Minn. State Park May Be Home to $6M ATV Park (1/29/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

A campground for all-terrain vehicles users in a separate portion of Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park is crawling ahead at the Minnesota Legislature, accoridng to the Hibbing Daily Tribune

The $6 million park would be located across Highway 169, south of the most recently developed portion of the park, said Sen. Tom Bakk. 

“We intend to build it,” said Bakk. “It’s going to be a big deal.”

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park is the state's newest state park. The park is composed of the historic Soudan Underground Mine and the new 3,000 acre portion, which opened in 2017.

The new portion of the park was developed after the state bought the land in 2010 from United States Steel for $19 million.

Bakk was instrumental in developing and securing funding for the 3,000 acre expansion.

The land on the south side of the highway, which would become the ATV campground, is part of the new portion of the park.

However, under state law, ATV's are not permitted within state parks, except in Tettegouche State Park at Silver Bay, which has 6.5 miles of ATV trails.

That's why the language similar to Tettegouche — which would retain the campground site as a state park — yet allow ATV use within it, is required, said Bakk.

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