Trails

Snowmobiling
The Mille Lacs Lake area offers hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails to ride. Whether you prefer solitary exploration, secluded forests, the frozen lake, or group rides with stops for socializing and refreshment, the Mille Lacs area offers something for everyone.  Snowmobile Trails Open December 1st – April 1st

ATVing
Red Top ATV Trail
– is laid out in a series of challenging loops that have been developed a reputation for abundant technical backwoods riding and plenty of rocky terrain. Enthusiasts can loop around in this system all day and feel like they’re miles away from civilization, yet it’s a quick ride east to McGrath or west to Isle on the Soo Line South Trail to re-enter populated area.
Distance:  25 Miles
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Parking/Trailhead Locations: From Isle the trailhead is 4.6 miles to the east off the Soo Line South Trail.
Season: May 15 to November 1
Vehicles Allowed: Class I.  Class II allowed on some portions.

Please note that OHMs are legal to run on the trails in Aitkin County but not on Mille Lacs County trails.

Soo Line South Trail – passes through five Minnesota counties and travels through farmlands, wetlands and woodlands as it follows the former railroad grade.  Skirting the southern edge of Mille Lacs Lake, it makes its way eastward from close to Genola nearly to Superior, Wisconsin. Riders can also access the Red Top Trail between Isle and McGrath as well as the Soo Pits Trail near Moose Lake.  The Soo Line South ATV Trail also connects with the 148 mile Soo Line North ATV Trail, southwest of Moose Lake.
Distance:  114 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Parking/Trailhead Location(s): Aitkin, Carlton and Pine Counties: Parking is available in the City of McGrath.  Mille Lacs and Morrison County: Parking is on the east side of Highway 25 in Genola. Carlton County: Parking is available at the Soo Line Depot in Moose Lake. Parking is available in McGrath, Isle, Genola and Moose Lake.
Season: Mille Lacs, Aitkin and Pine Counties – open April 1 to November 30; Carlton County – open year round; Morrison County – April 1 to October 31; Moose Lake to Superior, WI – open year round.
Vehicles Allowed:  Class I and II.

Please note that OHMs are legal to run on the trails in Aitkin County but not on Mille Lacs County trails.

SAFETY TRAININGwatch our calendar of events for local safety training classes
Snowmobile Safety Training
Anyone born after December 31, 1976 is required by law to hold snowmobile certification to ride in Minnesota.  Visit the DNR website for more snowmobile safety training information.
ATV Safety Training
Anyone who operates an ATV and is born after July 1, 1987 must complete the ATV CD Training Course before operating an ATV. To get your CD contact the DNR Information Center 1-888-646-6367 or at 651-296-6157 or visit the DNR website for more ATV safety training information

 

RTTC – Red Top Trail Coalition was formed the summer on 2007 with the intent to include other clubs other than GIA (Grant-In-Aid) holders to perform maintenance and improvements on the Red Top Loop. Maintenance is performed in cooperation with Aitkin County Land Department and DNR Trails and Waterways. The following clubs have worked the trails to provide a safe and enjoyable riding opportunity!

  • Mille Lacs Drift Skippers Snowmobile ATV Club
  • Kiwi Snowmobile ATV Club
  • North Metro Trail Riders
  • Open Trails
  • White Pine Riders

RTTC meets on the 4th Tuesday on the month at 6:30 pm at Freddies Restaurant in Mora, MN. Discussions include maintenance priorities, project assignments and work dates.

MIKE HALPIN MEMORIAL TRAIL – Trail 7 has been dedicated to the memory of Mike.  He very much enjoyed grooming this trail. Mike devoted a great deal of his time and energy to snowmobile and ATV trails in Mille Lacs and Aitkin Counties.