Winter Activities


One of the many popular things to do on the North Shore during its colder months is snowmobiling! Whether you’re looking for some mid-west pow, want to rip the lakes, or want to explore the vast array of developed trails.

The many trails that wind through the North Shore crisscross both private and public land and are maintained buy the MN DNR Grant-In-Aid. There are almost 450 miles in Cook County alone! As long as you have a Minnesota registered vehicle and obey the law they are yours to explore.

The longest trail, CJ Ramstad/North Shore State Trail, spans all the way from Duluth to Grand Marais in a 146 mile shot. The trail winds its way through the scenic backwoods of the North Shore. You can enter this trail at various entry points, including Duluth, Two Harbors, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Schroeder, Tofte, and much more!

There are also many more trails that span across the North Shore, including the Duluth Cross Town East and West, Pequaywan, Two Harbors Corridor, and the Moose Walk. Find trail maps and snowmobiling resources for your next snowmobile trip below.

Links to Trail Maps
Minnesota DNR Maps and Resources
CJ Ramstad/North Shore Trail Map
Lower North Shore Trails
Upper North Shore Trails
Cook County Area Map
Interactive Snowmobile Trails Map
Snowmobile Trails GPS Data

Other Links of Interest
Snow depth map
Trail Conditions
Trail Conditions
Cook County Snowmobile club web page
Trail Marker brochure

Snowmobile Rentals
Beaver Bay Sports | 4878 US Hwy 61, Beaver Bay | [email protected] | (218) 226-4666
Steve’s Sports in Grand Marais | 531 E Hwy 61, Grand Marais | (800) 487-1835
Hungry Jack Lodge | 372 Hungry Jack Road, Grand Marais | (218) 338-2265
Windingo Lodge (early reservation required) | 7890 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais | (218) 388-2222
Gunflint Lodge | 143 S Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais | [email protected] | (800) 328-3325

Snowshoeing the North Shore

man showshoeing at sunset

Snowshoeing is a very popular past-time for locals and visitors alike during the winter months on the North Shore. Strap a pair to your feet and take off into the great outdoors to explore the winter beauty.

The snowshoe has had many improvements and iterations over the years. The first were made of hardwood frames with rawhides laces but know have shifted to the more modern plastic and metal shoes. However, many still believe that the wooden ones make for the best hiking experience.

Wherever there is snow you can hike meaning there is endless options for hiking during the winter. The snowshoe is the perfect piece of gear to take you off the beaten track. However, there are a few established spots you might want to check out first. They include:

man snowshoeing with a dog

If you’re looking to rent snowshoes, many parks and local businesses (see below) rent them for reasonable prices and provide excellent service for visitors. Businesses include:

  • Sawtooth Outfitters | 7213 Highway 61, Tofte | (218) 663-7643
  • Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply | 22 East 1st Street, Grand Marais | (218) 387-3136

Some of the most beautiful views exist during the winter months. Don’t let the snow stop you from getting outside and experiencing all that the North Shore has to offer.

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