Ninemile Lake Trail

Ninemile Lake Trail trailhead is found right across the road from Ninemile Lake Campground.  The first 0.5 miles of trail are maintained, and the trail continues as an unmaintained 4.5 mile loop.  The unmaintained trail sees little use, so advanced wayfinding and navigation skills are necessary.  Expect long segments to be brush covered and difficult or impossible to locate as well as deadfalls across the trail.  A topo map and compass are required. 

At a Glance

Reservations: None required.
Fees: None.
Permit Info: None required.
Closest Towns: Schroeder and Finland MN
Water: Solar faucet at Ninemile Campground
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style) at Ninemile Campground
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District, 218-663-8060

General Information


Ninemile Lake Trail is off County Road 7, northwest of Schroeder.

· From MN 61, at Schroeder, turn on Co.1 (Cramer Rd.)

· Follow Co.1 (it will turn to Co.8) about 10 miles to Co.7.

· Turn right on Co.7, and go 4 miles.

· The trailhead is on the left, across from the campground entrance.


Via Finland:

· From MN 61, turn on MN1 toward Ely

· At Finland, turn right on Co. 7.

· Go 15 miles on Co. 7.

· The trailhead is on the right, across from the campground entrance.


Park in the boat launch parking lot at the campground across from the trailhead.

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0.5 mi maintained, 4.5 mi unmaintained

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