Northern Minnesota Snowmobile Trail Conditions


We are located about 35 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, centrally located amongst the trail system and we have direct access to the Herb Brandstrom Trail.

Gas Stations/Convenience Stores and restaurants are located throughout the trail systems.  We have snowmobile maps that we will 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!

Snowmobile Trail Conditions:  We get out and ride the trails as much as we can so we will update our website with trails conditions often.

Northern Minnesota Snowmobile Trail Conditions

2-19-2020 SNOWMOBILE TRAIL CONDITIONS:  Trails have been in excellent condition!!!  Load up those sleds and get up here!!  We unfortunately have not been riding yet this year (stupid I know!! We have been working on a big project that’s been taking up all our time) BUT the tool belt and paint brush are going to get thrown to the side this week cause we’re going riding.  Our groups the past couple of weeks have said that the trails are phenomenal! So what are you waiting for?

Mid-week winter special:  stay 2 nights (Sunday thru Thursday stays) and get the 3rd night free!!!

SNOWMOBILE CLUBS: We have 5 cabins available to accommodate large groups.   

The Current trail base depth: 24 – 30 inches


The following Trails are located north and northeast of Grand Rapids. Here’s a link to open up the snowmobile mapLook for the red #20 in the top right-hand side of the map. That’s where we are located and the following is trail conditions for the trails around us. 

MN Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobiling Northern Minnesota best trails

Herb Brandstrom, Scenic Park, Little Bear, Circle T, Circle L Trails:
(Swampsiders Snowmobile Club) 

2-19-2020 Trails are getting groomed on a regular weekly schedule.

The Herb Brandstrom is in good shape there is just one stretch about 200 yards long that we share with loggers that is right around mile marker 17. But other than that the Herb Brandstrom is a good runner all the way through.


Tim Corey, Circle L & Bear Lake Trail: 
(DNR)   The DNR is very good about getting out and grooming a couple times a week.  They’re better at getting out grooming than they are about updating their website on trail conditions 🙂


Bigfork Lions, Wilderness Willie Trail, Effie Connection, Marcell, Circle T, & Cameron Trails:
(Marcell Snowdrifters) 

2-18-2020  Grooming schedule for this week
Tuesday: Effie connection, Lions trail, Bigfork to Cameron, Marcell trail North and Cameron.
Wednesday: Wilderness Willie, circle T, and the Bowstring trail.
Thursday: Marcell South to the divide.


Taconite Trail:   

The DNR is very good about getting out and grooming a couple times a week.  They’re better at getting out grooming than they are about updating their website on trail conditions 🙂


Bearskin Trail, Wolftrack Trail, Cook Access Trail:
(Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club)   2-19-2020  This club has a tendency to not post trail conditions on their Facebook page.  That being said, our snowmobile groups this past weekend rode these trails and said the trails were in  GREAT CONDITION

Day Brook, Nashwauk, Lud Mandich, Delbert Brandstrom & Lawron Trails: 
(Lawron Trail Riders)  2-19-2020  No new updates

Keystone, Diamond Lake, Dirty Mike’s & Hornet Spur Trails:  
 (Itasca Snow Rangers) 

Greenway, Blackberry, Pelkey, Pengilly, Charter & Goodland Trails: 
  (Greenway Snowmobile Club)  2-12-2020  All the Greenway trails are groomed and in great shape! Get out and enjoy them. Ride sober and ride safe!


Suomi & Clearwater Trail:  
(38’ers Snowmobile Club)

For more information on the trails and trail conditions give us a call!!  218-245-1470

Minnesota Snowmobile Trail Maps Taconite Trail

More Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Other LinksMNUSA

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.

RIDE COMMAND:  Know where you are going!!

A Mobile app to track your ride. This app is a must have.  It shows the trails, where you are on the trails, points of interest, and much more.  Our best feature is the ability to post trail conditions!!

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. 

Cross-Country Skiing

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:

cross country skiing

      • 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.

Trail Conditions:

      •   Go to Northern Lights Nordic Ski Clubthis is an excellent link with information about the trails and an interactive Google map for easy location of trails.

OTHER LINKS – 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

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.

Ice Fishing – Angling & DarkhouseDarkhouse

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

MT ITASCA WINTER SPORTS CENTER – The Mt Itasca Winter Sports Center is a beautiful ski center located just minutes from Grand Rapids and Loon Point Resort.  The facility has Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Skiing, Snowboarding, and tubing.  Take the kids tubing, skiing or snowboarding.  Ski and snowboard equipment can be rented.  What fun!!  Equipment is available for rent.  (218) 245-3487

2018-2019 Tubing Schedule:      Open Weekends Dec 7 – March 15

Hours:  Saturdays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sundays    12:00 am – 4:00 pm

Holiday Schedule:   Open Dec 23, Dec 26 – Jan 3.   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.

snowshoeingWhen deciding where to go for the day, note that most cross country ski trails double as snowshoeing trails.

An excellent trail to snowshoe is the Joyce Estates trail.


Dog Sledding

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 sled_funis 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.