Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: 4
Date of Report: December 13, 2017
Area Lakes & Trails: The Ely area currently has 4 inches of snow cover. Area trails require additional snowfall before grooming will begin. Smaller lakes have 5-6 inches of ice. Medium sized lakes may have ice cover; however, ice thickness will vary, particularly around areas with moving water. Large bodies of water may still have areas of open water.
Minnesota Snowmobile Trails: Trails opened on December 1st, but do not have a sufficient base for grooming. Snow cover ranges from 2-8 inches and the trail conditions are poor. Trails will be rough and wetland areas may not have enough ice to support safe snowmobile use. Wetlands will have frozen ruts and hummocks making travel rough. Trail use is not recommended and users are advised to use extreme caution and travel at your own risk.
News and Reports:
KCPRO Ice Racing January 6, 2018 10 AM – 3 PM Longbranch
2018 Northland 300 Snowmobiling for Special Olympics January 24-28, 2018 Grand Ely Lodge
FunRun Snowmobile Event January 27, 2018 All Day
Ely Winter Fest February 1 – 11, 2018 Variety of activities and venues
Pink Ribbon Riders 12th Annual Minnesota Snow Run February 23-24, 2018 Grand Ely Lodge
The Ely area is northern Minnesota’s premier snowmobile hub with numerous on-trail facilities, accommodations for both large and small groups, and with plenty of food, entertainment and service centers. The Taconite Trail is the main thoroughfare in and out of Ely in the winter. Stretching 170 miles between Ely and Grand Rapids to the southwest, many spur routes will take you just about anywhere you want to go. The Tomahawk Trail, heading to the east, has 86 miles of varied terrain which the avid snowmobiler can use to connect up with hundreds of miles more of groomed trails.
If good snowmobiling gets you excited about winter, then try out the 170 mile long Taconite Trail and the 80 mile Tomahawk Trail. The Taconite Trail, or the “Mighty Taconite” as the locals call it, runs from Ely to Grand Rapids. It stretches across three state forests and the Superior National Forest. Smooth rides along this famous route are loaded with history and the Taconite’s many spurs and loops make for some quality modern day pioneering.
The Tomahawk Trail runs from Ely to the North Shore and Yukon Trails. The trail works closely with natural terrain and is one of the most scenic trails in the state. The tree cover that surrounds the trail edges, the lack of traffic and development allows you to have an uninhabited experience.
Many riders return to the Ely area each winter to enjoy its sheer beauty and varied terrain. It’s a region where people clearly love snowmobiling and they know how to make you feel welcome. Find out for yourself!