Skip to main content

Snowmobile champion rescued after stunt mishap landed him in Lake Superior

Minnesota native Levi LaVallee was doing a trick off a bridge in Duluth Harbor when he landed in the lake and had to be rescued.

Professional snowmobile stunt rider and Minnesota native Levi LaVallee was quickly rescued after he ended up in Lake Superior while filming a video in Duluth on Monday.

The water emergency happened at 4:35 p.m. off Rice's Point in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. 

Duluth Fire Department spokesperson Kate Van Daele told Bring Me The News the fire department was on the scene "as a precautionary measure" and rescued LaVallee in under a minute using Marine 3, the department's rapid response vessel.

“We can confirm that Levi LaValle was swiftly and safely retrieved from the water today during a filming project. The film team will communicate if there are any changes to the project moving forward," Van Daele said.

According to FOX 21, LaVallee was jumping off an old railroad bridge and onto a barge when he ended up in the lake. He wasn't injured and his snowmobile was later recovered. 

LaVallee, who grew up in Longville, Minnesota, and began his snowcross career at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, is a 13-time X Games medalist, Snocross Champion and World Record holder who is known for his urban snowmobiling video that he shot with Red Bull in St. Paul in 2016. 

LaVallee returned to his roots this past weekend to film a video with Red Bull, which is expected to be released on YouTube later this month, FOX 21 says. He was spotted Sunday filming a stunt on Lake Avenue in downtown Duluth. It's unclear if his filming schedule was impacted by his dip in Lake Superior. 

And it looks as if he's been urban snowmobiling not just in Duluth, according to his Instagram account. There are several photos tagged Minnesota, including of him snowmobiling in some unconventional places, like by the light rail in the Twin Cities.

LaVallee also celebrated the launch of Minnesota-based Polaris' 2022 snowmobile lineup, which was released March 2 (Polaris is one of Team LaVallee's sponsors). 

Next Up

Williams Uptown Pub

Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar closes indefinitely after shooting

Reports say police have arrested two suspects in the incident.

Alex Rodríguez

A-Rod wears a Packers hat, Minnesotans lose their minds

The Timberwolves co-owner didn't endear himself to his fan base on Saturday night.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

Police: Man shoots into crowd at funeral reception in Minneapolis

The shooting happened at a reception following a funeral on Saturday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-01-23 at 8.37.27 AM

Watch: Jimmy Garoppolo says 'F*** the Packers' after playoff win

The 49ers quarterback congratulated Robbie Gould in spectacular fashion.

Aaron Rodgers

America dunks on Aaron Rodgers after loss to 49ers

The Packers quarterback was destroyed on social media on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno

Foligno's OT winner gives Wild fans a happy Hockey Day

A slow start gave way to the Wild's fifth win in the past six games.


Winter weather advisory issued as Saturday snow arrives

Not huge totals expected, but any snow will likely impact travel.


Report: Ryan Poles is Vikings' 'top choice' for general manager

Poles was one of two finalists revealed on Friday.

Payton Willis

Willis carries shorthanded Gophers to beat Rutgers

The senior scored a career-high 32 points to end a four-game losing streak.


Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl

Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.


duluth fire department rescue

Firefighters rescue teenager who got swept 350 feet out into Lake Superior

Four teens were swimming together off Park Point in Duluth when they began struggling.

ice rescue 4

26 anglers rescued after Lake Superior ice sheet floats away in Duluth

After multiple trips, all the anglers were safely rescued from the ice and brought to shore.

flickr - thin ice warning - USFWS Midwest

Snowmobiler goes through the ice on lake near Duluth

Ice thickness varies greatly throughout Minnesota right now.

Pixabay - water surface

Swimmer pulled 200 yards from shore by rip current in Lake Superior

The woman was swimming in Duluth Saturday afternoon when a rip current pulled her away from shore.

snowmobile hit and run

Snowmobilers hit ice fishing tent on Lake Minnetonka, flee the scene

One person was inside the tent at the time of the crash.

duluth ship fire

Duluth fire crews battle blaze on 118-year-old lake freighter

The J.B. Ford, which is the oldest intact lake freighter still floating, has been housed at a scrapyard since 2015.

snowmobile, snowmobiling

18-year-old man killed in snowmobile crash on Gull Lake

He crashed into the rocky, wooded shoreline of an island.

lavallee 3

Video: Snowmobile daredevil vaults over train, barges in Duluth

During one day of filming, Levi LaVallee had a stunt mishap and ended up in Lake Superior.