Soudan Underground Mine State Park

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Soudan Underground Mine State Park


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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Visitor Alert!

Fall mine tours

The underground mine and physics lab tours will continue to be offered daily in September and on the first three weekends in October.

State Park Deer Hunts

There will be deer hunts in Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

The park is open for archery hunting November 29 through December 14.

November 29 through December 14 for muzzleloader season.

The park will remain open to the public during the hunt.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 19, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Tour Times and Dates:

Download the mine tours brochure. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Historic Underground Mine Tour: Experience the life of a miner! Tours will run daily (between 10 am and 4 pm) from May 24th, 2014, through the end of September and October 4,5, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. After Labor Day the weekday tours will run at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and the weekend tours will run hourly from 10am to 4 pm. The tour is approximately 90 minutes and is ADA accessible.

High Energy Physics Lab Tour: Follow the path of physicists from around the world. Tours will run daily from May 24th, 2014, through the end of September and October 4,5, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. After Labor Day the physics tour will run at noon only. The tour lasts approximately 1 1/4 hours.

Tour Rates (cost per tour): Adults (ages 13+) are $12, youth (ages 5-12) are $7, and there is no charge for children under 5 (you must still ask for a ticket).

We are open to group tours throughout the entire year. If you are interested in a group tour (scouts, youth groups, college groups, organized groups, etc.), 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.

Virtual Tour:

Travel underground, into the past, and then back to the future!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour | Video | Captioned video | HD

Podcasts:

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:

A fungus dangerous to bats has been confirmed at Soudan Underground Mine State Park. The fungus is known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and mostly fatal to hibernating bats, and has decimated bat populations in the eastern portions of the United States and Canada. The syndrome is transmitted primarily from bat to bat and is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock or other wildlife.

Public tours of the mine and physics lab will continue. To help keep the fungus from spreading, visitors will be required to walk across special mats designed to remove spores from footwear. Visitors also are advised not to visit other caves or mines with any clothing, footwear or gear they have used in areas where WNS or the associated fungus is present, because washing alone cannot sufficiently disinfect clothing.

Learn more about white-nose syndrome and what you can do to help slow its spread.

Geocaching:

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.

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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. or campsite map with driving directions This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it..

Gift Cards:

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Hiking Trails

tree Historic Site

tree Mine Tour

tree Geologic Formations

tree Wildlife Observation

tree Good Birding


Hours

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.

Contact

1302 McKinley Park Road
Soudan, MN 55782

Mailing address:
PO Box 335
1379 Stuntz Bay Road
Soudan, MN 55782

tel: 218-753-2245

email: SoudanMine.StatePark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Take U.S. Highway 169 towards Ely and follow the signs. Soudan is located 2 miles east of Tower, MN.