We Love Our Lakes

When it comes to lakes, Minnesota is known for its quantity and the Mesabi Iron Range is known for its quality.

The Iron Range is home to some little gems: lakes that are small, friendly, accessible, and offer great amenities like campgrounds, beachestrails and some amazing fishing.

No matter where you are staying on the Iron Range there will be a lake nearby with calm waters, gorgeous shoreline and plentiful fish.

Rent pontoons and jet skis at Rapid Rentals in Virginia or Hibbing: 218-741-8608

Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards may be rented at the Vermillion Campground in Biwabik. Call 218-865-6705 or 218-750-1966 for information/rentals.


The twin lakes of Virginia, Bailey and Silver lakes, are surrounded by walking trails and multiple businesses, including LakeShor Motor Inn.

Mountain Iron is home to West Two Rivers Reservoir with boat launch, swimming beach and campgrounds. Mountain Iron’s traditional downtown is just blocks from the Mountain Iron mine pit overlook.


Gilbert borders Lake Ore-Be-Gone, a reclaimed mine pit well known by scuba divers.

At Giants Ridge,Wynne and Sabin Lakes, along with nearbyEmbarrass Lake in Biwabik, are great for canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board and boating.

In Hibbing, Carey Lake offers picnic areas, a swimming beach, pier fishing and a boat launch, plus 25km of year-round trails.


There’s fish to be caught, too, in all these lakes, especially Whitewater Lake in Hoyt Lakes (also home to Colby Lake), and Lake St. James in Aurora, a reclaimed mine pit with great trout fishing. Find these and other great lakes on the Magic Mesabi using the DNR Lakefinder.

In Chisholm, Longyear Lake at the end of the town’s main street, is surrounded by walking trails.