Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report 12/14/2016



International Falls, MN: Due to the lack of safe ice at this time, all snowmobile and ski trails are closed with the exception of the Echo Bay Ski Trail, which has been packed, but not tracked. Snowshoe trails are open but not packed.

Park staff has started checking ice conditions and found there is not significant ice to stake trails.  Please remember to think twice during this time of thin ice, when in doubt, stay off the ice.  For more information on general ice thickness safety guidelines, please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at

This winter season, the most up-to-date information regarding Voyageurs’ ice and trail conditions will be posted each Wednesday to the park’s Facebook page (VoyageursNPS) and on the park’s website at

Future winter ice and trail condition press releases will be issued only during major changes in trail conditions.


Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – Closed

Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) – Closed

Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) – Closed

Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Closed

Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Closed

East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Closed


Rainy Lake Ice Road – Closed

Kabetogama Lake Ice Road – Closed


Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail – Packed, not tracked

Black Bay Ski Trail – Not open

Tilson Connector Trail – Not open

KabAsh Trail – Not open



Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail – Closed

Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open, not packed

Oberholtzer Trail – Open, not packed

Sullivan Bay Trail – Open, not packed

Rainy Lake Recreation Trail – Open, not packed






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