In it’s heyday in the late 1950’s Tioga No. 2 Mine shipped more than 3 million tons of iron ore. Tioga’s mining days are long over, but the steep slopes and rocky outcroppings laid the groundwork for world-class mountain biking. Over 30 miles of professionally built single-track trails twist through the rock studded landscape, from family friendly loops like Gurley Flynn to heart-pumping double blacks like Bloodstone. There are jump lines, skills tracks, tech trails, downhill flow trails, and miles and miles of XC trails expertly maintained and ready to explore.
With two beaches and multiple access points for watercraft, Tioga is your gateway to paddling the North. Glide across the turquoise blue waters of Tioga Mine Pit or pack your seal bag and put in on Lake Pokegema for the day. 6,600 acres of lake not enough for you? Tioga has you covered. Paddle from Pokegema Lake into to the Mississippi River and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Fishing in the Itasca region is nothing short of exceptional. Tioga Rec Area has multiple access points for fishing from shore and launching your boat on both Tioga Mine Pit and Pokegama Lake.
Experience the beauty and exhilaration that winter brings in Minnesota. The Cohasset region averages over 45 inches of snowfall per year and a solid base of snow is maintained on Tioga’s trails for snowshoeing and fat-tire biking throughout the season. Wander through stands of Red Pine, take in views across the Iron Range, and warm your hands over a fire overlooking the lake.
The old haul roads from Tioga’s mining days are great routes for hiking, with scenic views and rolling terrain.
Although hiking on mountain bike trails is not prohibited, be aware that bikes are moving at high speeds and it can be very dangerous for both the hiker and the rider.
Soaking up the sun at a sandy beach is a hallmark of Minnesota summers. Tioga has beachfronts on two lakes- Tioga Mine Pit and Pokegama Lake. The bright blue waters of Tioga Mine Pit are great for a dip after a day on the trails. Tioga Beach on Pokegama Lake has a shallow, gradual entry and plenty of space for your picnic blanket making it idea for families and younger children.