We are having a bit of a cold spell, and while snowmobilers have the gear to ride in bone-chilling temperatures, Ice anglers have heated shelters. Why not give ice fishing a try. The Rainy Lake Ice Road in Voyageurs National Park provides access for folks with portable gear from the Rainy Lake Visitor Center east to Cranberry Bay and around the north side of Dryweed Island. You don’t have to ice fish to use the road, just go sight seeing, or maybe snowshoeing. There’s a privately plowed road near Point O’ Pines that provides access to Sand Bay.
Walleye fishing has been good early in the day using jigs and minnows. there are also good reports of large northern pike coming from the Rainy Lake City area and occasional reports of schools of crappie hitting hard. Any of the area bait shops will have an idea of the best areas and best presentations while you are here.
Of course the option for cross country skiing or snowshoeing is there for you as well. The Park Service will be offering Ranger led snowshoe hikes from now through March 19, we have additional information on our Calendar of Events, the link is at the top of this page
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