History abounds in the area. Learn about the trail’s importance to prehistoric peoples and Native Americans, the Revolutionary War, the Voyageurs, miners and loggers. The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, located on the shore of Saganaga Lake, explains the history while offering family-focused naturalist programs on its 50-acre site.
Today fishermen find lake trout, northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass in the many lakes. Hundreds of miles of trails invite hikers, cross-country skiers, ATVers and snowmobilers into the woods to look for moose, deer, bears, loons, owls and eagles. Although there are no towns along the trail, there are many resorts, large and small, that offer a variety of lodging experiences and activities. A trip up the Gunflint Trail is the experience of a lifetime.
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Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters
218-388-2232 | Visit Website | Email
Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters is a classic resort nestled into the heavy forest on the south shore of Gunflint Lake. Lakeside fireplace cabins, ranging in size from one to five bedroom are scattered along the shore adjacent to the main lodge where the registration and dining room is located. The cabins are very nice and comfortable, having a fireplace in the living room, nice sleeping queen and king sized beds, full kitchens, private saunas, and many have a washer/dryer and a spa tub.
800-338-4170 | Visit Website | Email
How is it that when you set out to leave the world behind, the world is exactly what you discover? Lakes, trees, trails, a canoe in the water, and an outfitter to set you up. All right here by your Bearskin Lodge cabin on Minnesota’s famed Gunflint Trail. Nestled in the pristine woods of northeastern Minnesota between Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe area (BWCA wilderness). As far as you can get from the rest of the world.
Nor’Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
218-388-2252 | Visit Website | Email
Reserve your quiet lake shore cabin on the edge of the BWCA. Have fun fishing, boating, hiking, and fishing… and more fishing. (Did we mention fishing?) It’s also a great time to drive “Up North” to view Fall colors! Call now to schedule your stay! Yes, dogs are welcome too! Call Nor’Wester Lodge today! “Up North” vacations and outfitted wilderness canoe trips on Minnesota’s legendary Gunflint Trail. Nor’Wester Lodge is located on Poplar Lake at the edge of the Boundary Waters and has been hosted by the Brandt family – since 1931.
Gunflint Pines Resort & Campground
218-388-4454 | Visit Website | Email
We’re a smaller resort, open year round with Northwoods cabins and cottages. We offer camping cabins and campsites for RV’s or tent camping in the summer. We’re a little harder to find since we’re smaller and can’t advertise with the big boys. Often people come in for ice cream, or supplies from the grocery store only to say “I never knew you were here!” Once guests find us they usually return with friends. Many feel as though this is a home away from home.
218-388-2243 | Visit Website | Email
When you are ready to get away, Heston’s Lodge is waiting for you. Secluded log cabins dot the shoreline of Gunflint Lake on Minnesota’s historical Gunflint Trail. Nestled amid tall pines and old cedars, you will find plenty of peace and quiet. Advance planning not only ensures a successful trip, but it also helps to build anticipation and excitement! Visit our link to obtain lots of information on getting ready for your trip.
Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters
218-388-2242 | Visit Website | Email
Rockwood Lodge and Canoe Outfitters is a historic resort on Poplar Lake 31 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais with direct entry into the BWCAW. We feature eight pet-friendly lakeside cabins and canoe outfitting services including canoe rental, gear rental, complete food, bunkhouse, showerhouse-everything to make your wilderness trip successful.
Loon Lake Lodge
218-388-2232 | Visit Website | Email
Enjoy one of the few remaining original log constructed resorts on the Gunflint Trail. Wake up to the calls of loons and sunrise outside your bedroom window. Spend the day hiking, canoeing, or fishing and return to your log cabin to take a shower, enjoy a meal in our lodge and have a cold beer or glass of wine for the evening. You’ll find that Loon Lake Lodge is the perfect Minnesota getaway from the commotion of life’s hurried style.
Big Bear Lodge
218-388-0172 | Visit Website | Email
Big Bear Lodge is nestled among towering red and white pine, majestic spruce and wise old cedar trees on a quiet bay of beautiful Poplar Lake. This is our home, and your home-away-from-home for the time you stay with us. Our rooms and cabins are comfortably rustic – rustic only in the sense of being in the Great North Woods in a traditional cabin of warm wood, and hand hewn log beams. Some of our cabins are so close to the lake you can watch the latest family of Loons swim by, eagles diving for their dinner, or fish jumping from the cool clear water.
Hungry Jack Lodge
218-388-2265 | Visit Website | Email
Located 2.5 miles off the Gunflint Trail, 32 miles northwest of Grand Marais, just two miles from the Canadian border, and less than one mile from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Hungry Jack Lodge is the only resort on Hungry Jack Lake. Hungry Jack Lodge and Campground an ideal “base” for day trips into the BWCA for those who want to experience the the Boundary Waters without giving up the convenience and comfort of a lakeside northwoods resort.
Clearwater Lodge & Outfitters
218-388-2254 | Visit Website | Email
Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters is the original outfitter and lodge on the Gunflint Trail, on the edge of the beautifully pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Northeastern Minnesota. On the National Register of Historic Places, the only lodge on Clearwater Lake was built in 1926 by pioneer Charlie Boostrom and has been preserved and maintained over the years to retain the look and feel of a time gone by. The resort’s 12 lakeside cabins and lodge offer something for everyone, whether its a rustic log cabin, modern lake home or cozy bed and breakfast room.
Trail Center Lodge
218-388-2214 | Visit Website | Email
Located on the beautiful shores of Poplar Lake, Trail Center has been a landmark on the Gunflint Trail since 1938. Originally built as a logging camp, it is now a full service restaurant, gas station, gift store, grocery shop, information center with cabins and a small motel. As many of the Trail Service Center hosts before us our goal remains as theirs, to welcome you and share this wonderful place called the Gunflint Trail.
218-388-2222 | Visit Website | Email
Nestled in the heart of the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway lies your launchpad to Northern Minnesota adventure. Located just outside the Boundary Waters Wilderness, we invite you to start your getaway with us. Whether you want to spend a day on beautiful Poplar Lake, or you want to take in the sunset from the balcony of one of our cabins after a day of fresh northern air, we look forward to being your host.
Cross River Lodge
218-388-2233 | Visit Website | Email
Cross River Lodge, formally known as Moosehorn Lodge, has been purchased by lifelong Gunflint summer resident, John Schloot and his wife Rose and their friend Ken Kormeier. Extensive remodeling has taken place bringing the lodge and it’s cabins and rooms back to the northwoods style of decor. We offer affordable rates along with wireless Internet and we would like to encourage new and previous customers alike to come see our new look and feel.
Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
218-388-2221 | Visit Website | Email
Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters serves paddlers and cabin guests in the heart of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters canoe country. Located 47 miles up the historic Gunflint Trail, Tuscarora has hosted anglers, cabin guests, and canoeists year-round since 1935. We look forward to meeting you and helping you create your best-ever canoe trip or cabin getaway in our beautiful wilderness setting.
Golden Eagle Lodge
218-388-2203 | Visit Website | Email
Unspoiled and unforgettable… Welcome to Golden Eagle Lodge, a family oriented, year round resort. We are located on Flour Lake in the Superior National Forest of Northeastern Minnesota, halfway up the historic Gunflint Trail. As the only residents on the lake, you can look forward to quiet and solitude. We offer fully equipped, modern housekeeping cabins to ensure comfort during your stay in the North Woods.