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.