Soudan Underground Mine State Park
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This park is home to Minnesota's oldest iron ore mine, where visitors can learn about how mining shaped the history and culture of the Iron Range. Explore the dry house, drill shop, crusher house and engine house, and take the boardwalk past one of the deepest open mine pits. Take an underground mine tour and travel a half mile beneath the earth to the deepest area that was mined. And don't miss the hiking trails that take you through a northern hardwood conifer forest, past the famous Soudan Iron Formation!
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Science Saturday -- Amazing Insects
Join us on May 25th from 8 am to 10 am as we explore the small wonders of our eco-system. The program will consist of songs, and games, as well as, a visit from UMD professor and insect extraordinaire Rachel McKarrall. Rachel will teach us about ants and beetles and we will set up pit fall traps so we can learn about our insect diversity.,
The program meets at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park visitor center. Part of the session will be outside, so dress for the weather. The program is open to all ages and is free of charge.
Tour Times and Dates
The 2013 public tour season starts on May 25th. The mine will be open daily from May 25, 2013, to September 30, 2013, and the first three weekends in October. Reservations can be made for tours at Soudan Underground Mine online or by calling 866-857-2757.
Historic Underground Mine Tour: Experience the life of a miner! Tours run daily on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour times after Labor Day do vary, so call the park for more details. Tour is approximately 90 minutes and is ADA accessible.
High Energy Physics Lab Tour: Follow the path of physicists from around the world. Tours run daily, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. After Labor Day the tours run at 12:00 pm only.
Tour Rates: Adults (ages 13+) are $12, youth (ages 5-12) are $7, and there is no charge for children under 5.
We are open to group tours throughout the entire year. If you are interested in a group tour, please call the park office at 218-753-2245.
Find out more about Minnesota's first iron ore mine and additional tour opportunities.
Self-Guided Audio Surface Tour:
Hear about the inner workings of the Soudan facilities and how what happened on top of the surface influenced everything that happened below. Be sure to grab a copy of the tour brochure before you head out. Download the audio files and brochure.
Check out these podcasts on topics like ADA accessibility at the park and bats in the mine.
Thank you for your support!
We're excited to announce Soudan Underground Mine State Park has won $50,000 by taking second place in the America Is Your Park campaign sponsored by Coca-Cola. Learn more.
No Minnesota State Park Vehicle Permit required!
The Minnesota State Legislature has eliminated the requirement for vehicle permits at Soudan Underground Mine State Park for all vehicles parking in the main parking lot. Annual permits will still be available for purchase in the gift shop. If you have questions, please call the park office at 218-753-2245.
White Nose Bat Syndrome:
White nose syndrome is a fungus that is killing off bat populations. There is no known human threat from this fungus. It was first found in New York, but has since spread to over 17 states and three Canadian provinces. It has not yet been found in Minnesota.
As a special precaution to protect our bat population, we ask that visitors please disinfect any clothing or equipment that may have come in contact with contaminated mines or caves prior to their visit to our park.
The Avian Geocache program is in full flight. Make sure you check out both Soudan Underground Mine and Lake Vermilion State Park's geocaches. Coordinates can be found on the state park geocache web page.
Interested in seeing more of Lake Vermilion State Park? There's a secret geocache for the adventurous park visitors! You'll find the starting point at N47 49.243 W 092 14.192.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
State Forest Campground:
Soudan Underground Mine State Park manages one DNR state forest campground - Hinsdale Island - located in Kabetogama State Forest. Camping is first-come, first-served. Hinsdale Island is a remote and rustic campsite area accessible by water only. For more information, contact the park office at 218-753-2245. View campsite topo map or campsite map with driving directions .
Firewood Restrictions Information:
Bird Checklist Soudan Underground Mine State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
October - April: Weekdays, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
May - September: Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1302 McKinley Park Road
Soudan, MN 55782
PO Box 335
1379 Stuntz Bay Road
Soudan, MN 55782
Take U.S. Highway 169 towards Ely and follow the signs. Soudan is located 2 miles east of Tower, MN.