Winter Wonderland at Voyageurs National Park

By KBJR News 1

Winter Wonderland at Voyageurs National Park

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM CDT

International Falls, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- It's a winter wonderland up at Voyageurs National Park as a foot of snow creates perfect conditions for their trails.

However, park officials are asking snowmobilers to drive slowly through the trails because of hazardous pressure ridges. Pressure ridges have the potential to rise rapidly and create standing water because of rising temperatures. There are still some snow drifts on the trails that could cause some rough riding, but crews continue to groom all the trails.

The recent snowfall has also created wonderful skiing conditions in the area. The park has tracked the Black Bay Ski Trails and the Tilson Connector Trail near the Rainy Lake Visitor Center as well as the first loop of the Echo Bay Trail in Kabetogama.

The new 9-mile long Kabetogama Lake Ice Road is now open. The road follows a route along the south shore of Kabetogama Lake between the Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center and the Ash River Visitor Center.

The Sullivan Bay snowshoe trail is now open and tracked. This trail is located along the Ash River Visitor Center entrance road. The Blind Ash Bay snowshoe trail near the Ash River Visitor Center and the Oberholtzer snowshoe trail near the Rainy Lake Visitor Center are also open, but not tracked.

For the latest trail condition updates, check out www.nps.gov/voya.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns