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Ely, Minnesota

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Reporter:ElyChamber
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 18"-30"
Date of Report: February 21, 2020
Area Report:

GENERAL INFORMATION: Trails saw heavy use over the holiday weekend, but they are holding up well and continue to be groomed regularly to keep corners and bumps cut down.  Trails overall are reported to be in excellent condition.  Several area lakes are now staked, and riders are asked to please ride in staked areas to ensure best conditions.   As always, even when conditions are their best, it’s still wise to use caution when venturing onto the ice on foot or machine.

 

Please be advised that the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race will be running on the Taconite trail as well as Bear Head Lake State Park trail on Sunday.  Please use caution and watch for signs indicating areas where the race is in progress.   

 

Area Trails:

All groomers are fully operational and on schedule with grooming all area trails.  Trails are reported to be in excellent shape.  Tomahawk trail is groomed to the North Shore trail.  Conditions on Grassy Loop, Burntside, Shagawa, Little Long, Mud Lake and White Iron Lake are also reported to be in great shape.  Birch Lake is staked for snowmobile trails to Hidden Bay.  Cedar Lake is not staked; snowmobilers should use Cloquet Line instead.    Everything else is staked. As always, please stay on staked trails. 

 

Arrowhead State Trail

Snowmobiling: Condition-Excellent Trail – Groomed  Base – 1-6”

The Arrowhead State trail is the backbone to an extensive Grant-in-Aid trail system that travels through remote areas.

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The entire trail is groomed and in very good condition from the Taconite State Trail junction north to the Blue Ox trail.  The trail is hardening up and will be groomed another time before the weekend.

 

Bearhead Lake State Park

Snowmobiling: Condition – Very good  Trails – Groomed  Base 5-12”

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The Taconite Trail and Cub Lake Spur to the Trail Center are both in very good condition.   Please be advised that the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race will be running on the Taconite trail as well as Bear Head Lake State Park trail on Sunday.  Please use caution and watch for signs indicating areas where the race is in progress.   

 

Bearhead State Park trails provide rolling topography through birch and pine stands.  You may see a variety of wildlife ranging from deer, wolves, ruffed grouse, and pine martens.  You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as snowmobiling or skiing.

 

Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Snowmobiling: Condition – Very Good Trails – Groomed  Base – 1-6”

TRAIL CONDITIONS:   Trails are in very good condition and were groomed over the last couple of days.  For all trails use caution at all times.  Please travel at appropriate speeds and stay to the right No motorized vehicles other than snowmobiles are allowed on State Trails or Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails.    

 

The park has 5 miles of snowmobile trails that connects from the Taconite State Trail to the Lake Vermilion ice trail.  The ride takes you through old growth pines and young aspen forests with large wetland complexes to view along the way.  You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as snowmobiling or skiing.

 

Putnam/Fishing Lakes – Bear Island State Forest

Snowmobiling: Condition – Very Good Trails – Groomed  Base – 1-6”

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. 

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The entire trail was groomed midweek and will be groomed again before the weekend.  Please use caution when riding, travel at appropriate speeds, and stay to the right. Trails are hard and very fast right now.  No Motorized Vehicles other than snowmobiles are allowed on State Trails or Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails.

 

Taconite State Trail

Snowmobiling: Condition – Excellent Trails – Groomed  Base 1-6”

Taconite State Trail stretches one hundred sixty-five miles from Grand Rapids to Ely through many scenic vistas of rolling hillsides, lakes, rivers and forest.

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The trail is groomed and in very good shape; the surface is hard and very fast right now.  The trail will be groomed again before the weekend to flatten the corners and bumps.  Please use caution when riding, travel at appropriate speeds, and stay to the right. No Motorized Vehicles other than snowmobiles are allowed on State Trails or Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails.  Please be advised that the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race will be running on the Taconite trail as well as Bear Head Lake State Park trail on Sunday.  Please use caution and watch for signs indicating areas where the race is in progress.   

 

 

Taconite Spur West – Last groomed 2/14/20

Taconite Spur North – Last groomed 2/14/20

Stony Spur East – Last groomed 2/13/20

 

 


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More information on area events can be found by visiting our website at http://www.ely.org/mn/events



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!