Trail crews have been finding adequate ice to mark additional trails this week. The remainder of the green trail from Ash River to Crane, the blue trail on Sandpoint, and the purple trail from Rainy to Kettle are now open and staked. The yellow trail from Ash River to Kettle Falls will not be staked quiet yet due to a couple of beaver ponds that do not have sufficient ice. There is a barricade placed at Kettle for the yellow trail until we open that trail. Trail conditions along the lake surfaces are rough with little to no snow. Several pressure ridges have formed on Kabetogama Lake. These pressure ridges have been marked and are safe to cross at designated crossings along the trail system. There is also a 200-yard section of frozen, yet broken-up ice on the east end of Kabetogama Lake where caution signs have been placed.
Throughout the park, there is slush forming in the bays so please use caution.
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 http://www.nps.gov/voya/planyourvisit/winter-ice-and-trail-conditions.htm.
Future winter ice and trail condition press releases will be issued only during major changes in trail conditions.