IRON RANGE TOURISM | Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Slip on a hard hat and travel a half mile underground for one of our exciting tours in Minnesota’s first iron ore mine. Experience the life of a miner from the last century or learn about the research being conducted in the mine or see how the rocks showed the miners where to find the iron ore. Open year round for group and educational tours.

Minnesota’s first iron ore mine—the Soudan Mine—opened in 1882. Operations went underground by 1892 since the ore body continued deep into the ground.
The mine’s value was in the special kind of ore it produced. The ore’s high oxygen content was used to make high-quality steel in open-hearth furnaces.
When technology changed, the ore from the mine was no longer needed. Low-cost ores of the Mesabi Range took over, and Soudan Mine closed in 1962.

Today, you can explore the last level that the miners worked.
Hours – we can do tours from 8 am – 4 pm with advanced reservations only. We are closed on state holidays.
Tours – we offer three tours – mine tour (1.5 hours), science tour (1.5 hours), walking drift/geology tour (2 hours)
Contact – James Pointer, 218-300-7005, [email protected]
Web page for more information – mndnr.gov/soudan

We are limited by how many people can go on each tour at one time. Depending on the group size, we may need two or more tours per group. Please call or email to schedule a reservation.

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