2/11/19 - Just a head up to all snowmobilers traveling the lakes in our area. With all the snow we've received the last week or so, we're seeing areas where slush is developing. Please ride close to the marked trails to stay on the safe side. Hopefully with come colder weather, things will once again firm up. Have fun, but be safe. - Jim 2/10/19 -The snow we’ve received in the last week has sure made it easier for the operators. Before the snow I heard how great our trails were, now I’m told how awesome they are. Great job guys. Our groomers are heading to Birchdale tomorrow (Monday). We’re fortunate enough to have a couple property owners who let us use their property for a reroute until we can get the beaver dam taken care of. Remember, this coming Saturday, is our clubs 11th Annual Radar Run for Cancer at the Thunderbird Lodge. Come out and enjoy a fun day for a good cause. - 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.
VOYAGEURS NAT'L PARK
Updated: 12/30/18 - An e-mail received from VNP superintendent
You have probably heard that the crew that came in to work on the Green Trail have it marked from Frank's Bay to Ash River. They have assessed the ice condition from Ash River to Crane Lake and found that it met our required thickness to mark the trail. Be aware that there are some slushy areas. The team will be working on staking that portion of the Green Trail today. They have also marked all of the pressure ridges that they have found along the trail.
The park will not be able to update our social media or web page related to the trail being marked. Any assistance all of you can provide to get the word out will be greatly appreciated. I will keep you posted via email the best I can.
Please remind riders to travel anticipating the potential of changing conditions. We never know when new pressure ridges might form that won't be marked.
I want to thank the crew that came in to assure that this work could be done. Having a well marked, assessed trail greatly improves the safe conditions for riders traveling across the frozen lake surfaces.
Have a great New Year everyone.
Bob DeGross Superintendent Voyageurs National Park
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) - Not Open Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) - Open Ash River to Crane Lake (Green Trail) - Open Chain of Lakes (Dashed Black Trail) – Not Open Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) - Not Open East Namakan Lake to Sand Point Lake (Blue Trail) – Not Open 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.
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