Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park

This park, and the awesome tours within, is a must-see stop while visiting the Range. Just 24 miles from Virginia, the Underground Mine makes a great day trip from the area. Travel 1/2-mile underground in an elevator and board an ore car for a guided tour of the former mine. Tour guides do a fabulous job of educating and entertaining visitors. Dress warmly! It’s chilly down there.


Soudan Underground Mine is located near Highway 169, north of Virginia, just two miles east of Tower. Call the park at 218-300-7000 or visit the website, here.

Hours & Rates

Tours are offered daily starting Memorial Day Weekend and continuing through September, plus weekends in October through the Minnesota Educators Association weekend. Group tours are available year-round. Please call park office 218-753-2245 for 2018 tour dates. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for ages 5-12; and free to children under 5. A state park permit is NOT required when parking in the mine main parking lot.

Interesting Facts

The Soudan Underground Mine was Minnesota’s first iron ore mine, sending its first shipment to the ore docks in Two Harbors in 1884 and continuing operation until 1962. Various buildings still stand at the site, and naturalist/interpretive programs are offered throughout the year.