Cross country ski and snowshoe trails are still open but there’s no guarantee on the conditions. It’s probably safe to assume the season has ended for this form of winter recreation. The International Voyageurs Snowmobile Club offers a very similar report for sledders, here’s what they posted on their trail report:
3/2/21: Trail conditions continue to deteriorate with the changing weather. Our groomers will not be out again unless we get a good dump of snow before April 1st, when the trails close to snow machines. Please remember that the trail systems are closed to ATV’s at this time. If you do go riding please take caution as trails are rough, worn down and icy in spots. We will continue to keep an eye on the weather and will keep you updated if things change.
I can tell you all the habitat types in Voyageurs National Park. Koochiching county supports a wide variety of owls. You can spot a great horned owl, snowy owl, barred owl, and great gray owl. Along with other special types of owls. They are on the edges of clearings. They roost in a tall tree and scan for anything they can ambush and eat.
Additionally there are many hawks that also hunt in the area. There are sharp shinned, broad-winged, red-tailed, rough-legged and northern hawk.
There are some songbirds that spend the winter there too. black-capped chickadees are the most common. Ruffed grouse are about the most common larger upland bird spending the winter here.
The snowshoe and cross-country ski trails offer easy access to the forests. you can spot any of these birds here. The Tilson Creek trail system offers a lot of opportunity along with the Black Bay ski trail system.
I spot a lot of White-Tail Deer on the trail between the Rainy Lake Visitor Center and Minnesota 11 East. The Rangers at the visitor Center spotted a wolf there too, exciting! and it was rare white timber wolf at that. The Black Bay ski trail comes across a beaver pond where some people have spotted a moose. but moose are very reclusive. People exploring the Rainy Lake Ice Road have seen a white-tail deer and a wolf pack crossing the ice.
Feb. 28, 2018
It’s that time of year. Warm days and cool nights makes for a great week to ride. After all the snow last week, we have an excellent base and groomers are out. The trails are still in great shape and should continue for the rest of the week. Checking with riders, they are finding excellent riding and are enjoying the warmer temps. It looks like more snow for the weekend, so another chance to have some fun riding here in Voyageur country.
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