Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Bridge the past and the future with a visit to Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park. While the park is home to Minnesota’s oldest iron ore mine, recently acquired lands provide public access to one of Minnesota’s largest and most scenic recreational lakes. The park offers visitors nearly 10 miles of shoreline on Lake Vermilion which is nestled among the scenic stands of white and Norway pine. The rugged ridges, which date back over 2.7 billion years, provide spectacular views in a peaceful and relaxing setting.
Parts of Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park are still under development. There is currently a rough road that leads to a day-use area, which includes three picnic shelters and a fishing pier in Armstrong Bay. There is no camping at this park as of this time, but construction of a campground, which includes modern campsites and camper cabins, will soon be underway. Once complete, a variety of camping options, interpretive programs, access to the Jasper Peak fire tower and trail opportunities will be available. For more information on what’s being completed in this portion of the park, visit www.mndnr.gov/lakevermilion.
The Soudan Underground Mine within the park is open! Tours of this mine, being the oldest iron-ore mine in Minnesota, will take you down 2,341 feet to the 27thlevel where you’ll then ride a train to the Montana stope for a snapshot back in time. This portion of the park also offers several miles of maintained hiking trails, and self-guided surface mine tours. Modern restroom facilities and a picnic area are also available. For more information on the Soudan Underground Mine and to schedule a guided tour, visit www.mndnr.gov/soudan.
Guided and self-guided mine tours, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sight-seeing, and more to come as the park is further developed!
Parts of the park are accessible and more will become available as the park is developed. The underground mine tours are fully accessible. For more information, please call the park at218-753-2245.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome in Minnesota State Parks, but must be accompanied at all times, remain on a six-foot leash, and be cleaned up after. Pets are not allowed on the underground mine tours.
The park is open year-round. Underground mine tours are offered mid-May through Labor Day and on weekends through mid-October.
Standard Minnesota State Park vehicle permit fees are applicable. Current guided mine tour fees can be found at www.mndnr.gov/soudan.