WARM temperatures have arrived here in Voyageur Country. The trails are taking a hit and snow levels have dropped significantly in the last two days. 50 degrees yesterday and right now 53 degrees.
Lakes surfaces have lots of water and slush, the trails are showing bare spots on corners and south faces slopes. The groomers are not running as of now. If it cools off and we get a little snow they may go again. We will see how it goes from here. For trail conditions in the park visit Alerts & Conditions - Voyageurs National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Several resorts and bar/restaurants have closed for the winter season. Call ahead to see who is open.
A big thank you to all who visited our area this winter!
Here we are mid March and trails are still in great shape and groomers are still running their regular trips. It still looks like the middle of winter and temps for the weekend will perfect for those still enjoying riding here in Voyageur Country. Get up here and enjoy the great opportunity!
Remember this Saturday is the Antique event is at Melgeorge’s on Elephant Lake.
All of our areas are still open for business and looking forward to seeing you this weekend.
As always, keep to the right on the trails, watch your speed and have a great weekend!!! Thanks for coming North.
March riding is upon us! Warmer temperatures and still great snow conditions.
All the trails are still being groomed multiple times each week and remain in great shape. Daytime temps are now in the teens and 20's, plus we're enjoying longer days. It looks like conditions may allow for much more riding this year. Get up here and enjoy!
All of the businesses from Big Falls, Littlefork, Int’l Falls and Rainy Lake, Kabetogama, Ash River, Crane Lake, Buyck, Elephant Lake and Orr are open and ready for your trip north.
The Park Service is also grooming so portages, Chain of Lakes and Kettle Falls trails are all open and ready. Check the Park website for the latest updates on conditions in the Park.
This is a bonus riding time as some years the season is already finished by now. Voyageur Country is open with great trails and (still) lots of snow. Get up here and enjoy this special time of year! Ride safe by staying on the right side & watch your speed. We look forward to seeing you up here!
Saturday, March 5 is the Crane Lake Challenge and March 12th is the Antique event on Elephant Lake. Check them out as well!
Wow! Presidents Weekend was amazing! Beautifully groomed trails, 8-9 inches of fresh snowfall, cold temps and lots of scenery to enjoy along the way!
Hats off to the groomers who continue to work the trails at least 2 times each week plus the extra grooming for and after this Presidents Weekend to keep trails in great shape. The current weather forecast points to continued great riding opportunities. Come on up to Voyageur Country and enjoy the trails and wonderful scenery that we offer!
A few words of caution... Please stay on the trails (and on the right side of the trails). Pay attention to signage and STOP for the stop signs! Watch your speeds and let’s all be safe out there.
Not sure where to stay, eat or get gas during your trip? Visit our Sponsors Page for area businesses that are here to provide lodging, food, gas and great hospitality for your trip.
With the miles of beautiful backcountry trails in fantastic condition, that lead you to fun places to enjoy, now is the perfect time to head North and enjoy all that Voyageur Country has to offer.
See you on the trails!
Another week and the report is about the same. We have had more cold, more snow - about 6 inches since last week, and groomers are all out and working.
Trail traffic has picked up so watch for more sleds, keep to the right on trails, watch your speed. Stay safe and have fun! There are some pressure ridges on Kab - see Alerts & Conditions - Voyageurs National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) - but trails are all open!
Groomers will be running extra trips this weekend to keep things in great shape. Riding in Voyageur Country is great with many options. See the map at Trail Map - VTSI Trail Updates (snowmobilevacation.org) or pick one up at a local business.
Speaking of those businesses, they are open and here to help you have a great trip. Check them out on the map or at Sponsors - VTSI Trail Updates (snowmobilevacation.org)
Probably see you on the trails. Take care!
This week'ss report is "Great Conditions throughout Voyageur Country". More snow has fallen, and even more is on the way. Now is the time to head North to enjoy exceptional riding conditions!
Groomers from International Falls south through Kabetogama/Ash River and on to Orr, Buyck and Crane Lake are on a regular schedule and the trails are ready.
The State groomers have the Arrowhead trail from International Falls south, the Blue Ox trail to Littlefork and Big Falls all in great shape. The trail west to Birchdale is open but does have a couple rough spots and a re-route around a beaver dam.
The Park has been grooming the lake trails and portages so things are pretty good there as well.
With temperatures a little better and great snow conditions, don't wait to plan your trip north to Voyageur Country and experience some of the best riding in a several years! This is an awesome area to come and snowmobile. Check the trail map for all the businesses that are here to serve you.
Come up north to Voyageur Country, have fun and stay safe!!!
First, the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon runs on the Arrowhead trail Monday, Jan 31, to Wednesday, Feb 2, from International Falls to Lake Vermilion. Watch out of fat tire bikers, skiers and hikers competing in this 135 mile race.
We have lots of snow, warmer temps coming and the trails are in AWESOME shape - riding here is as good as it gets! All area (International Falls area, Ash River/ Kabetogama, Orr and Crane Lake) groomers are out multiple trips per week to keep trails in wonderful condition. A big salute to the groomer drivers for the great job! Problem areas from earlier posts are all taken care of, and extra trips will be run in some of the high traffic areas to ensure they are ready for everyone to enjoy some of Minnesota’s and the Midwest’s best trails.
In the Park, the Lake trails are being groomed and portages are being groomed also. The Chain of Lakes and Kettle Falls trails are open and groomed as well.
The Arrowhead trail from International Falls all the way south is in great shape and is a very fun ride.
Area businesses are open for food, fuel, lodging, and great meals. They are all looking forward to helping you enjoy a fantastic snowmobile vacation riding in and around Minnesota's only National Park. So with all of that, don’t miss out! The beauty of this area is special and you will love it here!
Good Morning from snowy Voyageur Country. Yes!! More snow fell yesterday, another 6+ inches here and the groomers throughout the area - Int'l Falls, Ash River/Kabetogama, Orr and Crane Lake - plan to groom trails twice for the weekend. Riding conditions have been very good and with this new snow things should go to excellent condition.
The Arrowhead trail from Int’l Falls south to Vermilion is in great shape, with the State groomers doing a good job.
The Park has the Chain of Lakes trail (dashed black) and Kettle Falls trail (yellow) open and ready for visitors as well. Watch www.nps.gov/voya/planyourvisit/conditions.htm for updates.
We are in full open and riding mode.
View or download the trail map at Trail Map which also shows all the businesses that are open and will be happy to see you. Check them all out and support them.
Get up here and have some fun enjoying great riding! Please always ride safely, watch your speeds and keep to the right on the trails. Snowmobiling here in Voyageur Country is as good as it gets!!!
Have a great weekend!!!!!
Ash River/ Kabetogama area trails are all groomed and ready for riders. We are grooming on a regular schedule, and trails continue to improve and are in very good shape.
The North and South Spurs from Orr to the Arrowhead Trail are in very good shape and grooming continues there as well.
In the Crane Lake area, the Voyageur South trail and Vermillion River Bridge trail are groomed and looking good. On the Voyageur North trail, between the Arrowhead Link and Ash River, be aware of the dozer that will be clearing and widening the trail for the next few days. That section will be groomed and in good shape for the weekend. The Link trail to the Arrowhead and from the Link to Crane Lake is groomed and in very good shape.
The Arrowhead North and South from Blackduck lake is being groomed by the State and is in very good shape also.
In the International Falls area grooming is on a regular schedule; trails are in very good shape and ready for riders.
In summary, Voyageur Country trails are ready, resorts and businesses are open and ready to welcome visitors! With the warmer weather ahead, fire up the sleds, get up here and enjoy the great trails and beauty of Voyageur Country.
The grooming drag that was on the side of the trail on the Bitch hill on the Bill Morgan trail near Ash River morning of 1/7 has been cleared. Special thanks to neighbors who came out to help!
If traveling south from Ash River on the Voyageur North trail, a beaver dam was blown 1/6 and there may be a washout about 6 miles south of Ash River. Please be aware and use caution in that area. It will be fixed when that area gets groomed and snow packed there.
On a happier note! The State groomed the Arrowhead trail south from Blackduck Lake to south of Elephant Lake and groomed the Arrowhead north to the Bill Morgan trail. The Park Service staked from Ash River to Crane Lake. Remember, trails are in early stages of grooming so use caution and have fun!