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Trail Report – : Lake Vermilion, St. Louis County, Minnesota – December 22, 2021

Trail Conditions: Not Ridable
Snow Cover: Anywhere from 3" to 10", base only 1-3"
Date of Report: December 22, 2021
Area Report:

Grooming has not taken place yet on most area snowmobile trails as the conditions still haven’t been ideal, which includes the state trails.  We need more snow and ice (especially in the swamp areas) before grooming can begin.  DNR and local volunteers have been working hard to clear the trails first from the branches/brush/blowdown in several areas from the recent rainstorm.  DNR will be going through the State Park trails and Putnam-Fishing Lakes trail to check on the brush/clearing needs.

Our local snowmobile clubs (Vermilion Penguins and Cook Timberwolves) and many volunteers have recently completed staking Lake Vermilion on the East end.  West end not completed yet.  As our local club reports, “In case you’re wondering, ice depth is somewhat surprisingly only from about 5-8″.  Still not suitable for regular vehicles.  In fact, the Cook club does not recommend lake travel on the west end just yet.  Be a bit patient please– safety first.”  As the group finished up the East end, they reported no significant ice/pressure ridges.

Also, there still is some active logging happening on a number of sites throughout the State Trail system.  Please slow down and give trucks and logging equipment space!

Snowmobile travel is not recommended.