It is no exaggeration to say that Tower, Minnesota is an outdoor recreation paradise. No matter what season, no matter what your favorite outdoor recreation activity is, whether for fun or business, Tower and the surrounding area has everything – we are NOT kidding! Find more information on opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors on these sites:
Mesabi Iron Range Recreation
Lake Vermilion Chamber of Commerce
Vermilion Lake Association
Tower has long been known as a hub for several of Minnesota’s prominent snowmobile trails – The Taconite State Trail, Arrowhead State Trail, Iron Ore Trail all converge in Tower. But you can ride from here to virtually every corner of the State. Join fellow snowmobile enthusiasts in the Vermilion Penguins Snowmobile Club whose mission is to maintain the great quality of snowmobiling in the Lake Vermilion - Tower area. Find more information at:
Vermilion Penquin Snowmobile Club
DNR Interactive Snowmobile Trails
About: The City of Tower/Howard Wagoner Ski Trails provide 12km of beginner to intermediate trails that wind through quiet and beautiful pine, mixed woods, and bog forests. Trails are groomed for classical skiing. The system includes a lighted loop for night skiing. Our trails are groomed and maintained by volunteers and with funding from the MN DNR Cross-Country Ski Grant-in-Aid Program. The Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski and can be purchased online. Trails are not patrolled – use caution and enjoy!
Location & Parking: The trails are just south of the City of Tower and can be accessed from two separate parking areas. North parking is 0.3 miles south of the junction of MN Hwy 1/169 and MN Hwy 135 on south side of road at Trail Kiosk. The South (main) parking is 1.5 mile south of the same junction on MN Hwy 135 on the west side of road (Trails sign & Kiosk).
Support our trails! Join the Wagoner Trails Club $5/individual or $10/family yearly.
Trail conditions: Skinnyski Trails & Conditions
We think that the Lake Vermilion- Soudan Underground Mine State Park just a few miles to our east in Soudan and Breitung Township is one of the finest state parks in the system. The historic underground mine portion provides fascinating and fun tours of the oldest, deepest, richest iron ore mine in Minnesota – almost ½ mile underground! And the “new” Lake Vermilion portion added 3000 acres of beautiful forest and nearly 5 miles of Lake Vermilion wild shoreline in 2010. The park also provides all the amenities for camping, boating, hiking, snowmobiling and ATVing. For more information see Minnesota DNR website.
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Tower is home to a multi-discipline Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Office.
Tower Area Fisheries
Tower is home to a multi-discipline Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Office.The newest trail offered in the area is a tucked right south of Tower within a ten-minute walk from Main Street. The two miles of beautiful quiet trails and loops wind through old white cedar and mixed woods, skirts bog forest and climbs up over mossy rock outcrops, providing views of the distant Lake Vermilion. This is a “wilderness-type” footpath which means there are roots, rocks, and some steep slippery slopes that require careful walking – we recommend a walking stick for those that can use extra help for balance.
The Prospector Loop Trail System is a new 130-mile ATV trail that connects Ely, Babbitt, Embarrass, Tower, along with Bear Head and Lake Vermilion State Parks. The trail will also tie in with existing trail systems that connect to the North Shore by the Lake County Regional ATV Trail. The trail will be open from Spring when conditions permit till November 1 each year. It will allow both Class 1 and 2 ATVs (single rider or larger side-by-sides), off-highway motorcycles, and some sections will be open for off-road trucks as well as horseback riders. For more information see their website.
Prospector ATV Club
Tower Area may not be widely known as horseback riding country, but in fact, local trails, unpaved roads and abandoned rail beds provide many miles of scenic and easy-going horseback riding opportunities. For more information and advice of local equestrians, check out the website.
Horseback Riding on the Iron Range