Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Condition Report April 2, 2014

All snowmobile trails, ski trails, and snowshoe trails in the park are still open at this time. Grooming on all trails has finished for the season. The Kab – Ash and Rainy Lake Ice Roads are no longer open and are not being maintained. Expect trail conditions to deteriorate as temperatures rise. Weekly updates will continue until all trails are closed for the season. Staked snowmobile trails are in fair condition. Be careful while traveling off trail on the frozen lake surface. Hardened snow drifts from the recent freeze / thaw can often be hidden beneath a blanket of fresh snow, creating an unwelcome surprise. While ice thickness is still good, many slush pockets and areas of slush have been found off of the staked trails.

Cross-country skis and snowshoes can still be rented and borrowed from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center during business hours, Tue – Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The visitor center will be closed Sunday and Monday until summer hours begin in late May.

Below is this week's winter trail conditions report. All reports are available on the park's website

Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile trails are in fair condition. Speed limits in the park are 45 mph on lake surfaces and 25 mph on land portages.

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

Rainy Lake Ice Road– Closed

Kab - Ash Ice Road– Closed

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open

Black Bay Ski Trail – Open

Tilson Connector Trail – Open

Kab-Ash Trail – Open

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail – Open

Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open

Oberholtzer Trail – Open

Sullivan Bay Trail – Open