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Trail Report – : Ely, Minnesota – January 20, 2022

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Reporter:Ely Chamber of Commerce/Explore MN Visitor Center
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 15-17 inches
Date of Report: January 20, 2022
Area Report:

TRAIL CONDITIONS:  The trail is groomed and in good condition,  Watch for occasional exposed rocks on the hills.  The small segment of trail between Ban Lake Rd and Crane Lake Rd (CR23) got its first groom through the swamp early this week and will be groomed again before the weekend.   Snow:  8-23 Inches  Snowmobiling: Condition- Good; Trail – Groomed; Base –1-8” 

Bearhead Lake State Park  

The Cross Country track was set in the campground and on the Beach Trail to the Trail Center on Friday, January 14.  Two feet of snow is needed to groom Norberg Lake Loop.


Snowmobiling: Condition – Good; Trails – Groomed; Yes Base 2-4”

Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park

TRAIL CONDITIONS:  Snowmobiling: Condition – Poor to fair; Trails – Will be Groomed by the weekend; Base – 1-6” Watch for occasional rocks and brush hanging on the trail..

Putnam/Fishing Lakes – Bear Island State Forest

TRAIL CONDITIONS:  Snowmobiling: Condition – Fair to Good; Trails –Fishing Lakes trail is groomed.  Putnam Lake Trail to be groomed next week.  Base 1-6”  Fishing Lakes trail is groomed and in fair condition. Watch for rocks on both of these trails, mainly on the hills.  

Taconite State Trail

.TRAIL CONDITIONS: The entire trail from Ely to Hwy 73/Side Lake is in good condition and will be groomed twice before this coming weekend.  A few hills west of Hwy 53 still have exposed rocks.  Snowmobiling: 7 to 21″ of snow.  Condition – Good; Trails –Groomed; Base 1-7” 

News and Reports:

Ely Fun Run Event – Saturday, February 5, 2022 – For event details call 218-365-3141 or email