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February 20, 2013 Voyageurs Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report

All snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park are open and in excellent condition.

Snowshoe Trails 

All snowshoe trails in the park are open. Snowshoes are available for loan at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls, Arrowhead Lodge in Kabetogama, and Ash Trail Lodge in Ash River. Take advantage of this opportunity to try this winter activity.

Cross-Country Ski Trails

The Echo Bay, Tilson Connector, and Black Bay Ski Trails are open and tracked. The Rainy Lake Visitor Center near International Falls has adult-sized skis available for rent and children’s skis available for loan during business hours. The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Snowmobile Trails

With the addition of new snow, snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park are open and in excellent condition. The snowmobile trails in the park have been groomed and continue to be groomed on a regular basis.

Please use caution when traveling off trail on the lake surface because you may encounter pockets of slush. A reminder that the snowmobile speed limit in the park is 45 mph on lake surfaces and 25 mph on the land trails.

Ice Roads

The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is open from the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center to the Ash River Visitor Center. The Rainy Lake Ice Road is open from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center to Dove Bay, and to the north side of Dryweed Island. The speed limit on the ice roads is 30 mph.

To reduce hazards to snowmobile users, all ice blocks are to be immediately chopped up, submerged, or hauled to land. Placement of equipment or any type of structure must be greater than 50 feet off the center of all ice roads and snowmobile trails. Written authorization from the park is required for individuals to plow any lake surfaces within the park.

Ski Trails
Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, and tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, and tracked
Tilson Connector – Open, packed, and tracked

Snowshoe Trails
Sullivan Bay Trail – Open

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) – Open and Staked

Ice Roads
Rainy Lake Ice RoadOpen to Dryweed Island.
Kabetogama Lake Ice RoadOpen between the Kabetogama Lake and Ash River Visitor Centers

 

 

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