February 27, 2020

Newest Updates and Safety Information

Riding conditions have been great over the past week, and the trails are all open and being used frequently. Maintenance crews are grooming as often as possible to keep up with the heavy use. Slush conditions are remain healed up for now (lots of slush is still present, but much is currently buried under a 5-inch layer of ice), making trail riding conditions great both on and off the trails. Crews will continue to monitor for slush, and the park will provide updates as needed—especially as temperatures are forecasted to rise above freezing over the next several days.

The Kabetogama Ice Road is still the only open ice road; it is open 2.6 miles out of the Kabetogama boat launch. Other ice roads remain closed due to slush concerns that have been occurring when crews use heavy equipment.

Ski trails, snowshoe trails, and the Sphunge Island Sledding Hill are all still in great shape. Firewood has been placed at the fire ring near the hill, and also in all the warming huts and shelters. The Kabetogama Skating Rink remains closed due to slush. Pressure ridges are still staying stable and portages remain in good shape.

Snowmobile Trails

International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail): Open and Staked
Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail): Open and Staked
Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail): Open and Staked
Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail): Open and Staked
Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail): Open and Staked
East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail): Open and Staked
Rudder Bay (Orange Trail): Open and Staked

Please remember the snowmobile speed limit within the park is 45 mph on frozen lake surfaces and 25 mph on all overland portages. Speed limit signs are posted at trail heads and overland portages.

Ice Roads

Rainy Lake Ice Road: Not Open
Rainy Lake Dryweed Loop: Not Open
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road: Open out 2.6 miles
Kabetogama Lake Ice Road West and East Spur Roads: Not Open

Ski Trails

Echo Bay Ski Trail (west Kabetogama area): Packed and Tracked
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail: Packed and Tracked
Black Bay Ski Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Packed and Tracked
Tilson Connector Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Packed and Tracked
Kab-Ash Trail (Kabetogama & Ash River area): Not Packed or Tracked

Snowshoe Trails

Black Bay Beaver Pond Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Open
Blind Ash Bay Trail (Ash River area): Open
Oberholtzer Trail (west Rainy Lake area): Open
Sullivan Bay Trail (Ash River area): Open
Rainy Lake Recreation Trail: Open

https://www.nps.gov/voya/planyourvisit/winter-ice-and-trail-conditions.htm

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