Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park - Activities

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  • A state park vehicle permit is NOT required when parking in the mine parking lot. Tour prices are $12 for adults, and $7 for children ages 5 - 12.
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  • Take U.S. Highway 169 towards Ely and follow the signs. Soudan is located 2 miles east of Tower, MN.

Green Practices

  • Desc of Green Practices in Place: Recycling is available on site for visitors -- cans and bottles.Current energy conservation efforts include regulated thermostats in the buildings, efficient light bulb replacement in the visitor center, and energy efficient furnaces and water heaters
  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Batty About Bats

    1379 Stuntz Bay Rd.
    Soudan, MN 55782
    Call: (218) 300-7000

    Join us as we search for these "creatures of the night" and learn about their special adaptations and abilities. The evening includes games, songs, and the chance to see the bats begin their nightly search for food.

  2. Canoeing 101: A Beginner's Guide To Canoeing

    1302 McKinley Park Rd
    Soudan, MN 55782
    Call: 218-300-7000

    Why does my canoe not go where I want it to? Why does my canoe not go in a straight line? If you have these questions or if you have never canoed before, join our trained canoe instructor to learn the basics of canoeing. The program will cover basic strokes, techniques, and safety practices to make your canoeing experiences enjoyable.

  3. Monarch Mania

    1302 McKinley Park Rd
    Soudan, MN 55782
    Call: (218) 300-7000

    Join us in the visitor center as Tom of Tom's Monarch World brings his live display of monarchs to the park. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about and see first-hand the life cycle of the monarch. We will have monarch tags on hand to tag all newly emerged monarchs as part of the Monarch Watch program.

  4. Night Sky of the Northwoods

    1302 McKinley Park Rd
    Soudan, MN 55782
    Call: (218) 300-7000

    Join us as we take you on a spectacular tour of the night skies. After a short indoor presentation, we venture outside to view the celestial sights through provided telescope and binoculars.

  5. River Canoe Trip: A Scientific Exploration of Water Quality

    1302 McKinley Park Rd
    Soudan, MN 55782
    Call: (218) 300-7000

    Are you looking for a more exciting adventure than just canoeing a lake? Join our naturalist and canoe enthusiast as we travel down a section of a local river. Perhaps we will see turtles sunning themselves on logs or river otters busy at play or eagles searching for food, the opportunities are endless. The trip will include a water quality monitoring experiment. River canoeing offers additional challenges, such as currents, so canoe experience is required for this program. Meet at the park visitor center and dress appropriately for being outdoors and in the water. Bring your own water, snacks, and lunch. Call the park office to register, as space is limited. Must be at least 13 years old and youth must be accompanied by an adult. Canoes and equipment will be provided for this program. The program costs $25.00 per person (youth under 13 are allowed, please call for details).

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  1. Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park

    1302 McKinley Park Rd
    Soudan, MN 55782
    Call: (218) 300-7000


    May 12, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018

    Minnesota's newest state park combines the historic Soudan Underground Mine and the new 3,000 acre expansion on the east side of the park. The park's first campground, Vermilion Ridge Campground, opens September 12 - just in time for the fall color season.

    The park's new campground offers 33 campsites for both tent and RV camping, Wi-Fi throughout the developed areas of the campground, modern shower buildings with a light carbon footprint, and three group camps with screened picnic shelters.

    Visitors can connect to the Mesabi Bike Trail from inside the park, use the Armstrong Bay Day Use area for picnicking or the newly-constructed water access for fishing, or take in a tour of the history Soudan Underground Mine during tour season.

    The park is being constructed in stages as funding becomes available. Future development will include hiking trails, a visitor center, and expanded camping capacity.

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