Posted at: 02/03/2011 2:24 PM
Updated at: 03/05/2014 2:00 PM
Voyageurs National Park Winter Ice and Trail Conditions Report, as of March 5
Winter visitors enjoy the beauty of Voyageurs National Park by cross-country skis, snowmobile, in an auto on the ice road, on snowshoes, or in ice-fishing houses. Voyageurs invites visitors who want to get out of the cold to come to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center.
The Visitor Center is now open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. During business hours, the visitor center offers maps, information, hot cocoa, snowshoe loans, and cross-country ski rentals.
Snowfall has picked up over the last few weeks, creating a great opportunity to experience Voyageurs National Park by snowshoe.
Near the Ash River Visitor Center is the Sullivan Bay Snowshoe Trail. From a small parking area on Meadwood Road, this easy to follow path gradually rises from the road into the woods. Watch for plenty of animal tracks, including wolf, deer, squirrel, and snowshoe hare; you may even see the animals. The trail is a round trip hike of 1.5 miles. Snowshoers will often have first “human” tracks after a good snowfall.
The trail ends on a small cliff overlooking Sullivan Bay. Inspired visitors can scramble down to the lake surface and continue their adventure onto the bay. With a picnic table at the end of the trail, bring your lunch along and enjoy this scenic spot in your national park.
All reports are available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/voya.
Snowmobile Trails Snowmobile trails are in fair condition with pockets of slush showing up on lake surfaces. 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, staked, and groomed
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open, staked, and groomed
Rainy Lake Ice Road – Open to Dove Bay and spurs to east of Dryweed Island
Kab - Ash Ice Road – Open from the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center to Bowman Island – Open from the Ash River Visitor Center to Bowman Island
Echo Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, and tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail – Open, packed, and tracked
Tilson Connector Trail – Open, packed, and tracked
Kab-Ash Trail – Open
Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail – Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail – Open
Oberholtzer Trail – Open
Sullivan Bay Trail – Open
STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE” ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARDS www.nps.gov