Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System
Snowmobiling Conditions and Trail Information
AKA "G Trail"
Gunflint Trail Lodging
Gunflint Lake in background from
overlook along the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail.
Gunflint Snowmobile Trails are groomed numerous times a
week, see groomer schedule.
The following North Shore / Gunflint
Trail Businesses have
Sponsored the Gunflint Snowmobile
Downtown Spur Trail 5.5 miles
This spur trail connects downtown Grand Marais to the
North Shore State Snowmobile Trail and the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System.
Grand Marais Lodging
Snowmobile Trail System AKA "G Trail" 125 miles
Forested snowmobile trails travel north of downtown Grand Marais with
connections to the North Shore State Snowmobile Trail, the
Portage Snowmobile Trail System, Upper Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System and the
Ontario Snowmobile Trail System out of Gunflint Lake.
Snowmobiling on the North Shore you may see moose, deer, wolves, pine
martens, lynx and fox. Snowmobiling is not allowed in the
BWCAW (which is patrolled by dog teams and from the air.) You'll be
riding in secluded areas, services are available at some lodges on the trail, with a concentration around Poplar Lake, the midway
point on the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail system.
But be prepared, sled with others and bring an extra belt. Other items
worth bringing with are: food, water, cell phone (limited service), fuel and oil. Leave
your itinerary with a friend or family member and get a local weather
Ontario Snowmobile Trails from the Gunflint
Trail / Gunflint Lake / Sag Lake area.
Grand Marais Lodging
and Common Sense [maps]
Most of the trails in the Minnesota Arrowhead/Northeastern Minnesota are
wilderness trails, or adjacent to wilderness areas.
Trails cross private and public land and are developed and
maintained through a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR)
Grant-In-Aid 'GIA' program. Local snowmobile groups act in conjunction with the
state to create, groom and maintain area trails. If you intend to use a
state trail or GIA trail you must possess a
state trail sticker. Otherwise snowmobiling is free of
charge in Minnesota as long as your snowmobile is registered here, or
in your home state or province. A 50 MPH speed limit is in effect unless
otherwise posted. Watch out for dog sledding teams, moose, deer and
approaching snowmobiles. Stay off ski trails - Lodges and resorts spend
large amounts of money grooming their ski trails, and when sledders
destroy the skinny skiing trails, it gives all of us a bad rap!
ALWAYS RIDE WITH OTHERS, have a current map, and bring repair items. Other
items you better bring with are: emergency food, water, flash light, cell
phone (special note; there is not cell phone service on the Gunflint Trail
or most of the area surrounding the Gunflint Trail - don't rely on your
cell phone to get you out of a jam!), belt, fuel and oil. Leave your itinerary with a friend or family
member and get a
forecast. See emergency contacts on
our area contacts page.
State Snowmobile Trail System
From Duluth to Grand Marais, Minnesota the 153
mile long North Shore State Snowmobile Trail system traverses St. Louis,
Lake and Cook Counties of northeastern, Minnesota. The trail system winds
its way through forests and nearby Lake Superior scenic overlooks.