Trail work continues until snowmobile season gets rolling

Reports from area trail administrators show work will continue on developing ATV trails until the snow is deep enough to groom for snowmobiling.
“Contractors are working on the Taconite State Trail from the Raven Lane crossing (2.5 miles west of Ely) going west on the trail for approximately four miles. Work will continue and this portion of trail will be closed until enough snow is received to pack and groom the trail,” said Brad Dekkers, Assistant DNR Area Supervisor.
The Taconite Spur from Babbitt is also under construction by Mesabi Bituminous as part of the Prospector Loop ATV trail system.
“We’re going to get as much done as we can as long as the weather holds,” said Prospector Alliance President Nick Wognum.
Dekkers reports the Taconite, Arrowhead, and Putnam/Fishing Lakes Snowmobile trails are open (except the Taconite State Trail - Raven Lan portion where Low Impact Excavators is working temporarily), but snowmobile travel is not recommended. Very little snow is on the trails or in the woods, ice in swamps is inconsistent, and open water remains in many swamps/wetlands throughout the trails.
The DNR trail crew is making a final pass clearing deadfall from trails and packing swamps as well.