Northwestern Ontario Snowmobiling: Red Lake

Sometimes when the snow is scarce you need to travel to get the good stuff. Red Lake in OFSC District 17 is located at the northern end of Highway 105. The Municipality of Red Lake is the most northwesterly municipality in Ontario.

With a population approaching 5,000, our full service northern community is made up of six distinct townsites, Red Lake, Balmertown, Cochenour, Madsen, McKenzie Island and Starratt Olsen. Red Lake is home to one of the riches gold mines in North America.

Situated in the beautiful wilderness of Northwestern Ontario, residents and visitors alike enjoy our area's natural beauty, pristine lakes, rivers, forests, clear blue skies and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and great walleye fishing!

There are miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the Red Lake Touring Region – A Winter Wonderland! The Red Lake District Trailmasters Club keeps the snowmobile trails in good condition and run the snow poker derby each year. There are many miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Red Lake can be accessed off the A trail between Dryden & Sioux Lookout on the L301. This new reroute takes riders off the lakes and through the boreal forest.

With lots of snow and very little snowmobile traffic the trails are fantastic. Snow usually starts falling around late October / early November, and starts melting around March but doesn't fully melt until late April (and snow in May and even June is not uncommon). This long winter is ideal for the local snowmachiners and for ice fishing though during this period, the wind is often very cold and temperatures may drop to below -35 degrees Celsius.

Snowmobiling Tourism Contacts:


OFSC District 17

Sunset Country


Contributing partners for this Ontario snowmobiling site about great Ontario snowmobile trails and snowmobile conditions include: Intrepid Snowmobiler, Murphy Insurance, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Ontario Tourism, Snow Goer Media, Supertrax Media.

About Mike Jacobs

Mike is an avid Northern traveller, having spent years traversing its backroads, and visiting its remote lodges and fun cities by car, RV, motorcycle, and boat. There's always something new to discover in the North and Mike never shies away from the next great adventure. Mike is the chairman of the board for the Tourism Technology Company.

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