Ely Area Trail Conditions

February 15, 2024


Taconite State Trail, Arrowhead State Trail, Putnam/Fishing Lakes Trails, and Lake Vermilion Soudan Underground Mine State Park Tails:    Due to warm weather and lack of snow, we do not recommend riding at this time. There is bare ground and open water present throughout the system, and it is not safe for travel. Until we get substantial additional snow to improve the base and cover the rocks, hummocks, and holes, full-on trail grooming will not begin. If you are riding the trails, use caution and remain alert for rocks, holes, and generally rough trail conditions. Continue to monitor conditions online, as they may change rapidly if we get snowfall: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html

Snow: 0 inches with a base of 0 inches. Groomed: No Condition: Poor

Babbitt Golf Course Trail: Not Skiable.

Babbitt Birch Lake Plantation:  Not Skiable.

Bear Head Lake State Park:  UFFDA! What a "winter". With the warm weather and lengthy rains, the remnants of the ski trails are patches of ice and bare ground. Last week, Bear Head Lake was covered with standing water in many spots. If you choose to traverse the lake, be sure to check the ice frequently and expect slush spots. Ice is never 100 percent safe-- especially this year.

REMINDER: It is unlawful to walk, snowshoe, have pets, or destroy any part of the groomed ski trails in any manner.

Skiing Base: 0-2 inches. Conditions: Poor Groomed: No

Snowmobiling conditions: Closed. Groomed: No.  Base: 0-2 inches


Along with the DNR trail conditions website, continue to monitor these clubs’ websites (www.ridetheborders.com/trail-report.html & www.snowmobilevacation.org/trail-updates) for the most current Arrowhead State Trail conditions.