Gilbert

Gilbert has perhaps the widest main street in all of the Midwest, but it’s also known for great recreation, camping and a very special restaurant.

Swim, scuba and more

Like many mine pit lakes in the region, the waters of Lake Ore-Be-Gone are so clear, they’re a scuba divers’ paradise. With mining equipment and a few surprises sunken hundreds of feet below, these “lakes” are filled with rock-filtered groundwater, making them stunningly see-through!

Lake-Ore-Be-Gone also has a swimming beach, dock, fishing pier and pavilion picnic area.

Ride on!

The city of Gilbert has another claim to fame at the edge-of-town Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area (AKA The OHV Park). This is a riders’ paradise for ATVs, Jeeps and OHMs, with scramble areas, mud pits, and trails of all difficulty levels.

Camping in the middle of it all

The Mesabi Trail runs alongside the reclaimed mine lake and the popular Sherwood Forest Campground, headquarters for the annual ScubaPalooza and Ride for a Cure Jeep event. Overlooking lake Ore-Be-Gone, this friendly campsite is a favorite for motorized and nonmotorized trail enthusiasts.

A number of great restaurants and bars line the main drag of Gilbert, including the famous Whistling Bird. In summer, the kids love Kandy N Konez for treats of all flavors. Find these great dining destinations within walking distance of the campground.

Gilbert
Things to Do

Kayakers paddle across a mine pit lake in northern Minnesota.
Canoe & Kayak

Canoeing and kayaking on the Range usually means exploring small lakes with very little boat traffic and enjoying sun, birds, trees and fresh air. If you want real adventure, paddle across a mine lake and imagine the bottom of the pit, hundreds of feet below. These waters are clear and cool. You'll be able to see down a good distance. In fact, scuba divers love mine lakes !

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Hunting

The Range is blessed with 320,000 acres of the Superior National Forest, three state forests, and 500 lakes, rivers and streams that provide hunters and sportsmen with a perfect habitat…

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The Best Minnesota Snowmobiling

There’s no reason not to love the Mesabi snowmobile trails. Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range makes a great hub to explore points east, west and north from sun-up to sundown. Well-groomed and signed, our trails get you away from traffic...

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Award-Winning Golf

The Midwest’s best golf awaits  Here, great golf is combined with great value, making Minnesota’s Iron Range one of the best places to hit the links, experience the rugged north,…

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Explore the Mesabi Trail – Your Guide to Biking The Iron Range

From the Mississippi River in the west to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the east, the paved Mesabi Trail runs like a ribbon across the Iron Range. The…

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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on the Iron Range is arguably the best way to experience the natural scenic beauty that can be found along our many miles of horse trails. What could be better than breathing in the crisp fall air while riding a leafy path...

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ATVs explore wooded trails lined with fall color in northern Minnesota on the Iron Range
ATV / OHV Trails

Hundreds of miles of ATV and OHV off-roading trails network throughout the Iron Range and you’ll find secluded spots, great overlooks, or mudding trails around every turn. And don’t forget…

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Gilbert
Businesses

An aerial view of West40 RV Park in Gilbert, MN
West Forty RV Park
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218-248-7362

245 Minnesota 37
Gilbert, MN 55741

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Trails Edge Lodging
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218-410-0692

200 Dakota Avenue West
Gilbert, MN 55741

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Vaughn’s Restaurant
Gilbert

218-225-3331

312 Westover Road
Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750

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Koshars Sausage Kitchen
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218-741-8827

101 South Broadway
Gilbert, MN 55741

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The Whistling Bird
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(218) 741-5030

101 Broadway
Gilbert, MN 55741

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Fitz’s Wandering Pines Eatery & Pub
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218-749-1657

501 Broadway
Gilbert, MN 55741

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Sherwood Forest Campground overlooking Lake Ore-Be-Gone in Gilbert, MN
Sherwood Forest Campground
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218-748-2221

101 West Wisconsin Avenue East
Gilbert, MN 55741

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