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Ely, Minnesota

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Reporter: ElyChamber
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 25"
Date of Report: February 14, 2019
Area Report:

Taconite/David Dill State Trail
Snow: 15-30”
Base: 2-5”
Groomed: Yes
Condition: Very Good
The entire Taconite is groomed and in very good condition. Be aware of logging operations on and around the trail just west of Hwy 1, south of Ely.
The spur trail leading from the Taconite to the Oasis Bar and Grill in Britt has been rerouted due to landowner issues. The reroute goes from the Taconite east of Hwy 53 (opposite side from the Oasis) to Peppard Rd, crosses Hwy 53 at the Peppard Rd Jct, and follows the ditch south to Peel Rd and to the Oasis.

Putnam/Fishing Lakes Trail – is groomed and in very good condition. Be aware of an open spring just off the trail as you go around Putnam Lake.

Lake Vermilion- Soudan Underground Mine State Park Trail– are groomed and in very good condition.

Tomahawk Trail – From Ely to Knotted Pine is partially groomed and groomers are hoping to have the trails completely groomed before the weekend. Knotted Pine to the North Shore is groomed and in good condition. Burntside to Mud Lake is groomed and so is Mud Lake to Vermilion. Teams hope to have everything groomed within the next week.

Arrowhead State Trail
Snow: 15-26”
Base: 2-6”
Groomed: Yes
Condition: Very Good
The entire Arrowhead is groomed and in very good condition. Be aware of logging activity on and around the trail going north from Hwy 1 toward Lost Lake swamp.


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Snowmobiling Information

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!