

Last updated: January 15, 2020

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360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls, MN 56649


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