Snow Conditions

Voyageurs National Park News Release

Experience Your America

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.December 31, 2008For Immediate Release

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Significant snowfall has created excellent snowmobiling conditions on land-based trails in the Voyageurs National Park region. The Green Trail from Rainy Lake t0 Kabetogama Lake and on to the Ash River Trail is in fair to good condition. Patches of slush are still present along the trail and winds have created snow drifts. Two pressure ridges on Black Bay and one on Kabetogama Lake north from Sphunge Island are clearly marked. Caution is advised. Park staff has been evaluating ice and snow conditions and has found areas of insufficient ice to open the Purple and Yellow trails and to extend the Green Trail to Crane Lake. The Rainy Lake Ice Road is not open as of this date.

Regular weekly winter trail conditions reports are available on our website at

Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) Not Open
Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River
Open & Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail)
Not Open
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail)
Not Open
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail)
Not Open
East Namakan Lake to Sandpoint Lake (Blue Trail)
Not Open
Rainy Lake Ice Road CLOSED

Ski Trails
Echo Bay Ski Trail Open & Packed
Black Bay Ski Trail
Not Open (thin ice present on both beaver ponds)
Tilson Connector Trail
Open, Packed & Tracked
KabAsh Trail

Snowshoe Trails
Blind Ash Bay Trail
Sullivan Bay Trail Open
Oberholtzer Trail

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