Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
In 1963 US Steel Corporation donated the mine and the land around it to the state of Minnesota and it became Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Almost 50 years later, in 2010, an additional land purchase adjoining Soudan Park established Lake Vermilion State Park and the two were officially joined into one in 2014. Vermilion/Soudan has over ten miles of continuous lakeshore within its boundaries, so boating, fishing and paddling bring many visitors to the park.
Amenities and trails at Soudan/Vermilion are still being developed as of 2018 and the DNR is making this their pilot project for a new generation of state parks.
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park is located near Soudan in Minnesota’s St. Louis County.
Over seven miles of hiking trails will take you around the rugged park. A spur off the Alaska Shaft Trail rewards hikers with a scenic view of Lake Vermilion.
A short, paved section of the Mesabi Trail connects the town of Soudan to Tower, but not yet to the main trail. When the trail is completed, it will link many towns on Minnesota’s Iron Range from Grand Rapids to Ely. Current, paved mileage is 135.
Three rustic canoe-in sites offer camping options, each with a fire ring, bear box and rustic toilet.
Snowshoeing is allowed everywhere but no groomed trails exist. Find northeastern Minnesota ski trails