Our area trails are shaping up nicely. Swamps, ponds, creeks, rivers and the Turtle Mounds have enough base for snowmobiles, but not yet solid enough for groomers so are being worked from both sides throughout the system. Be careful in those areas.
Orr area: The Orr North and South spurs are open and groomed, as is the Orr/Buyck/Crane Lake trail. The DNR is reporting the Landing Spur north to the Orr South still has brush and down trees, but they are hoping to get that cleared and packed before this weekend. From Blackduck trail shelter to the Orr South spur there are many swamps are being groomed from both sides.
Crane Lake/Buyck area: Voyageurs South trail was groomed last week from Crane Lake to Buyck and the Arrowhead, and the Vermilion Bridge trail has also been groomed. The Crane Lake groomer is dragging the Voyageur North trail between Crane Lake and Ash River, as well as the Arrowhead link today.
Kabetogama/Ash River area: All trails are open. The VTSI groomer is dragging the Bill Morgan, Arrowhead to 3K and all local Kab/Ash River trails, ending with the Ray Spur if there's time.
International Falls area: The trail is groomed and officially open to the Junction. One pass has been made to Littlefork and the Arrowhead all the way to the 3K. Just east of the Galvin line (where the groomer got stuck earlier) riders should use the North side of the Beaver pond as an alternate route until that area is fixed up. The Arrowhead just east of Hwy 53 is groomed to both sides of the beaver pond. The Hagerman has been groomed to the Rat Root River. East end trails are also groomed, and grooming is heading to Big Falls today. Saturday the I Falls club is trying to get as many people as possible to go from Loman to the Northern Connection to hopefully get things packed in so it can start to freeze.
In Voyageurs National Park: The only trail staked and officially open in the Park is the Rainy Lake/Black Bay to Kabetogama Lake to Ash River (Green Trail). Portages are groomed and nice, but the lake is rough going with frozen slush pockets (some deep spots) and frozen wind drifts to watch for. Most of the slush is covered by a hard snow crust in Black Bay and on the main part of Kabetogama. Sullivan Bay still has deep slush throughout the whole bay but is starting to freeze up where it has been driven on.
Come up to Voyageur Country, enjoy the beautiful scenery with frosted trees and blue skies, and stop by our sponsoring area businesses when you're in the area. They have printed trail maps, too!
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Ride safely and have fun!