With the partial Federal Government shutdown, Voyageurs National Park remains open to the public, but there are no services available. Trails are not being groomed, the ice road has not been plowed open, the Administrative offices and Rainy Lake Visitor Center are closed and any interpretive programs have been cancelled until the situation is resolved.
We invite you to enjoy Rainy Lake, area restaurants and area lodging in the meantime!
During the federal government shutdown, the website for Voyageurs National Park will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions. Some national parks may remain accessible to visitors; however, access may change without notice. Some parks are closed completely. Some visitor services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance.
We've told about Matthew Swanson reeling in the record catch-and-release northern pike on Rainy River in May. However, the December issue of MidWest Outdoors reports that Maddie Ogg reeled in the record setter in October. The confusion is caused because Swanson did not submit his catch until after Ogg's had been submitted and reported to MidWest Outdoors.
Matthew's Rainy River Pike is the record at 45 1/4 inches. Maddy's fish is also a huge one at 43 1/5 inches. Congratulation to both.
Meanwhile, Rainy Lake anglers are walking out on the protected bays to try for some early ice walleye. Always put safety first, you need 4 inches of clear ice to support walking on the ice, and you should check the ice depth frequently. As to success, anglers say it is hit-and-miss, you need to be in the right spot. Jigging with minnows seems to work the best.
Our forecasts are calling for freezing temperatures and little if any snow, so we will see good ice forming.
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