C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail

North Shore Trail Location
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The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail is a 146 mile natural surface trail from Duluth to Grand Marais. Primarily used by snowmobiles, it traverses St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota. The trail winds its way through the forests behind the outer bluffs that overlook Lake Superior, and provides access to some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in Minnesota. The trail also connects the Grants-In-Aid (GIA) trails at Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Finland, Tofte and Lutsen, as well as numerous local trails, created and maintained by local snowmobile clubs.

The portion of the trail suggested for summer use is from the town of Finland to Grand Marais (70 miles). The remainder of the trail may have standing water on it during the summer months.

For most of its length, the North Shore Trail provides a backcountry experience and, in some areas, wilderness conditions. The great majority of the trail is in a remote, natural and undeveloped setting, although some logging and farms are included. Trail visitors may encounter moose, deer, bear, fox, hawks, waterfowl and possibly timber wolves.


  • Lester River Park parking lot - Lester River Road off Highway 61
  • Martin Road Parking lot - at the northern edge of Duluth's city limits.

Do not leave valuables in your car.


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Nearby DNR recreational areas

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Tettegouche State Park, George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park, Finland State Forest, Cloquet Valley State Forest, Pat Bayle State Forest.

Other nearby recreational opportunities
Superior National Forest, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.