The Gunflint Trail

Get out in the woods! Spend a day [or more] traveling this 57-mile National Scenic Byway up over the ridgeline and through the woods, it provides access to gorgeous boreal lakes and forests, leads to resorts and outfitters, skirts the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and culminates at a campground. Nearby Chikwauk Museum tells the story of the Gunflint Trail.

The Gunflint Trail from Buffalo Media Group/Justin Graddy.

Nor’Wester Canoe Outfitters
Nor’Wester Canoe Outfitters

7778 Gunflint Trail | Grand Marais, MN 55604

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.

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.

Towering Pines Canopy Tour
Towering Pines Canopy Tour

143 South Gunflint Lake | Grand Marais, MN 55604

A 2- hour naturalist adventure experience soaring between huge white pine trees on a series of 8 zip lines, escorted by two sky guides. Daily trips for guests 10 years or older and no more than 240 pounds. Reservations recommended.… see more

A 2- hour naturalist adventure experience soaring between huge white pine trees on a series of 8 zip lines, escorted by two sky guides.

Daily trips for guests 10 years or older and no more than 240 pounds.

Reservations recommended.

$89.00 per person

Clearwater Historic Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
Clearwater Historic Lodge & Canoe Outfitters

774 Clearwater Road | Grand Marais, MN 55604

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… see more

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.

Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters

143 South Gunflint Lake | Grand Marais, MN 55604

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… see more

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.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

28 Moose Pond Drive | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Housed in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge on beautiful Saganaga Lake, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the area’s cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn about the Gunflint Trail’s prehistoric beginnings and people who helped shape today’s… see more

Housed in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge on beautiful Saganaga Lake, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the area’s cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn about the Gunflint Trail’s prehistoric beginnings and people who helped shape today’s unique, rural community, including Native Americans, Voyageurs, miners, loggers, resort owners and current residents.

Boundary Country Trekking

11 Poplar Creek Drive | Grand Marais, MN 55604

We specialize in customized outfitted canoe trips for small groups. Our fifty years of BWCA canoe guiding experience is put to work for you in planning and outfitting your canoe adventure. All our trips are geared to your interest and… see more

We specialize in customized outfitted canoe trips for small groups. Our fifty years of BWCA canoe guiding experience is put to work for you in planning and outfitting your canoe adventure. All our trips are geared to your interest and abilities, from novice to expert. Located in the mid Gunflint Trail’s with direct access to many BWCA entry points.

We outfit you with whatever you need in canoe and camping equipment for your BWCA Canoe Adventure. And if you prefer, we will provide an experienced canoe guide to accompany you. Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? Try our Canoe-Mountain Bike Combo Trip.

Other specialty trips we offer are Lodge to Lodge Hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail, guided and unguided birding trips, Canoe Inn to Inn, guided day canoe trips to Rose Falls, educational Fire Ecology Canoe/Kayak Tour.

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

189 Sag Lake Trail | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Everything you need for a completely outfitted canoe camping trip into the Boundary Waters or Quetico Park.  We are conveniently located at the end of Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail with direct access from our dock into the BWCA or Quetico.

Everything you need for a completely outfitted canoe camping trip into the Boundary Waters or Quetico Park.  We are conveniently located at the end of Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail with direct access from our dock into the BWCA or Quetico.

Hungry Jack Canoe Outfitters

318 South Hungry Jack Road | Grand Marais, MN 55604

We provide gear, food, and advice for wilderness canoeing, camping, and fishing in northeastern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Ontario’s Quetico Park. Let us give you the attention and service that will make your vacation safe, relaxing, and fun.… see more

We provide gear, food, and advice for wilderness canoeing, camping, and fishing in northeastern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Ontario’s Quetico Park. Let us give you the attention and service that will make your vacation safe, relaxing, and fun.

Whether you need everything for a trip or just a lighter canoe and some good advice, we can help you.

Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe Outfitters

193 Round Lake | Grand Marais, MN 55604

A full service outfitter, offering both complete and partial outfitting options.  We have canoes and camping gear perfectly suited for your trip into the BWCAW and Quetico Provicial Park.  We also offer tow service from our private dock on Saganaga Lake… see more

A full service outfitter, offering both complete and partial outfitting options.  We have canoes and camping gear perfectly suited for your trip into the BWCAW and Quetico Provicial Park.  We also offer tow service from our private dock on Saganaga Lake to give you a jump start on your trip. We offer a range of packages to fit your needs as well as partial outfitting for those who just need a few items to complete their trip.

Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

28 Moose Pond Drive | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Housed in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge on beautiful Saganaga Lake, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the area’s cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn about the Gunflint Trail’s prehistoric beginnings and people who helped shape today’s… see more

Housed in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge on beautiful Saganaga Lake, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the area’s cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn about the Gunflint Trail’s prehistoric beginnings and people who helped shape today’s unique, rural community, including Native Americans, Voyageurs, miners, loggers, resort owners and current residents.

Little Vince’s Guide Service

Gunflint Trail

Guided fishing in and near the BWCA on mid-Gunflint Trail lakes for walleyes, smallmouth bass, bluegills, rainbow trout, splake trout, lake trout, and brook trout. Prices include everything needed for trip except MN fishing license, lunch, drinks, and bait.  Bait… see more

Guided fishing in and near the BWCA on mid-Gunflint Trail lakes for walleyes, smallmouth bass, bluegills, rainbow trout, splake trout, lake trout, and brook trout.

Prices include everything needed for trip except MN fishing license, lunch, drinks, and bait.  Bait can be provided by guide; customer will be charged for what is used.  Shore lunches can be arranged for in advance; cost is $7.00 per person (not available during fire bans).  Customer will purchase own fishing license and bring own drinks.

Rockwood Lodge and Canoe Outfitters

50 Rockwood Road | Grand Marais, MN 55604

At Rockwood, we realize that every party has different wants and needs on a canoe trip. Whether you are a beginner or have taken many canoe trips, our goal is to make your trip the best vacation ever.

At Rockwood, we realize that every party has different wants and needs on a canoe trip. Whether you are a beginner or have taken many canoe trips, our goal is to make your trip the best vacation ever.

Stops Along the Way

 

drive the scenic gunflint trailDrive the Trail (mile marker 110.0+)

Hop in your car and head due north! Drive up, up, up the hill to Pincushion Mountain overlook and take in the wide-open views of Lake Superior and Grand Marais. Continue on, admiring the virgin white pines at 9.5 miles,  then stop at 24 miles, just past the Brule River [not South Brule River] for the 0.5-mile round trip Moose Viewing hike on the left/FR 316 is on the right]. Another 5 miles brings you to trail center shops and dining. Another 15 miles and you will be entering blueberry territory, then the final leg to end of the Trail Campground and Chikwauk Museum.

 

canoe and fish gunflintPaddle & Fish (mile marker 110.0+)

Bring your canoe, boat and motor, or kayak or call an outfitter and rent one. Paddle any of the lakes. Drop a line and try for walleye, northern, rainbow, splake, smallmouth bass, and lake trout.

 

 

shop and restaurants gunflint trailShop & Dine (mile marker 110.0+)

Shop the cluster of stores mid-trail near Poplar Lake, on the south side of Gunflint Lake, and near the end of trail. Dine at any of the restaurants along the way.

 

 

hike gunflint trailHike (mile marker 110.0+)

Hike to Magnetic Rock [pictured above], a favorite 3.1-mile round-trip hike past a pond, through a blueberry patch, through the forest recovering from the 2007 Ham Lake Fire and up an easy ascent to this 60-foot magnetic rock. Bring a compass and see what happens!
Drive 47.0 miles north on the Gunflint Trail to the parking area on the right

Refer to the Hiking and Canoeing pages, too!

 

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