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Trail Report For: Ely – 01/13/2015

Trail Report: Ely

Reported By:Ely Chamber of Commerce

Date of Report:01/13/2015

Trail Conditions: Fair

Snow Cover: 8-10 Inches

Area Report: Taconite Snowmobile Trail – This trail stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely through many scenic vistas of rolling hillsides, lakes, rivers and forests. There are several trail shelters along the trail located at popular stopping points offering scenic vistas. Local snow depth is 8-10 inches. The Taconite trail has been groomed once from Ely to the Arrowhead Trail Intersection. It has not been groomed west due to lack of sufficient snow. Please use caution while riding the trails and watch for exposed rocks. 1-2 inch base Fair Condition. Groomed Mileage: 165 Miles

Stony Spur Trail – This trail is 24 miles long. Crews groomed the Stony Spur last Tuesday (January 6). Little short of snow by Babbitt but the farther east the more snow there is. Crews will not groom again until we get more snow.

Tomahawk Trail & Local Trails–This trail is 85.5 Miles long. Crews rolled the local trails and from the North Shore to Mattila’s Shelter last night (Monday, January 12). Trails are listed as fair. Watch for thinning base in areas. Slow down and use caution. Minimal base 1-2 inches. Crews will roll the trail from Ely to Mattila’s Shelter tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14. Most area lakes are staked. Please follow the staked trail when choosing lake travel.

Taconite Spur Trail – This trail is 39 Miles long and crews will attempt to groom this trail on Friday of this week. Short on snow, but making an attempt. Crews will groom to Giants Ridge today, but this trail will most likely still be in bad shape because of the rocky power line in Embarrass. Needs much more snow.

Bear Island State Forest – Putnam and Fishing Lakes Trails traverse 17 miles of forested, rolling topography through birch, ash, and pine stands. Several small lakes dot the landscape along these scenic trails. Crews are continuing to pack trails and will groom as soon as we receive enough snow. 0 inch base, poor condition. Local snow depth is 8-10 inches.

Soudan Underground Mine State Park – Crews are continuing to pack trails and will groom this two mile trail as soon as we receive enough snow. Snow depth is 8-10 inches. 0 inch base, poor condition. Mine tours are closed to the public for the season and will re-open on Memorial Weekend. Only group tours by reservation are scheduled during the winter months.

Lake Vermilion State Park – This new state park has added some temporary snowmobile trails (trails may change in the future years) for this winter. The 6 miles of 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 the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Crews are continuing to pack trails and will groom as soon as we receive enough snow. Local snow depth is 8-10 inches. 0 inch base, poor condition.

News & Events: Annual Fun Run – January 24, 2015

The Fun Run is a fundraiser for snowmobile trails in the Ely, Babbitt, and Tower Area. Saturday, January 24, 2015 beginning at 8 am until 4 pm visit all 3 check-in points.

With registration, you get a ticket to win 1 of 20+ grand prizes. People can pick up their registration packet at check-in points at Benchwarmers in Tower, Grand Ely Lodge in Ely, or at Tank’s Bar in Babbitt. You receive 1 ticket to win 1 of over 200 door prizes.

You can snowmobile or drive your car to the next check-in point where you will get 2 additional tickets for the door prizes. Visit the 3rd check-in point and you get 3 more tickets. In all, you will have 7 chances to win prizes at the wrap up party at Fortune Bay Saturday evening starting at 7 or 8 pm.

For lodging options check www.ely.org

Early registration for $20 until January 21. After that date and on the day of the event, it’s $25. Forms in local papers.

For more information or to register on-line, go to: Snowmobile Fun Run

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