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Minnesota Snowmobiling on Lake Vermilion

The Lake Vermilion area offers easy access to more than 1,000 miles of interconnected groomed Minnesota snowmobile trails.

Since Lake Vermilion is located at the junction of the Arrowhead and Taconite trail systems, you can literally sled for days without seeing the same stretch twice. Trails are well-marked and detailed maps are available. The lake is staked with maps located at entry points.

Bring the family or make it an adults-only getaway – you won't forget the trip!

The Vermilion Penguin Snowmobile Club provides services for trails and staking on the east end of Lake Vermilion.

The Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club provides services for trails and staking on the west end of Lake Vermilion.

PLEASE NOTE: 2021 Trails are no longer being groomed and many, if not all trails are closed. 

A snowmobile that is not registered in the state of Minnesota needs a state trail sticker to be operated on a state or grant-in-aid snowmobile trail (the fee is included for snowmobiles registered within MN). The sticker costs $36 and is valid from November 1 through June 30. See details on how and where to purchase here: MNDNR Snowmobile Trail Permit info.

  • Lake Vermilion and Soudan Underground Mine State Parks

    The trails take you through some of the best viewing areas on the properties. They connect with both the Lake Vermilion lake ice trail and a spur of the Taconite Trail.

  • Staked Lake Trails

    Ice depth is checked along 55 miles of staked trails across Lake Vermilion. Stakes are placed every tenth mile. There are maps at entry points and intersections. The Cook Timberwolves maintain 18 miles on the west end, and the Vermilion Penguins stake 37 miles on the east end of the lake.

  • Tomahawk Trail

    This trail extends 80 miles from Ely to the North Shore of Lake Superior. The new reroute of the Tomahawk Trail was completed in November, 2012. It is now on high ground and can be used year round by snowmobiles and ATV's, avoiding swamps and rough terrain which have been very difficult to groom in the past. The trail goes from Nickle Lake (end of Spruce Road) to August Lake and brings you to the Mattila Shelter.

  • Vermilion Access Trail

    Several access points from the Taconite Trail to Lake Vermilion.

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