1/14/2018:We’re getting a little more snow today (Sunday). Every little bit helps. I’ve heard many good reports on our trail system ( good job guys). All sections have been groomed many times already other than the trail to Birchdale. Giving it a little more time to freeze up where the groomer broke through. I do want to emphasis to all riders to please stay on the trail systems. We have areas where our trails cross private lands and don’t want to lose that privilege.Also in residential areas please keep the noise down. Looks like some nice weather coming up so get out and enjoy the trails. Have fun and be safe. Jim
*There is a large gravel pit on the north side of the Ranier overpass. This is private property, please stay out!! There are signs and fences put up for a reason. Please stay on the trails. Thank you, Jim.
Please see additional trail report for Birchdale, below.
**Please note the newly resurfaced bike trail is now closed to snowmobiles. Reason being a considerable amount of money that was spent to refurbish the trail so the county elected to close it. Snow will be left on the sides of the county roads so snowmobilers can access the snowmobile trails.
1/10/2018:The operators were heading to Birchdale yesterday and ran into a little problem by co rd 82. They did make to to Birchdale with out any other problems which is good. They did say you can ride around this area safely and there are signs on both sides. Hopefully this weekend it will freeze up. Ride safely through this area please.
VOYAGEURS NAT'L PARK
Updated: 1/10/18 -The Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is now open from the Kabetogama Lake Boat Launch to the Ash River Boat Launch. The sledding hill is also open. Rainy Lake Ice Road is plowed and open from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center boat ramp to the Black Bay Ski Trail System and Sha Sha Point. The East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake trail (Blue Snowmobile Trail) is open with groomed portages. The Ash River to Kettle Falls trail (Yellow snowmobile trail) is open with portages groomed. Please be advised that trail conditions along the lake surfaces are rough due to wind-blown snow. Several pressure ridges have formed on Kabetogama Lake and Black Bay. These pressure ridges have been marked and are safe to cross at designated crossings along the trail system. Trail users are advised to use caution when travelling across frozen lake surfaces at this time.
Future winter ice and trail condition press releases will be issued only during major changes in trail conditions.
Snowmobile Trails International Falls to Kettle Falls (Purple Trail) - Open, portages groomed Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open, portages groomed Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open, portages groomed Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Not Open Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Open, portages groomed East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Open, portages groomed Rudder Bay (Orange Trail) - Not Open
FYI - riders born after December 31, 1976 are required by law to hold snowmobile safety certification. Persons 16 years of age and older, resident or non-residents are eligible for adult certification. Adults can complete and pass an independent study CD or a youth snowmobile certification class. Children 11yr – 15yr are eligible to attend, complete and pass a youth snowmobile safety certification class with the certificate valid at age 12. We suggest that all snowmobilers, residents and non residents, become familiar with the laws and regulations and pass it on to friends or customers that may be planning on riding in Minnesota.
Please don’t forget to purchase a Minnesota state “trail permit” for your sled.
International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club P.O. Box 1089 International Falls, MN 56649