Grand Marais and the Lake Superior North Shore/Cook County offer over 450 miles of snowmobile trails for you to explore. Every part of Cook County offers something special for a snowmobile outing, featuring the beauty and solitude of the wilderness. Keep an eye out for wildlife! Don’t miss the moose, fox, coyotes and wolves that inhabit the area.
Know the Rules of the Snowmobiling Road
Like a lot of things in life, simply applying common sense is always a good bet for keeping safe when playing with big toys like snowmobile in weather conditions that require preparation for comfort and safety. In the case of snowmobiles, you are traveling over wide areas where trespassing is to be avoided by staying on marked trails. Rule of the road must be followed (i.e., drinking and driving, proper registration and licensing, etc.). As long your snowmobile is registered in Minnesota, its use is free. Out of state folks will need to get a permit (Purchase Details)).
North Shore State Trail
The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail is a 146 mile natural surface trail from Duluth to Grand Marais. The trail runs through St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota, winding its way through the forests on the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior. The North Shore State Trail provides access to some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in Minnesota. In winter, the trail connects with hundreds of miles of snowmobile club trails and many communities in the area.
For most of its length, the trail provides a wilderness experience. The majority of the trail is in a remote, natural and undeveloped setting with few roads and many river crossings. Visitors may encounter native wildlife, such as moose, deer, bear, fox, raptors, grouse, waterfowl, songbirds and timber wolves. Views of rivers, lakes, valleys and scenic overlooks are a part of the trail experience. Visitors may observe activities including logging, farms, wildlife and fish management.
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Grand Marais & North Shore Winter Activities
With an average of 120 inches of snow per year, you would expect Grand Marais & North Shore Winter Activities to include just about everything you could want to do on this slippery white stuff! You'd be right, and you can enjoy it on the 400 km of groomed cross-country ski trails (the biggest such network in North America), 450 miles of snowmobile trails, and 1,000 acres of downhill skiing and snowboarding.
The ancient Sawtooth Mountains rise 1088 feet above the coast of Lake Superior – topography, unlike any other Midwest locale. And that brings more of what you want in a ski trip – the highest mountains, the most snow, and the breathtaking beauty of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains. Lutsen Mountains offers 95 sweeping runs over four mountains with a lift-serviced vertical rise more than double that of other regional resorts. Lutsen offers more terrain – and terrain features – than any other Midwest destination. In addition to miles of backcountry trails filled with timber features, cliff drops and off-piste adventure, Lutsen Progression Parks offer jibs and jumps on all four mountains covering more terrain and offering the longest slopestyle run in Mid-America.
View Grand Marais & North Shore Winter Activities Guide.