Blue Trail on East Namakan and Sandpoint Lake Now Open

From the National Park Service, 1/13/12: Snowmobile Trails  - see trail status list at end

The park has staked the Blue Trail from East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake.

Please remember that hazardous pressure ridges continue to be an issue along the Green Trail on Kabetogama Lake. Staff continue to re-route the trail in problem areas to provide a safer passage through the pressure ridges. Due to frequent and extreme changes to the pressure ridges, snowmobilers should use extreme caution and only cross the pressure ridges at designated crossings along the staked route.   Slow travel speeds are highly recommended.  Snowmobile land portages have rough riding conditions due to minimal snow cover.

Outstanding scenery is one of the reasons why Voyageurs National Park was established. Please enjoy the scenery as you ride and follow the snowmobile speed limit of 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages.  Speed limit signs are posted at trailheads and overland portages

Regular weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at

Snowmobile Trails 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) – Not Open Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Open & Staked East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open & Staked

Ice Roads Rainy Lake Ice Road – Open to Rainy Lake City Kabetogama Lake Ice Road – Starting, Saturday, January 14 – Open between the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center Boat Launch and the Ash River Visitor Center Boat Launch

Ski Trails Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open with minimal snow cover Black Bay Ski Trail– Not Open Tilson Connector Trail– Not Open KabAsh Trail– Open with minimal snow cover

Snowshoe Trails Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open with minimal snow cover Sullivan Bay Trail – Open and tracked Oberholtzer Trail – Open with minimal snow cover




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