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Voyageurs National Park News Release

March 19, 2009
For Immediate Release
Park Headquarters (218) 283~6600


All snowmobile trails are open and staked, but trail grooming operations are at a minimum.  Due to extreme fluctuations in temperatures throughout the region in recent days, snowmobiling conditions in Voyageurs National Park would best be described as rough with a majority of the frozen lake surfaces a combination of patchy snow and ice.  Should these conditions remain, park staff will begin to remove trail markers next week.  Travel will not be recommended after the removal of trail stakes.  The Rainy Lake Ice Road is closed for the season.

Please remember that the snowmobile speed limit within Voyageurs National Park is 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 updates are available on our website at

Snowmobile Trails
International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) – open & staked 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) – open & staked Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) – open & staked East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – open & staked

Rainy Lake Ice Road – CLOSED

Ski Trails
Echo Bay Ski Trail – open
Black Bay Ski Trail – open
Tilson Connector Trail – open

Snowshoe Trails
Blind Ash Bay Trail – open
Sullivan Bay Trail – open
Oberholtzer Trail – open
                               ~ REMEMBER ~
                     “STAKED TRAILS MAKE SAFETY SENSE”
                         ORANGE IDENTIFIES HAZARD

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