The Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association held their Winter Rendezvous on the Presidents Day weekend. About 175 people converged to meet and also ride our trails. Sledders told us they found the groomed trail system seamless, well marked and groomed and offering exceptional scenery and riding. Many plan to come back as they also told us this is about the only area in the state with sufficient snow to have well groomed trails.
Cross country ski and snowshoe trails are all open and packed as well, the Black Bay Trail in the National Park and the Tilson Trails just west of the Rainy Lake Visitor Center offer some exceptional skiing and scenery.
Meanwhile, anglers are hitting Rainy Lake and pulling in walleye and crappie in Sand Bay using glo jigs and shiner minnows. Most of the reports are coming from Sand Bay, probably because the bitter cold is discouraging some folks from taking portable gear east and into the National Park. Although the fishing can be great around Dryweed and Cranberry Island, you can’t leave gear on the ice overnight. The need to take portable gear and set-up and take-down in bone chilling cold is probably discouraging some anglers
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