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Bike Trail Information

The Mesabi Trail is the result of the vision and dedication of regional residents, led by the St Louis & Lake County Regional Railroad Authority. As a division of the state of Minnesota, the Regional Railroad Authority undertook the proposition of converting abandoned railroads into trails, a process that began in 1986. Following the mission of the Railroad Authority to preserve former railroads for future transportation use, a successful rails-to-trails program was implemented. The ongoing efforts to plot a visually exciting and technically “rideable” route while securing the use of abandoned railways and other property have included the valuable assistance of individuals, corporate sponsors, volunteers and trail enthusiasts alike. Together, they worked to bring the Mesabi Trail dream to reality. Today’s Mesabi Trail offers visitors unique diversity in scenery and trail terrain, and provides excellent opportunities to learn about the region’s history and culture. There’s no other bike trail like it in the country, and we hope visitors will appreciate the meticulous maintenance and improvement efforts that keep the Mesabi Trail in excellent riding shape.

The Mesabi Trail travels through Eagles Nest Township, between Ely and Tower/Soudan,with a stop at the Town Hall, to be used as a jumping off spot with parking spots, or a resting location with access to fresh water from an outside spigot and a porta-potty for comfort. Included in the Eagles Nest Township parking lot is free high-speed internet access. No other facilities are available to bike travelers.

Eagles Nest Lakes Association

Our Mission

The purposes are to engage in the promotion, protection, and conservation of the lakes within the Eagles Nest Township; to participate actively in the encouragement of good conservation practices, the protection of property and all matters of common concern.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Be informed, be vigilant and be proactive.  We are the protectors of our lakes. Visit these links for AIS information:

About Black Bears and Wildlife

Eagles Nest is aptly named in that we almost always have an eagle family in residence. Those of us who live and play in Eagles Nest Township are blessed to be in the wild and to have many opportunities to observe and interact with wildlife such as deer, bears, wolves, foxes, otters, pine marten, fishers, mink, weasels and squirrels. In our wild location, some of our interactions may occur near our homes and roads.

This section provides two sources of information regarding our interactions with wildlife. They provide information on how we can live and co-exist with wildlife, advice and precautions on human behavior such as feeding bear, deer and birds, and the potential interactions with our wild neighbors.

Information on how we can live with wildlife. 

This document is the result of a task force in 2007 when interactions with bears had become problematic for some residents of the Township.  

Information on Deer Feeding 

Please don't feed the deer and here's why... 

Advice, precautions and information about our interactions with wildlife.

The Bear Team,  a more recent group, has significant experience with bears and their behaviors.  They are available to everyone in the area to provide information on bears and how to deal with interactions and problems that may arise.