Updated: February 3, 2016
All snowmobile trails and portages are being groomed with the small groomers.
Pressure ridges have settled down this week and have not been moving for the time being but continue to be monitored.
There are some small pockets of slush that formed over the weekend. They are not deep and currently do not present a hazard. The pockets should firm up with this colder weather.
Ski and snowshoe rentals are now available at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
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International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – Open, Staked
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) – Open, Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) – Open, Staked
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Open, Staked
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Open, Staked
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open, Staked
Rudder Bay (Orange Trail) – Open, Staked
***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 trailheads and overland portages.
Rainy Lake Ice Road- Open to Cranberry Bay and around to the North side of Dryweed
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road- Open from Kabetogama boat launch to Ash River boat launch and Sphunge Island loop
Echo Bay Ski Trail- Open, packed, tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail- Open- Birch (novice) Loop: packed, tracked- Pine (Intermediate) Loop: packed- Ridge (Advanced) Loop: open
Tilson Connector Trail- Open, packed, tracked
KabAsh Trail- Open
Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail- Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail- Open, packed
Oberholtzer Trail- Open, packed
Sullivan Bay Trail- Open, packed
Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski loans are available at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
In response to a recent lone wolf sighting in the Ash River area, Voyageurs National Park staff have rerouted sections of the park’s snowmobile trails.
The wolf appears to be alone with no pack and has followed three snowmobilers. In order to ensure visitor safety, park staff are taking precautions by monitoring the wolf and re-routing small sections of the park’s Green and Yellow Trails. (more…)