Winter in Full Swing at Voyageurs National Park

February 12, 2016 Winter is in full swing at Voyageurs. Get outside and explore your park with a range of winter activities.

Always check the park's website for the most up-to-date winter ice and trail conditions.

Abidel Nieves

Every Saturday February 13 through March 19, park rangers will lead guided snowshoe hikes from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center. These 2-hour hikes will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturdays through March 19th and are a perfect way to explore the park with family and friends! Afterwards, you can warm up with complimentary cocoa and explore the visitor center. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair. No reservations or fees required.

All of the park’s snowmobile trails are open and staked as recent weather conditions have laid down enough snow and ice for riders to explore. Now is the perfect time to come and ride some of the most iconic snowmobile trails in the United States.

Ice Road

It's the season of the ice highways at Voyageurs National Park. The ice roads on both Rainy and Kabetogama are open. Recently, the Park Service added a new loop to the Kabetogama Ice Road around Sphunge Island to provide access to the Sphunge Island Sledding Hill.

Did you know Voyageurs National Park has an official sledding hill? The Sphunge Island Sledding Hill is open and accessible from the Kabetogama Lake Ice Road complete with picnic tables and a fire ring. The sledding hill consists of a small hill for younger children and a larger hill for older children and adults. This is the perfect place to spend a sunny winter afternoon with the kids.

The Tilson, Echo and Black Bay Ski Trails are open, packed and tracked and the Kab Ash Trail is open as well!  Trails in Voyageurs and the surrounding area offer cross-country skiers marvelous scenery and solitude. Skis can be borrowed free of charge from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.

Photo by Abdiel Nieves