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Soudan Underground Mine is located within the Soudan Underground State Park and is a great spot for a motorhome camping trip. Located in the Vermillion Range, Soudan Underground Mine is in the town of Soudan in Breitung Township. Not too far away from the state park are the cities of Eveleth, MN, and Hibbing, MN. Camping with an RV gives visitors a chance to explore the mine, along with the park’s other recreational offerings. The park is located on the south shore of Lake Vermillion, and while the highlight of the park remains the Soudan Underground Mining tours, the lake is another big attraction with great fishing and boating. The state park is run by the Department of Natural Resources and is also a National Historic Landmark. Another highlight is the Soudan Underground Laboratory that continues to function as a working lab, running projects and experiments. Camping at Soudan Underground Mine State Park gives you access to this lab during the mining tour. 

Renting a travel trailer is a convenient way of getting around the area, and you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in St. Louis County. 

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Getting Outdoors

First things first, sign up for a mining tour when you go RV camping at Soudan Underground Mine. As Minnesota’s very first iron ore mine, you get to explore, in-depth, the life of a miner as you travel half a mile underground; jump into a rail and explore the very last and deepest area that was mined down. The 1.5 hour-long tour is the highlight of the park. 

There are other tours available too, like the Walking Drift Tour, where you descend into the mine to search for geological clues, educational and group tours, and science tours. 

Anglers have ten miles of shoreline to make the most of when fishing in Lake Vermillion. Cast a line into the lake for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, crappie, and lake trout. If you’d rather fish from a pier, there’s a fishing pier located at the Armstrong Bay day-use area. 

Put on your hiking boots and explore the trails in the park. The visitor center offers maps with information on trails through the park. A popular trail is the Hiking Club Trail that’s five miles long. Beginning at the visitor center, the trail goes past the Soudan Iron Formation, by several wooded areas, and along the edge of discarded open mine pits. 

Camping at Soudan Underground Mine

Soudan Underground Mine camping areas are equipped with 33 campsites offering amenities like big rig access, tent camping, 20 and 30 amp electric service, central water spigot, dump station, group camping, and limited cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms and shower stalls. Pets are welcome at this pet-friendly campground. 

The Vermillion Trail Campground in Biwabik has 48 sites equipped with features like pull-thru sites, tent camping, electric and water hookups, water, central water spigot, dump station, and limited cell phone coverage. There are restrooms and shower stalls, a playground for kids to run around in, and recreational trails to explore. Enjoy the outdoor courts, go fishing and boating, and bring your furry friends along too. 

When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Soudan Underground Mine, drive to Fishermen’s Point Campground in Hoyt Lakes. It has 60 campsites and includes pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, dump station, WiFi, and limited cell phone coverage. Campers have access to flush toilets and shower houses, picnic tables, and fire rings. There’s a playground for kids to run about in, hiking and biking trails, and a fishing pier.

Exploring the Area

St. Louis County campers have plenty to explore in the areas around Soudan Underground Mine. About 88 miles from the park is the city of Duluth, which is also the county seat of St. Louis County. Located along the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth is ideal as a quick weekend escape.

Enjoy scenic views of Lake Superior at Canal Park in the heart of the city. With quite a lot of stuff concentrated in this area, expect to see art galleries, antique shops, cafes, and restaurants. Stretch your legs as you jog along a pathway by the lake.

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center offers an insight into the history of shipping in the area, and exhibits include a steam engine, a pilothouse, ship models, and more.

Take a tour of the SS William A. Irvin, harbored on the waterfront of Lake Superior. The tour takes you through the ship’s luxury cabins, dining room, lounge, the deck, and the steam turbine engine of the ship.

Astronomy lovers are in for a treat at the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, located within the University of Minnesota Duluth. Hour-long shows are run at the planetarium, where you get to enjoy splendid views of the night sky.

Check out the Lake Superior Railroad Museum during your RV rental vacation. The museum houses passenger cars, steam locomotives, electric locomotives, and it also operates the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

Enjoy a range of local delicacies in Duluth’s many eateries, if you fancy local or international cuisine. Duluth has several multi-cuisine restaurants, family-owned eateries, take-outs, bars, pubs, and bakeries to choose from.

Fill up your rental RV at a local gas station and top up your supplies at a convenience store before you drive off to your next destination.

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