1/19/2020 -Another 8” of snow is creating more problems on our snowmobile trails, especially on the lake. More slush has surfaced, so please be careful and follow the stakes. Bruce groomed the Blue Ox to the Arrowhead and over to the K3 at Kab, and down to the south side of the Rat Root Saturday night. John groomed the Hagerman to the Rat Root and into Franks Bay. He hasn’t been able to cross the Rat Root yet due to ice thickness. This week it should be groomed to Big Falls and to the Junction. Hopefully they can also clear the Birchdale Connection to the Northern Connection. We have a club meeting Tuesday, January 21st at Almost Lindy's. Hope to see you there. Have fun, be safe and join your local club. Remember no club, no trails. Jim
VOYAGEURS NAT'L PARK
Updated: 1/15/2020 - All snowmobile trails are currently open (with the exception of the blue trail, which crews continue to check). Large pockets of slush are expected to keep increasing with the upcoming winter storms. Riders are encouraged to use strong caution when riding in areas off the staked snowmobile trails on the lake surface.
Pressure ridges are still staying stable. Pockets of slush are still frequent, although are being improved by trail grooming. Maintain extra caution around slushy areas and portages.
Please check back or view their Facebook page for the most up-to-date conditions. Voyageurs National Park Facebook page is a public page. One does not have to have an account to access and view postings.
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) – 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.
International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club P.O. Box 1089 International Falls, MN 56649