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Tower Multi Use Trail

Friday, September 23, 2016

Alt Names

St. Louis County, Vermilion Lake

Last Known StatusTemporarily Closed

While not a major OHV destination, this trail is located next to Lake Vermilion, voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the United States. The trail connects the town of Tower to McKinley Campground and a public beach.

The area offers numerous camping and boating opportunities, and highlights include primitive campsites and picnic areas located on Hinsdale Island that can only be accessed by a boat. For a unique camping opportunity rent an entire island! Nearby Soudan Underground Mine State Park offers visitors daily tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Nearest CityTower, MN
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From: Duluth, MN
1) Take US-53 north about 65 miles
2) Turn right (east) on SR-169, continue 21 miles
3) Turn left (north) on Poplar Street, continue .2 miles to staging area.


LandCity Land, County Land


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesMN OHV Permit
Dates OpenApril 1 - November 30
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)OHMs not to exceed distance of 20 inches, ATVs 99dB at 20 inches
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for operators under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.


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EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)


Contact InfoCity of Tower
602 Main Street
Tower, MN 55790
(218) 753-4070
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
CommentOHV Permit Info



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Climate TypeForest
Elevation1450 to 1500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Single TrackThis county land has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has almost all beginner terrain.All
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has no intermediate level terrain.None
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None



First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (E)Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (218) 365-3271
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Vermilion Tackle Company (218) 753-2181
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Vermilion Tackle Company (218) 753-2181
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)McKinley Park Campground (218) 753-5921 or (218) 780-6860
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (N)McKinley Park Campground (218) 753-5921 or (218) 780-6860
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)McKinley Park Campground (218) 753-5921 or (218) 780-6860
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)McKinley Park Campground (218) 753-5921 or (218) 780-6860
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Vermilion Tackle Company (218) 753-2181
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (N)McKinley Park Campground (218) 753-5921 or (218) 780-6860
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (N)Vermilion Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (N)McKinley Park Campground (218) 753-5921 or (218) 780-6860
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