Winter Wonderland in Minnesota!
Snowmobiling Northern Minnesota
We are located in the George Washington State Forest – 35 miles north of Grand Rapids – and centrally located amongst the trails so you don’t have to ride the same trail twice. We have direct access to the Herb Brandstrom Trail which will take you north to Bigfork and the Circle Trails or take it south to hit the Taconite Trail. From our resort you can connect to over hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Itasca County and St Louis County – some of the best snowmobiling in Minnesota. Local snowmobile clubs and the Department of Natural Resources developed the trails and maintain them. In the northeast part of Itasca County, where Loon Point Resort is located, you will find some of the most scenic trails, best maintained, and least heavily traveled. If you like to avoid the crowds, you’ll enjoy making Loon Point Resort your home base.
For the ‘die-hard’ snowmobile’r our resort location is the perfect starting point for your Northern Minnesota Snowmobile Trail adventure. There are several loops you can ride giving you the opportunity to put on hundreds of miles and not ride the same trail twice.
Gas Stations/Convenience Stores and restaurants are located throughout the trail systems. We have snowmobile maps that we can give you and can also give you suggestions on which trails to ride and which places to stop at for gas and great food – all accessible by snowmobile.
Northern Minnesota Snowmobile Trail Conditions: COME & RIDE WITH US!
Trail Reports: We get out and ride the trails as much as we can so we will update our website with trails conditions often
3-15-2018 Trail Conditions: Hello everyone! Our snowmobile season has pretty much come to an end. If you’re desperate you could ride but you will encounter many bare spots, slush and mud. It was an awesome season!! We had great trail conditions up by us, so a huge THANK YOU to the Swampsiders Snowmobile Club, the DNR and the Marcell Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club for doing such an awesome job at grooming the trails and keeping them groomed. Hopefully we’ll have lots of snow next winter so we can see you all again!! Have a great summer!!
Mid-week winter special: stay 2 nights (Sunday – Wednesday) and get the 3rd night free!!!
SNOWMOBILE CLUBS: We have 5 cabins available to accommodate large groups.
The Current Snow Depth: melting!!
- Herb Brandstrom, Scenic Park, Little Bear, Circle T, Circle L Trails – We have direct access to the Herb Brandstrom trail via the Loon Point Spur. This trail will take you north to Bigfork or south to the Taconite Trail (Swampsiders Snowmobile Club)
- Tim Corey & Bear Lake Trail, Little Bear Trail – these trails are northeast of us. (DNR)
- Bigfork Lions, Wilderness Willie Trail, Effie Connection, Marcell, Circle T, & Cameron Trails – these trails are over by Bigfork & Marcell. (Marcell Snowdrifters)
- Bearskin Trail, Wolftrack Trail, Cook Access Trail – these trails are northeast of us. (Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club)
- Day Brook, Nashwauk, Lud Mandich, Delbert Brandstrom & Lawron Trails – these trails are south of us. (Lawron Trail Riders)
- Keystone, Diamond Lake, Dirty Mike’s & Hornet Spur Trails – these trails are south of us, down by Bovey & Coleriane. (Itasca Snow Rangers) 3
- Greenway, Blackberry, Pelkey, Pengilly, Charter & Goodland Trails – these trails are way south of us, down by Coleraine, Marble, Calumet area. (Greenway Snowmobile Club)
- Suomi Trail – these trails are northwest of Grand Rapids. (38’ers Snowmobile Club)
For more information on the trails and trail conditions give us a call!! 218-245-1470
- Visit Grand Rapids Trail Map – Itasca County – trails north, west and south of us – Bigfork, Marcell, Winnibigoshish, Deer River, Grand Rapids
- Voyageur National Park – north of us – Big Falls, International Falls, Kabetogama, Orr
- Taconite State Trail map – south and east of us – Grand Rapids, Lake Vermillion, Ely
- St Louis county – west of us – Hibbing, Chisholm, Cook, Virginia, Lake Vermilion
- MN DNR Interactive Snowmobile Trail Map – excellent map – type Wasson for Place and select lake as the type. The map will take you right to us!
More Trail Conditions
- MN DNR Snow Depth and Trail Conditions
- Visit Grand Rapids Trail Conditions – Itasca County
- Voyageur National Park
- Taconite State Trail – will take you to the DNR trail conditions site
- Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association
- RiderX – from ride planning to managing your vehicles, RiderX provides you with the tools to plan your next adventure. App includes trail maps, record your rides, gas, food & lodging and no signal needed.
The Taconite State Trail extends 165 miles from Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Ely, Minnesota and intersects the Arrowhead State Trail west of Lake Vermilion. On the Grand Rapids end, the trail is paved for the first 6 miles for in-line skating and biking. The rest of the trail is natural surface used primarily in the winter months for snowmobiling. In the summer, several areas contain standing water, but some areas are suitable for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.
Taconite State Trail is a scenic experience twisting through aspen, birch, and pine forest leading to many isolated lakes and streams. Exploring the trail from Grand Rapids and heading north depicts the previous impact of the iron ore mining industry. As the trail goes north, the terrain becomes rolling and winding through thick forests. The Taconite Trail leads through State and National Forest land as well.
If you don’t have a snowmobile of your own and would like to rent, contact Rapids Rental in Grand Rapids. You can either pick up a rental sled there – or ask them to deliver it right to the resort! Call 800-542-0036 for more information on renting.
Don’t forget that Snowmobile Safety Certification is required by law for residents born after December 31, 1976. Click HERE for more information.
The Grand Rapids area offers more than 212K of skiing on 19 groomed trail systems. There’s a variety of terrain for the beginner, intermediate and expert, both classic and freestyle. Don’t let winter keep you indoors…cross-country skiing is a fantastic sport for the whole family to get out and enjoy Minnesota’s nature.
Cross-Country Skiing Trails located near Loon Point Resort:
- Stoney Ridge Trail – beginner to intermediate loops – 10 km
- The Stoney Ridge County Trail is located on county tax forfeited land amongst large tracts of state and county land in the George Washington State Forest. Three loops traverse the rugged terrain offering beginning and intermediate skiing. Sherry Lake can be found at the very end of the last loop. The Stoney Ridge Trail is located on county tax forfeited property that is managed for timber, wildlife, and dispersed recreational use by the County Land Department.
- Thistledew Trail – beginner to expert – 18 km
- The Thistledew Trail is located within the George Washington State Forest. The variety in topography, vegetation, and animal life contribute greatly to the quality of the recreational trails. Ski trails exist in the forest, providing loops to challenge the experienced skier as well as those that suit the novice.
- Scenic State Park – intermediate – 16.1 km
- The trail travels through pristine virgin pine shore land, offering beautiful views of the lake and the wildlife through the park. Click here for trail conditions.
- Wabana Trail – beginner to intermediate – 9.7 km
- The Wabana County Trail offers skiers five loops to choose from within a mixed forest and wildflower sanctuary. Especially beautiful is the river loop that follows the Wabana Creek. Clearwater Lake lies to the south of the trail system. Wabana is one of two designated county wildflower sanctuaries. The Wabana Trail is located on county tax forfeited property that is managed for timber, wildlife, and dispersed recreational use by the County Land Department.
- Trout Lake Trail – intermediate – 10 km
- Double-tracked classic ski 3 miles into Historic Joyce Estate (a 1920 lumber baron estate) and return, or venture off into the Doan Lake trail that is connected.
- Amen Lake Trail – beginner to intermediate – 7 km
- Located south of Amen Lake and west of Long Lake the Amen Lake County Trail features challenging trails through rolling hills and mixed forest. A spur trail at the far end of the loops connects to the southern portion of the Suomi Hills Recreation Area in the Chippewa National Forest. The Amen Lake Trail is located on county tax forfeited property that is managed for timber, wildlife, and dispersed recreational use by the County Land Department.
- Suomi Hills – intermediate to expert – 34.3 km
- The rolling topography offers cross-country trails for intermediate and advanced skiers. The trails are
groomed and track-set in the winter. The hilly terrain winds through forest and lakes. South trail connects to Amen Lake trails.
- The rolling topography offers cross-country trails for intermediate and advanced skiers. The trails are
- Go to Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club – this is an excellent link with information about the trails and an interactive Google map for easy location of trails.
Skinnyski.com – most current trail conditions. Scroll down about 1/4 way down the page to Iron Range area.
Trail Conditions – information provided by Visit Grand Rapids.
Visit Grand Rapids – information about ski trials in Itasca County, maps and trail conditions.
Visit Grand Rapids Ski Trail brochure/map – a brochure/map of all the ski trails in Itasca County
Minnesota Ski Pass
A Minnesota Ski Pass is required on all grant-in-aid trails. Some trails require a Great Minnesota Ski Pass which may be purchased at any electronic licensing agent. Funds generated by the sale of ski passes help local, county and state organizations maintain trails. Trails are maintained by the Itasca County Parks & Trail Department, Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Trails & Waterways division, and the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club volunteers. Your support to help maintain the trails is appreciated.
The Department of Natural Resources offers three ways for cross-country skiers to get the Great Minnesota Ski Pass. Cross-country skiers aged 16 and older must have a ski pass on most public ski trails.
- Purchase online
- Phone: You can purchase licenses by phone: 1-888-665-4236 (1-MN-LICENse). Call any time of day or night, seven days a week. This toll-free call provides immediate licensing by way of a license identification number, which will be issued at the time of the call. The license identification number is valid until you receive an actual license in the mail. All purchases must be made by credit card. There is $3.50 convenience fee per call.
- In Person: You can purchase a pass over the counter at any electronic ticket agent in the State system – anywhere you can buy a fishing license, you can also purchase a ski pass. In the Grand Rapids area that includes most convenience stores, L&M Fleet Supply, Glen’s Army Navy, Rapids West End Marketplace, and Reed Drug.
Ski Passes Cost $6.00 per person for a day pass, or $20 for a full season pass that is valid everywhere in Minnesota.
Darkhouse spearing is as much a tradition as it is a sport for those who participate. Wasson Lake offers a fantastic opportunity for the spearing enthusiast due to its water clarity and lake structure. Access on the lake is by snowmobile or ATV only.
DARKHOUSE for rent: New aluminum 6’x6′ darkhouse with a 36″x30″ spearing hole. Daily rate $75.00 Weekly rate $375.00. Includes heater, spear and decoys.
MT ITASCA WINTER SPORTS CENTER – Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Skiing, Snowboarding, and tubing. Take the kids tubing, skiing or snowboarding. What fun!! Equipment is available for rent. (218) 245-3487
2017-2018 Tubing Schedule: Open Weekends Dec 1 – March 11
Hours: Saturdays 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sundays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Schedule: Dec 23, 26-31, Jan 1 Closed Dec 24-25
Rates: $15.00 for 2 hours
Snowshoeing is a great opportunity to get out into the tranquil north woods during the winter.
There is no better way to begin snowshoeing than just going out and doing it. If you enjoy hiking in the summer months, you will love snowshoeing as a winter activity. Whether you like short walks or to go for miles, looking for a fun family activity or a little solitude.
An excellent trail to snowshoe is the Joyce Estates trail.
Stay at Loon Point Resort in the Winter and you can experience the thrill of dog sledding with a professional musher. He can be contacted for pricing and availability to coordinate with your stay at Loon Point Resort.
SUOMI HILLS KENNEL – Suomi Hills Kennel is devoted to sharing the joy of a sled dog experience and the beauty of Minnesota’s wintry landscape. For your sled dog tour and adventure, please contact Suomi Hills Kennel at 218-244-1265.