** UPDATED 1/20 ** There is nothing like riding through the North Woods here in Voyageur Country. It is beautiful! Logging continuing in some areas - please continue to be alert and respectful around the logging trucks and equipment!
Also be alert to possible wet/slushy spots in areas from the couple warmer nights we had. Now that it's getting cold again, these will again freeze up.
Orr area: Trails are groomed
Crane Lake/Buyck area: Active logging on the Crane Lake to Arrowhead link near Marion Lake Rd. All trails are open and have been groomed flat this week.
Kabetogama/Ash River area: All trails have been groomed in the past couple days. Last night the Bill Morgan, and Arrowhead to Kec's was freshly groomed, and today the Ray Spur will get refreshed including the Ray Spur. Be alert for the active logging near the Peterson Bay Trail and the north end of the Tone Dawg Trail. Logging is now happening on the 3K as well. And for the water/slush hazard along the sides of the trail in the cedar swamp just past the first beaver pond on the 3K from the Arrowhead Trail to Kec's (which was flagged this morning)
International Falls area:
Another spot on the Arrowhead just before Ericsburg has cracked open because the water table has been dropping. - watch for caution signs. Beaver dams are not making any ice because of the warm weather we had. Black River road to Birchdale is packed by snowmobiles but not yet groomed.
In Voyageurs National Park: Progress has been made in opening portages and the Gold portage, Moose River Grade and Sullivan portage are now groomed and ready. As far as trails go... same as last week with Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail) is staked & groomed. The Ash River to Kettle Falls (Yellow Trail) was closed 1/20 due to a small section of ice that opened up on the south side of Mica Bay in Namakan Lake. Park staff continue to regularly check the lake ice - they want to stake & groom more trails as soon as it is safe to do so. The upcoming colder weather should help.
The DNR reports that the entire Arrowhead is groomed and in fair condition, as are spurs and connectors. Thin ice remains in a number of beaver ponds and swamps so keep an eye out for flagged areas, signage, and continue be cautious & aware when riding through swamps.
Come on up and enjoy the beautiful scenery, visit some of the area restaurants & events happening this weekend. Please always remember to stay to your right and try not to cut corners... you never know when a person could be coming up the trail, day or night. Be safe and see you on the trails!