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Ely, Minnesota

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

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 streches across three state forests and the Superior National Forest. Smooth rides along this famous route are loaded with history and the Ta
conite’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 unihabited 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!


Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: 2 inches
Date of Report: March 23, 2017
Area Report:

Area Lakes & Trails: Grooming on all area trails has been suspended and trails may have icy stretches and areas of exposed ground.  With warming weather predicted, standing water up to 18 inches may exist in low lying and wetland portions of the trail.  Lake travel by snowmobile is not recommended.  Area snowmobile clubs have pulled staked trails from lakes.  Open water areas exist in areas of current and constriction points.  Warming weather may create standing water areas, which can cause dangerous ice conditions.  With diminished snow and trail conditions, please use caution if riding area trails.