morning mist rises from wilderness lake gunflint trail

places to buy and rent outdoor gear on the north shore

Hundreds of lakes and rivers dot the inland landscape, perfect for camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, being outside. Don’t have the gear you need? Not sure where to go? Outfitters rent everything you need to spend a few hours, a day, a few nights, a week or more canoeing and camping.

If you’re interested in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, they can help you acquire permits and plan your trip, and, if you want, they’ll go along as a guide.

If you’re looking for just the right gear and equipment, stop at one of the stores that specialize in outdoor gear. You’ll get expertise, recommendations, and just what you need. 

bearskin outfitters
mile 25.9

We are a small outfitter located on East Bearskin Lake, entry point 64. We take pride in being able to deal with each group’s personal needs. When we are not working, we are paddling, and we hope that is reflected in the routing and general advice that we give each trip. We strive to keep our equipment top notch, and base most of our gear choices on what we have personally used in the past. We can help with full outfitting, gear rental, or just have a question about a lake you might be paddling through. We are always willing to talk about canoe trips

124 E Bearskin Rd | Grand Marais
218-388-2292
gunflint northwoods outfitters
mile 47.3

Each visit to this area is a wilderness adventure. Encounter a never ending variety of clear water lakes and enjoy nature - feed a moose, call a loon, fish for tasty walleye, listen to the crackle of your campfire, or just enjoy the fading sunset as dusk settles in the Gunflint wilderness. Our unique trips set the standards for adventure in the Boundary Waters country, from our care for the environment, to the thorough planning of your trip and the commitment to excellence we offer based on our 70+ years of outfitting at Gunflint.

143 S Gunflint Lake Rd | Grand Marais
800-328-3325
ClearwaterCanoeOutfitters
mile 27.4

As the original Gunflint Trail outfitter, we’ve been helping people explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for 100 years. Our experts know the area, the lakes, and have everything you need to make memories that will last a lifetime. Kevlar canoes, complete or partial outfitting with meal options, fishing gear, permits, and towing services are available. We can also provide bunkhouse beds or other lodging, as well as a hot breakfast option.

774 Clearwater Road | Grand Marais
800-527-0554
sawtooth outfittes outfitting
mile 82.4

With great rates, excellent service, a convenient location and quality equipment, Sawtooth Outfitters should be your first choice for BWCA canoe outfitting, kayak rentals and tours, as well as bicycle rentals and service. Stop in to check out our outdoor gear store where you will find a wide variety of products to fit the needs of any outdoor enthusiast. Whether you are visiting the North Shore looking for fun and adventure or planning a wilderness canoe trip, we are here to help.

7213 Minnesota 61 | Tofte
218-663-7643
norwester outfitters
mile 30.0

Provides complete and partial outfitting services for wilderness canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. We offer customers quality lightweight equipment and good food at reasonable costs for their trip into canoe country.

7778 Gunflint Trail | Grand Marais
218-388-2252
Hestons Lodge
mile 43.7

Small store with hand-picked interesting items, eclectic mix of groceries and some surprises.

579 South Gunflint Lake | Grand Marais
218-388-2243
mile 25.6

Your resource for all things outdoor adventure. With an expertly curated selection of bikes and gear we’re here to support your wildest cycling dreams and more. Bike rentals, service and custom, durable bikepacking and bike touring Cedaero bags right here in our shop!

1130 11th Street | Two Harbors
218-834-2117
mile 109.7

Where sportsmen meet. Sporting goods, live bait, tackle and licenses, hardware, gas, home goods and everything you forgot.

18 1st Ave W | Grand Marais
218-387-2280
mile 26.0

A fine selection of books, maps, clothes, pins, patches, postcards and posters, and Granite Gear.

618 1st Avenue | Two Harbors
218-834-2700
mile 97.4

at North County Cottages

See more of the Shore easier and electrically with our eBikes. Rent cruisers, fat bikes, foldables and even a trike! Half day $50, full day $85, 2 day $150. We can deliver free within a 20 mile radius. Delivery charge beyond that. Must be 18 to rent.

4210 West Highway 61 | Lutsen
218-663-0009
mile 109.8

Grand Marais outdoor adventure store. High quality gear and clothing, hand-picked by our staff. We also have a rental shop and offer outdoor tours all year long.

22 East 1st Street | Grand Marais
218-387-3136
mile 90.2

Unique gifts, exclusive apparel, ski/snowboard accessories, home decor, books, toys and more! In the historic Scandinavian Chalet

In the Chalet, 452 Ski Hill Road | Lutsen
218-663-7842

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