The Tilson Bay and Echo Bay ski trails are open and the snowshoe trails in Voyageurs National Park are also available. The VNP snowmobile trails will be marked and opened as soon as the ice is safe and the same goes for the ice roads. On-Land snowmobile trails are seeing use, but it would be nice to have a little more snow for the groomers.
Some folks have ventured onto the ice to try for some winter fish, the results have been mixed. Keep in mind that options are pretty limited until we get enough ice. So here’s the safety first pitch. You need four inches to walk on and I’d learn toward five. You should have six to eight inches for an ATV or snowmobile and ten to twelve for a light truck. If you venture on the ice, take safety gear with you like picks and a rope.
Colder weather is in the forecast as we enter 2016 so Rainy should be forming ice fairly quickly, we’ll keep you posted. Best wishes to all for a very happy and prosperous year ins 2016
The Tilson Bay Ski Trail has been groomed on an excellent base and there’s still snow in the forecast. Trail conditions are described as good and if you wish, you can plan a trek to stop at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center to warm up and maybe enjoy some hot cocoa. The International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club hasn’t posted a new trail conditions report on their website yet, but is very good about updating every time their groomer hits the trails. Their website is at www.ridetheborder.com if you wish to check as more fresh snow falls
Overnight we got about four inches of fresh snow, and it’s going to keep falling throughout the day. There should be enough to ski and sled this weekend and it will be a white Christmas for sure. We are still waiting for really good ice to get out on the lakes. As always, safety first! Don’t venture on ice that is not at least 4 inches thick, and that’s assuming you are on foot. You need at least five inches for an ATV or Snowmobile and 12 inches for a vehicle