2018 Winter Trail Closing

Voyageurs National Park News Release

Release Date: March 29, 2018


Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

Ben Welch, 218-283-6652

Voyageurs National Park Closes Ice Roads and Snowmobile Trails for Season

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN: Voyageurs National Park is no longer recommending travel on frozen lake surfaces within the park. Due to warming weather and lack of snow; ice conditions are deteriorating, standing water is appearing on frozen lake surfaces, and bare ground is appearing on the safety portages.

Park trail markers and hazard signs are no longer able to remain upright so park staff have begun the removal of those markers. The Rainy Lake Ice Road, Kabetogama Lake Ice Road, and all snowmobile routes are closed. Other winter recreation trails in Voyageurs National Park are no longer being maintained.

Visitors are welcome to come and hike the Oberholtzer Trail and the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail as conditions permit. Park staff would like to remind visitors the Rainy Lake Visitor Center remains open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Thank you to all Voyageurs National Park visitors for making this a safe and enjoyable winter season.

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