Winter is settling in now, we’ve had enough snow so the really anxious snowmobilers are able to glide over some of the trails. However, safe ice has not yet formed on the lakes and the lowland swamps are not sufficiently frozen either. Ice anglers are also a bit anxious to get out. Generally once ice is safe enough to support a sled and portable gear, people get out to try the usual hot spots, it will be a bit more time before there’s good ice to support the village of permanent houses that spring up around Sand Bay. There’s no need for snowshoes yet, but you can hike around the Rainy Lake Visitor Center nature and recreation trails to take in the change of seasons. There’s also a good chance of spotting some wildlife.
The firearms deer season has closed, but the muzzle loader season is open through December 13. For small game, the ruffed grouse season remains open until January 3, 2016 and cottontail and snowshoe hare is open until February 29. Koochiching County has vast tracts of public land open to hunting and the access network of forestry roads connect a number of designated hunter walking trails. You can obtain maps through the Convention and Visitors Bureau, just call or email, our contact information is at the bottom of every page on this website.
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