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Northern Minnesota Snowmobile Conditions

"One of the best snowmobiling destinations in the world"
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"Unquestionably one of snowmobiling's great riding experiences"
- Minnesota Snowmobiling Destinations Magazine

"Trail system unequalled"
- Illinois Sno Rider Magazine

"Expert grooming…superior trails"
- American Snowmobiler Magazine

"Superior hospitality and premium trails"
- City Sledder

Snowmobiles are not allowed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, but there are a large number of areas to ride in surrounding areas, with over 22,000 miles of groomed trails in Minnesota.  

Snowmobile Trails - Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN

Trail Conditions Updated 3/21/14

Features:  Follows the historic Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway and its lakes, with numerous scenic loops and spurs that provide fun for hours or days.

Fresh Snow: 4-6" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments:  4"+ of new snow today and still getting some snow. An inch or two is expected overnight. Snowmobile trails are still holding up great. The club is still grooming. Come on up for that last ride.

Come on out and enjoy our winter wonderland!

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of Boreal, Hungry Jack Lodge, & Cook County Snowmobile Club

Arrowhead State Trail - Snowmobile Conditions

Arrowhead State Trail

Trail Conditions Updated 4/21/14

Features:  Watch for skiers! The 135 mile Arrowhead State Trail extends from the intersection with the Taconite State Trail (near Tower) to 3 miles south of International Falls. The natural surface trail is used primarily for snowmobiling.

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments:  Poor condition.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of DNR

Taconite State Trail - Snowmobile Conditions

Taconite State Trail

Trail Conditions Updated 4/21/14

Features:  The trail stretches one hundred sixty five miles from Grand Rapids to Ely through many scenic vistas of rolling hillsides, lakes, rivers and forests. There are several shelters along the trail located at popular stopping points offering scenic vistas.

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"

Comments:  Poor condition.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Lake Vermilion Lodging

 Report Courtesy of DNR and Ely Chamber of Commerce

Bear Head State Park Snowmobile Trails - Ely, MN

Bear Head Lake State Park, Ely

Trail Conditions Updated 4/17/14

Features:    This park contains pristine lakes; it is home to black bears, nesting eagles, timber wolves and moose. Stands of white and red pine trees tower over the birch, aspen and fir trees. Limited winter camping available. One mile trail.

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days ?" Woods: ?"

Comments:  Trails are closed for the season.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of the DNR and Ely Chamber of Commerce

Bear Island State Forest Snowmobile Trails - Ely, MN

Bear Island State Forest - Putnam/Fishing Lakes, Ely/Tower

Trail Conditions Updated 4/21/14

Features:    The Putnam and Fishing Lakes Trails traverse forested, rolling topography through birch, ash, and pine stands. Several small lakes dot the landscape along these scenic trails.

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"
Comments:   Poor condition.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc  Share photos from your Bear Island snowmobile trip on BWCABoard.

Report Courtesy of the DNR and Ely Chamber of Commerce

Crane Lake Area Snowmobile Trails - Voyageurs National Park

Crane Lake & Voyageurs National Park Area Trails

Trail Conditions Updated 4/9/14

Features:  Experience the soft powdery snow that blankets area lakes and forests. Ride endless miles of well marked, groomed snowmobile trails to what has been called one of the top ten snowmobile trail rides in the world.   The Crane Lake area and the uncrowded Voyageurs National Park presents unmatched adventure and excitement for everyone.

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods:  ?"
Comments:  All snowmobile trails and ice roads in the park are closed. All snowmobile trail stakes will be pulled by the end of the week.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of Voyageurs National Park

North Shore State Trail - Duluth, Lutsen, Grand Marais

C. J. Ramstad North Shore State Trail

Trail Conditions Updated 4/3/14

Features:  146 mile natural surface trail from Duluth to Grand Marais. The trail winds its way through the forests behind the outer bluffs that overlook Lake Superior, and provides access to some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in Minnesota. The trail also connects to GIA trails in Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Finland, Tofte and Lutsen, as well as numerous local trails, created and maintained by local snowmobile clubs.
For most of its length, the North Shore Trail provides a backcountry experience and, in some areas, wilderness conditions. The great majority of the trail is in a remote, natural and undeveloped setting, although some logging and farms are included. Trail visitors may encounter moose, deer, bear, fox, hawks, waterfowl and possibly timber wolves.

 

French River: Base:  8" Woods:  22"
London Crossing: Base:  10" Woods:  46"
Heffelfinger Road (Finland): Base:  10" Woods:  28"
Temperance River: Base:  12" Woods:  35"
Sawbill Trail: Base:  14" Woods:  35"
Barker Lake: Base:  12" Woods:  34"
Pike Lake: Base:  12" Woods:  31"
Gunflint Trail Base:  12" Woods:  35"

Comments:   The section of trail from the Martin Road to Finland has been groomed. This section is in good condition; these conditions will change due to use & the weather. Expect spring riding conditions.

Report Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR

Tomahawk Trail - Snowmobiling Minnesota's Iron Range

Tomahawk Trail, Isabella

Trail Conditions Updated 3/31/14

Features:    Trail is 86 miles long, from Ely to the North Shore State Trail. As quoted from SuperTrax magazine:
“Typically accessed from the North Shore Trail, the Tomahawk starts off zigzagging through the rugged highlands that stand in a miles-thick row along the shore of the big lake. Then, crossing the ridgeline, the trail begins a slow glide down into ancient rocky, river canyons full of shadows and portent.”  SuperTrax named the Tomahawk Trail as one of the ten best snowmobile adventures.  Only three trails in the United States were featured.  Want lodging right on the trail?  You can access the Tomahawk directly from the doors of the private cabins at Timber Trail (Click here to book a cabin online).

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 48 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  6-12" Woods:  30"

Comments:  Ely to Mattila Shelter and Knotted Pine to North Shore was groomed Sunday, March 23. The local trails around Ely and Knotted Pine to Mattila Shelter and Burntside to Vermilion were groomed Monday, March 24. Many lakes have slush on them now, so you would be wise to stay on the staked trail when choosing lake travel.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of Ely Chamber of Commerce

Lake Vermilion Snowmobile Trails - Tower Soudan, MN

Lake Vermilion State Park, Tower

Trail Conditions Updated 4/21/14

Features:    The new state park has added some temporary snowmobile trails (trails may change in future years) for this winter. The trails take you through some of the best viewing areas on the property. It connects up with the Lake Vermilion lake ice trail and a spur of the Taconite Trail that goes through Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

 

Fresh Snow:  ?" in last 24 hours, ?" in last 7 days Base:  ?" Woods: ?"
Comments:  Poor condition.

Send your trail report to trailconditions@bwca.cc

Report Courtesy of the DNR

 
 
 
   
 

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