ATVing in the Lake Mille Lacs area
Are you ready to explore Minnesota in a whole new way? The Mille Lacs Lake area has some of the best riding trails for you and your ATVs. From smooth rides on the Soo Line Trail to some of the most challenging and “muddy” trails you’ll ever find.
Just having a fun day with your family? Your four wheelers are welcome! Are you an expert itching to have an extreme experience? We have just what you’re craving. Beginner to pro, you’ll have a blast when you explore Minnesota from your ATVs.
Playing outside makes you hungry. Pizza, steak, burgers, fries. You choose your dining preference. You’ll leave here wishing you had a bigger stomach.
Why pack up and leave when you stay over and take the four wheelers out for a morning run on the trails? From resorts and hotels to campgrounds, you choose your lodging experience. That morning air will make you glad you did.
With more than 300 miles of premier ATV trails between two counties, all connected and ranging in difficulty, you and your ATVs will have the time of your lives. See the woods in a way you never have been able to before, capture magazine-worthy photos and make lasting memories that you’ll want to relive over and over.
See maps of the Mille Lacs area ATV trails. (Currently ATV rentals are not available in the immediate area.)
As the largest connected ATV trail system in the state of Minnesota, each trail has either a Class 1 or Class 2 status. To find the rules and regulations of each trail, head over to the DNR page.
If you are not a resident of Minnesota and you’re operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-highway motorcycle (OHM) or off-road vehicle (ORV) on state or grant-in-aid trails, you’ll need a non-resident trail pass.
The Mille Lacs and Aitkin County Trail Towns welcome you to the Soo Line Trail and Northwoods ATV Trail System. From trailheads and parking lots located in the Trail Town communities to food, fuel and other amenities, ATVing is the perfect way to explore Minnesota.
Mille Lacs County – Soo Line Trail:
- Isle is located along the Soo Line Trail on the SE corner of Lake Mille Lacs. Food, fuel and lodging are available. Trailhead parking is located 1 block south of Main Street on 5th Avenue; look for picnic table and canopy.
- Onamia is located on the Soo Line Trail on the SW corner of Lake Mille Lacs. Food and fuel are available. There is trailhead parking at the Library/Depot on Roosevelt Road.
- Wahkon is on the Soo Line Trail on the South end of Mille Lacs. Food, fuel and lodging are available.
Aitkin County – Northwoods ATV Trail System:
- Hill City: Hwy’s 169 and 200 on the Rabey Line and Hill City Connector Trails. Sprawled along beautiful Hill Lake. The Municipal campground has all facilities, Quadna Mountain Resort is located in Hill City and offers amenities and a 9 Hole Golf Course. Trailhead parking.
- Jacobson: Hwy’s 65 and 200 on the Rabey Line. Also located on the Mississippi River, you can access the Jacobson Campground, which has two camper cabins as well regular camping. Food and fuel are easily accessible. Trailhead parking.
- Lawler: Aitkin County Roads 16 and 13, located on the Soo Line Trail and near the North and South Lawler Loops. Jackson’s Hole in the old town site of Lawler has food and fuel available. Trailhead parking.
- McGrath: Hwy 65 South, located on the Soo Line Trail. McGrath is an old logging town founded by James E. McGrath, and is home to the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show. Trailhead parking.
- McGregor: Hwy 65 and Hwy 210, located on the Soo Line Trail. An old Railroad Town and home to Big Sandy Lake. Food, fuel and lodging are available and accessible from the trail. Trailhead parking.
- Palisade: Aitkin County Roads 3 and 5, on the Soo Line. Palisade is located on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and the old railroad bridge over the Mississippi is now part of the trail. The trail runs along Berglund Park with camping and shower facilities. Trailhead parking.
See OHV State Trails A-Z List for mileage and use on various trails.