**UPDATED 1/27/23** VNP has now staked, but not yet groomed the Purple trail from Sha-Sha point east to Kettle Falls.
A recent dusting of snow is making the trails gorgeous, and the colder weather should help to freeze up areas that needed it. Logging continues in several areas so please stay alert and respectful around the logging trucks & equipment.
Orr area: Trails are groomed
Crane Lake/Buyck area: All trails are open and groomed, but watch for a few rough patches here and there. Pics and posts from the Buyck Voyageurs club show some beautiful views and nice looking trails.
Kabetogama/Ash River area: All trails are nicely groomed and ready to ride. Logging in the Peterson Bay area now extends to the Arrowhead.
International Falls area: All trails are being regularly groomed, except for the area from the junction to the Northern connection that will hopefully be ready to groom after this cold snap.
In Voyageurs National Park: Gold portage, Moose River Grade and Sullivan portage are groomed and in good shape. The Green Trail is open, staked & groomed from Rainy/Black Bay through Kabetogama to Ash River, and then open & staked from Ash River to Crane Lake. The Chain of Lakes (Black) trail is open, staked & groomed. The Purple trail from Sha-Sha point east to Kettle Falls is staked, but not groomed. And the Blue Trail (east Namakan to Sand Point) is open, but not groomed. Progress! The Yellow trail remains closed due to waterflow and decreasing ice thickness. Some previously slushy spots are healing up, while other areas are appearing in new locations. Stay aware of surroundings and pay attention to all trail signage with these changing (and sometimes rough) conditions on the lakes. Please slow down for the rough stretches of frozen/rutted slush to be safe.
From the DNR: The Arrowhead is groomed and in good condition nearly everywhere, fair condition in a few spots, and stretch of ungroomed trail south of the Buyck/VRT trail due to a couple beaver ponds that are still too thin for grooming equipment. An area just east of Ericsburg is flagged & signed where the ice has cracked due to water levels dropping. Other areas of thin ice at beaver ponds and swamps will continue to be flagged or signed as needed, so continue to stay alert when riding through swamps.
The skies are blue, the snow is sparkling. It's a great time to enjoy our Voyageur Country trails, and warm up at our area sponsors. Please always remember to stay to your right and try not to cut corners. Be safe and see you on the trails!