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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.


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.

  • Arrowhead Trail

    Part of an extensive Grant-in-Aid trail system, the trail travels through remote areas and provides access to Voyageurs National Park and throughout the area. Trail begins at the Taconite Trail just south of Lake Vermilion and travels 135 miles north to International Falls. It is maintained by the Minnesota DNR.

  • Bearskin Trail

    The trail runs west from Cook about 28 miles to the intersection with the Tim Corey snowmobile trail just north and west of the Side Lake area. Maintained by the Cook Timberwolves snowmobile club.

  • Chisholm-Side Lake Trail

    Maintained by the PathBlazers Snowmobile Club.

  • Iron Ore Trail

    The trail runs from Tower and the Taconite trail south to the Taconite Spur trail. Maintained by the Vermilion Penguins snowmobile club. Junction Rd. at Twnshp Rd. 4597 (Tower) and County Hwy 21 (Embarass)

  • 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.

  • Landing Spurs

    Access to the far west end of Lake Vermilion. Groomed as needed.

  • Laurentian Trail

    The Laurentian Snowmobile Trail provides entry onto the Taconite Trail System and access to more than 2,000 miles of trails. Parking is available.

  • Putnam & Fishing Lakes Trail

    These trails traverse forested, rolling topography through birch, ash, and pine stands. Several small lakes dot the landscape along these scenic trails. Maintained by the Minnesota DNR.

  • 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.

  • Stony Spur Trail

    This trail stretches from Babbitt east across Hwy 1.

  • Taconite Spur Trail

    Connects the Taconite to the Laurentian trail. It runs from the Taconite Trail to Babbitt and then from Babbitt to Giant's Ridge.

  • Taconite Trail

    This trail extends 165 miles west from Ely to Grand Rapids. It is maintained by the Minnesota DNR.

  • 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.

  • Voyageur Trail-Orr Spur

    Loop spur from the Arrowhead Trail into the City of Orr.

  • Voyageur-Crane Lake Trail

    Maintained by the Voyageur Trail Society. Trail runs from the Arrowhead trail to Crane Lake.

  • Wolf Track Trail

    This trail runs about 20 miles south from Cook providing another connection from the Arrowhead to the Taconite trail. Maintained by the Cook Timberwolves snowmobile club.

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