Some of the activities will depend on the
status of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the mine tour and
Our walks should not be an issue, since we’re outside, though
we may have to practice distancing on our trails.
is taking another club trip in September!
NSTT walkers had such a good time on the NW Corner trip in 2017
they’ve been asking when we’ll do it again. Well, we’re doing it
again in 2021 and we’re going up to the Ely area to walk some
challenging trails and have some fun together as a group.
Several trips to the area have been made by the organizing
committee, and we think we’ve got a great trip planned for you!
We’re going to the Ely area because our newest state park, Lake
Vermilion Soudan Underground Mine, will have a new trail open that
we can walk to enjoy this newest addition to our state park
The trip will be run much like last time, with participants
responsible for their own lodging, transportation and food. You
will pay a flat registration fee that will cover event
registration, a leather banner award and three lunches.
The current plan is to reserve the largest of the new group camps
at Lake Vermilion, which has electric hookups for RVs and
trailers, as well as flush toilets/hot showers and an enclosed
picnic shelter. This will be our “command center” and where most
of our folks will probably stay.
Events will start on Thursday, September 9, but you will probably
want to come up the day before, as our first event will be at
Voyageurs National Park, which is a 1-1/2–2 hour drive from
Tower/Ely. The last event will be in the BWCAW on Tuesday,
September 15. Again, you will probably want to stay overnight and
drive home on Wednesday. Both these parks offer pretty challenging
trails, so we put them at either end so those who do have walking
issues may choose to skip those two events.
So where are we walking? Take a look!
September 9 - Voyageurs National Park, starting from the
Kab-Ash Visitors Center. A longer lollipop trail will be for the
sure-footed, with two shorter trails available for slower, shorter
distance walkers. The area is so remote, box lunches will be
September 10 - Bear Head Lake State Park will be our first
state park walk. Again two trails will be available with variable
degrees of difficulty. We, again, will offer a bag lunch after
September 11 - Lake Vermilion, the new addition to the park
will be our Saturday walk. Walk out to a beautiful overlook of the
lake or go deeper into the park on an old logging road for more
views. Plans are for a hobo soup supper in the evening.
September 12 - Soudan Underground Mine will be the focus of
Sunday's events, with an cage trip to the 27th level for a walking
tour of the mining drift (tunnel). After that, continue your walk
on surface trails in the park. In the afternoon, we hope to offer
a couple of pontoon tours on Lake Vermilion, all dependent on
weather and the coronavirus. Boat ride will be limited, so
September 13 - Trezona Trail by Ely will give you an easy
day and an easy walk around an old mining lake. Later we’ll drive
out to Kawishiwi Falls and in the evening meet at the Boathouse
Brewpub for supper.
September 14 - Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a water park,
so the trails we’ll use are actually portage trails for canoeists
in the BWCAW. We’ll walk in two different areas of the park, each
a different degree of difficulty. Groups are limited to nine folks
at a time, so you’ll be walking in smaller groups there. We’re
hoping to have lunch at the YMCA Camp du Nord, but if that doesn’t
happen, we’ll have a box lunch.
There will be a digital event booklet coming out later. If you
have signed up already, you will get one by email. If you have not
signed up, send your email address, phone and name to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you on the list.
the activities will depend on the status of the COVID-19
such as the
mine tour and pontoon rides. Our walks should not be an
outside, though we may have to practice distancing on our
We will have to reserve the Lake Vermilion Group Camp by the end
of May, so registrations will be due prior to that ... just so you
can start planning on your attendance! It’s a busy season so you
might want to look for lodging if you aren’t a camper. Hope to see
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