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wilderness activity program

The following are most of the activities we present during the year. Each week
15 to 20 activities from this list will be offered, depending on the season and weather.
Many of these are guided activities, but the lists also include adventures you can do
on your own.

Winter/Fall | Summer/Spring

Winter / Fall - Wilderness Activity Program

Winter Table of Contents

• Educational Endeavors
Fire and Ice Geology Presentation, Great Lakes Ghost Stories Presentation, Gunflint History Presentation, Gunflint History Tour, The Life of a Voyageur Presentation, Orienteering Interactive Presentation, Saturday Night Sing Along, Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Stories of the Northwoods Presentation, Wildfire Ecology Presentation.
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• Skiing Excursions
Amperage Run Trail Ski, Ancient Cedars of the Lonely Lake Trail, Big Pine Trail Ski, Geology of the West End Trail, Jack Pines of the Ham Lake Trail, Moose Tracks of the North Star Trail, Rabbit Run Ski, Spectacular Views of the Highlands Trail.
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• Night Time Wilderness Excursions
Celestial Legends Night Hike, Full Moon Hike, Full Moon Ski, Hike Under the Northern Lights, Ski Under the Aurora Borealis, Ski Under the Stars, Wolf Howling.
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• Daytime Hiking/Snowshoeing Excursions
Animal Tracking, Geology of the High Cliffs, Photography of the Lost Cliffs Overlook, Winter Ecology of the Hidden Trail, Winter Wetland Ecology of Lonely Lake.
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• Crafting Endeavors
Birch Bark Bookmarks, Candle Making, Dream Catchers, Northwoods Candle Holders, Northwoods Magnets, Northwoods Pencil Holders, Peanut Butter Bird Feeders, Wreath Making.
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Educational Endeavors

Fire and Ice Geology Presentation
This part of Minnesota is one of the most geologically stable places on Earth.  However, this was not always so.  Learn about the incredible events of the past 2.5 billion years that have shaped this beautiful landscape.

Great Lakes Ghost Stories Presentation
The tales of ghost ships, haunted lighthouses, and other restless spirits which inhabit the five Great Lakes are told in this enlightening activity.

Gunflint History Presentation
Gunflint Lodge was built in 1925 as a small fishing outpost.  Justine and her family first came up here in 1927, and took full control of the resort in 1929.  We will explore the history of the Lodge from that time, all the way to the present, in this fascinating presentation.

Gunflint History Tour
Take an interactive journey through the history of Gunflint Lodge.  We will start our tour back in 1925, and journey all the way to the present.  The walking on this activity will be minimal, but the experience will be great.

The Life of a Voyageur Presentation
Did you know that the Voyageurs paddled right through Gunflint Lake, and along much of the U.S. / Canadian border?  Learn who these adventurers were, and what their lives were like centuries ago.

Minnesota Ghost Stories Presentation
Did you know that most of the college campuses in Minnesota are reputed to be haunted?  How about that you most likely passed several haunted sites on the way up here.  Learn about these stories and much more at the Minnesota Ghost Stories program.

Orienteering Interactive Presentation
Learn how to read a map and compass, two of the most important skills in wilderness travel, in this informative, hands-on activity.

Saturday Night Sing Along
Sit around the fireplace in the Gunflint Nature Center, and enjoy a night of singing led by the naturalists.  We have a diverse group of songs available in order to have something for everyone to enjoy.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes Presentation
Learn about many of the major shipwrecks of the Great Lakes through stories, songs, and pictures.  Some of the ships that will be discussed are the Griffon, Lady Elgin, Eastland, George M. Cox, Carl D. Bradley, Daniel J. Morrell, and the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Stories of the Northwoods Presentation
Winter is the time that the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Chippewa) pass on stories that have been told for generations and are an integral part of their culture.  Learn some of these stories, along with many other stories that are indigenous to the Northwoods, while sitting by the cozy fireplace in the Gunflint Nature Center.

Wildfire Ecology Presentation
Wildfires are a major part of the ecology of the boreal forest of the Gunflint Trail, and surrounding wilderness areas.  Come to this informative program and learn how wildfire ecology works, and hear about the recent wildfire history of this beautiful region.

Cross Country Skiing Excursions

Amperage Run Trail
This trail runs through a scenic wetland valley between the Lonely Lake Trail and Gunflint Lake.  There are several small hills which make this trail moderate in difficulty.

Ancient Cedars of the Lonely Lake Trail
Take a fascinating skiing excursion through some of the oldest white cedars in the state.   This is a great trail for all levels of skiers.

Big Pine Trail
The Big Pine Trail winds through forest, by a cedar swamp, and along ridges which give you a nice view of Gunflint Lake.  This trail has a big uphill at the beginning, and a big downhill at the end.  The rest is easy, giving it a moderate difficulty rating.

Geology of the West End Trail
This trail abounds with glacial till, scenic views, beautiful wetlands, and tree lined corridors.  Due to the hilly nature of this excursion, it is rated as challenging.

Jack Pines of the Ham Lake Trail
Snow covered jack pines form broken green and white curtains on one of our most remote ski trails.  Come and enjoy one of our more timeless Northwoods skiing experiences.  A moderate difficulty rating should be considered when signing up for this activity.

Moose Tracks of the North Star Trail
This is one of the best animal tracking ski trails in the Northwoods.  It is not uncommon to see signs of moose, deer, and wolves on this well groomed trail.  Due to the presence of some hills, this excursion is moderate in difficulty.

Rabbit Run Trail
If you enjoy a challenge, then this is the trail for you.  Much of the trail goes down an invigorating slope on the front side of the Highlands Ridge.  Upon crossing the Gunflint Trail, Rabbit Run becomes easier overall, but still has some challenging hills upon which great views can be seen.  Due to the hilly nature of this excursion, it has been rated as challenging.

Spectacular Views of the Highlands Trail
This trail was voted best overall view of Gunflint Lake by the Gunflint Lodge Naturalists.  It also has a wonderful view of the neighboring Cross River Valley.  Most of the trail is of moderate difficulty, and if you are up to the challenge, you can try “Wipeout Hill” at the far end of this incredible trail.

 

Night Time Wilderness Excursions

Celestial Legends Night Hike
Have you ever heard the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd?”  Did you know that the song acted as a map for escaping slaves who were trying to gain their freedom, or that the drinking gourd is actually the Big Dipper?  Learn about this, along with other fascinating celestial facts and legends as we take a snowshoe trek under the stars.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity is moderate in difficulty.

Full Moon Hike
Snowshoe by the light of the silvery moon, and enjoy our snowshoe trails from a whole new perspective.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity carries a moderate difficulty rating.

Full Moon Ski
The full moon appears to be incredibly bright during the winter.  It is almost as though you are skiing during the day.  Come see and ski under this incredible sight.  There is a moderate difficulty rating due to the slightly dimmer light conditions.

Hike Under the Northern Lights
Let the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis guide you as we learn the facts and legends behind the Northern Lights.  Our destinations of this excursion are Lookout Point and Lonely Lake.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity carries a moderate difficult rating.

Aurora Borealis Ski
The Gunflint Trail is the best place in Minnesota to see the Northern Lights.  Skiing under the Aurora Borealis is an experience that you will never forget.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity carries a moderate difficulty rating.

Stars Ski
One of the best ways to get away from the lights of the resort for some spectacular stargazing is on Nordic skis.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity has a moderate difficulty rating.

Wolf Howling Hike
Join a naturalist on a night time trek through the wilderness as we communicate with one of the most spectacular of all northern animals, the gray wolf.  Along the way, we will learn about the wolf, and why it likes to howl.  This activity carries a moderate difficulty rating due to the lower light conditions.

Daytime Hiking/Snowshoeing Excursions

Animal Tracking
Winter is the best time of the year to track animals.  Not only do the animals use our trails, but a fresh coat of snow is like a clean piece of paper with which to see the tracks.

Boreal Birding
The boreal forest is a fascinating place to view birds.  Some of the unique birds which inhabit this area in the winter are the black-backed woodpecker, gray jay, pine grosbeak, and the common redpoll.  This activity will be a journey in which we will learn about, and hopefully see many of these amazing birds.

Geology of the High Cliffs
Did you know that the High Cliffs were formed well underground as geological sills about 1.8 billion years ago?  They remained underground until the glaciers exposed them about 20,000 years ago.  Did you know that on top of the High Cliffs, we can see the path of the glaciers?  Come on this challenging hike and see one of the best geological views in the lower 48 states.

Photography of Lookout Point
Learn the basics of wilderness photography on our easiest scenic overlook trail.  This is a great hike for adventurers of all ages.

Photography of the Lost Cliffs Overlook
Many people say this view is even greater than that of High Cliffs, because you can better see the contours of the land.  Come of this challenging, yet worthwhile excursion and judge for yourself.

Winter Ecology of the Hidden Trail
This trail remains hidden throughout the summer, and is a beautiful backwoods trail to travel in the winter.  Join us as we travel through an ancient cedar swamp, a young forest, then through the wetland adjoining Lonely Lake.  This is one of our easiest winter hiking excursions.

Winter Wetland Ecology of Lonely Lake
In the winter, we have a much bigger trail system around Lonely Lake on which to explore the wetland ecosystem.  Due to the spring fed nature of the lake, it is not safe to go on the ice, but it is safe to walk on the surrounding trails.  This is one of our easiest, yet most secluded hikes.

Crafting Endeavors

Birch Bark Bookmarks
This is a rewarding craft in which we take thin pieces of birch bark, and craft a nice bookmark which will mark your pages for many years.

Candle Making
Learn how to make your own sand and dip candles in this fun and educational craft.  Due to the length of time it takes to heat the wax, please sign up at least two hours in advance.

Dream Catchers
Making dream catchers is an Anishinaabe tradition in which you make a willow frame, weave a web of sinew, and decorate it with beads and feathers.  The good dreams find their way through the small hole in the center, while the other dreams get caught in the outer web and disappear in the morning.

Northwoods Candle Holders
Craft a beautiful new candle holder out of birch, balsam fir, aspen, or other wood we may have on hand.

Northwoods Magnets
Create a great refrigerator magnet out of natural materials from the area.  Some of the things that have been made in the past have been birch bark signs, animals made of pine cones, and small rocks which have been put together is various forms.

Northwoods Pencil Holders
In the activity, we will saw, drill, and sand a piece of wood into a pencil holder you can be proud of the many years to come.

Peanut Butter Bird Feeders
We make these creative bird feeders by taking white pine cones, spreading on peanut butter, rolling them in sunflower seeds, and placing them on a mobile.  There is not a wrong way to make your feeders, and the birds love them.

Wreath Making
This is a great new December craft in which we hand pick balsam fir boughs, and attach them to a ring using our wreath making machine.  After completion of the wreath, you can make a bow, and take it home to decorate for the holidays.

Summer / Spring - Wilderness Activity Program

 

    • Presentations: Bear Truth, Fire and Ice Geology, Great Lakes Ghost Stories, Gunflint History, The Life of a Voyageur, Minnesota Ghost Stories, Sensational Snakes, Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Stories of the Northwoods, Stormy Weather, Underground Railroad, Wildfire Ecology. (Details Below)

    • Crafting Endeavors: Birch Bark Bookmarks, Birch Bark Picture Frames, Birch Bark Postcards, Birch Bark Sampler, Candle Making, Dream Catchers, Northwoods Candle Holders, Northwoods Magnets, Northwoods Pencil Holders, Paper Making. (Details Below)

    • Kid’s Only Adventures: Bug Safari, Fishing Fun, Hobo Hike, Nature Discovery Hike, Pizza and a Movie, Scavenger Hunt, Story Time, Supper with a Story. (Details Below)

    • Interactive Experiences: Animal Search, Gunflint History Tour, Make a Boat and Race it Down the River, Orienteering, Saturday Night Sing Along. (Details Below)

    • Hiking Day Trips: Caribou Rock Day Hike, Kekekabic Trail Day Hike, South Rim Day Hike. (Details Below)

    • Daylight Hikes: Animal Tracking, Berry Picking, Blueberries of the Lost Cliffs Overlook, Boreal Birding, Geology of the High Cliffs, Lady’s Slipper Hike, Medicinal Plants of the Mid-Cliffs Trail, Photography of Lookout Point, Spectacular Views of the Highlands Trail, Wetland Ecology of Lonely Lake, Wild Edibles, Wildfire Ecology of the Magnetic Rock Trail, Wildflower Hike. (Details Below)

    • Night Time Wilderness Excursions:   Aurora Borealis Hike, Celestial Legends Night Hike, Full Moon Hike, Starlight Paddle, Sunset at Honeymoon Bluff, Wolf Howling Hike. (Details Below)

    • Paddling Day Trips: Brant Lake Day Canoe Paddle, Granite River Day Canoe Paddle, Ham Lake Day Canoe Paddle, Seagull Lake Day Kayak Trip, Stairway Portage Day Canoe Trip. (Details Below)

    • Canoeing Fun: Beaver Paddle, Cross River Adventure, Sunset Paddle. (Details Below)

    • Kayaking Fun: Fire and Ice Geology Paddle, Iron Lake Paddle, Loon Paddle. (Details Below)

    • Pontoon: Dessert Cruise, Early Morning Cruise, Fall Colors Cruise, History Cruise, Snack Cruise, Wildfire Ecology Cruise. (Details Below)

    • Pontoon and Hike: Boat Trip and Hike to Bridal Falls, Boat Trip and Hike to Little Rock Falls. (Details Below)

    Presentations

    Bear Truth
    Did you know that Smokey Bear, and Winnie the Pooh were real bears?  How about that the only bear in this area is the black bear?  Did you know that black bears eat primarily vegetation?  Learn more about the black bears as well as many others in this fascinating presentation.

    Fire and Ice Geology
    This part of Minnesota is one of the most geologically stable places on Earth.  However, this was not always so.  Learn about the incredible events of the past 2.5 billion years that have shaped this beautiful landscape.

    Great Lakes Ghost Stories
    The tales of ghost ships, haunted lighthouses, and other restless spirits which inhabit the five Great Lakes are told in this enlightening activity.

    Gunflint History
    Gunflint Lodge was built in 1925 as a small fishing outpost.  Justine and her family first came up here in 1927, and took full control of the resort in 1929.  We will explore the history of the Lodge from that time, all the way to the present, in this fascinating presentation.

    The Life of a Voyageur
    Did you know that the Voyageurs paddled right through Gunflint Lake, and along much of the U.S. / Canadian border?  Learn who these adventurers were, and what their lives were like centuries ago.

    Minnesota Ghost Stories
    Did you know that most of the college campuses in Minnesota are reputed to be haunted?  How about that you most likely passed several haunted sites on the way up here.  Learn about these stories and much more at the Minnesota Ghost Stories program.

    Sensational Snakes
    Explore the wonderful, yet often misunderstood world of snakes, and meet a live snake or two in this fascinating presentation.

    Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes
    Learn about many of the major shipwrecks of the Great Lakes through stories, songs, and pictures.  Some of the ships that will be discussed are the Griffon, Lady Elgin, Eastland, George M. Cox, Carl D. Bradley, Daniel J. Morrell, and the Edmund Fitzgerald.

    Stories of the Northwoods
    There are many fascinating stories which define the culture of the Northwoods.  Come to this relaxing presentation, and prepare to be amazed.

    Stormy Weather
    There is little to compare to the excitement of a thunderstorm.  Storms have been a part of our culture since time began.  Come to this new program and learn how these storms occur, and what some of the regions strongest ones have been over the past two centuries.

    Underground Railroad
    The Underground Railroad is a major part of the culture of the Great Lakes Region.  The Great Lakes were often the last step to freedom, since Great Britain and her territories became free before the United States.  Come to this program and learn about the fascinating first civil rights movement.

    Wildfire Ecology
    Wildfires are a major part of the ecology of the boreal forest of the Gunflint Trail, and surrounding wilderness areas.  Come to this informative program and learn how wildfire ecology works, and hear about the recent wildfire history of this beautiful region.

    Crafting Endeavors


    Birch Bark Bookmarks
    This is a rewarding craft in which we take thin pieces of birch bark, and make a beautiful bookmark which will mark your pages for many years.

    Birch Bark Picture Frames
    There is no better material than birch bark to frame the pictures of your Northwoods experiences.  Come to this fun new activity and let your creativity run wild.

    Birch Bark Postcards
    Have you ever sent a birch bark postcard through the mail, or received one from a friend.  Come to this fun new activity and add to your life’s creative experiences.

    Birch Bark Sampler
    Did you know that you can make a postcard out of birch bark and send it through the mail?  How about making a birch bark picture frame?  Try these crafts and much more in our Birch Bark Sampler program.

    Candle Making
    Learn how to make your own sand and dip candles in this fun and educational craft.  Due to the length of time it takes to heat the wax, please sign up at least two hours in advance.

    Dream Catchers
    Making dream catchers is an Anishinaabe tradition in which you make a willow frame, weave a web of sinew, and decorate it with beads and feathers.  The good dreams find their way through the small hole in the center, while the other dreams get caught in the outer web and burn away with the morning dew.  This is a great activity for people ages 10 and older.

    Northwoods Candle Holders
    Craft a beautiful new candle holder out of balsam fir, aspen, or other wood we may have on hand.

    Northwoods Magnets
    Create a great refrigerator magnet out of natural materials from the area.  Some of the things that have been made in the past were birch bark signs, animals made of pine cones, and small rocks which have been put together is various forms.

    Northwoods Pencil Holders
    In the activity, we will saw, drill, and sand a piece of wood into a pencil holder you can be proud of for many years to come.

    Paper Making
    Have you ever wondered how recycled paper is made?  Come to this activity and find out.  Each participant will be able to take home their own piece of hand-made recycled paper.  This activity is fun for all ages.

    Kid’s Only Adventures


    Bug Safari
    Join a naturalist for an hour of bug collecting and identification.  Ages 5+

    Fishing Fun
    Join our Kid’s and Crafts Naturalist for three hours of fishing fun.  Due to boat size, this activity is limited to three participants.  Ages 5+

    Hobo Hike
    Imagine that you are a hobo, traveling throughout the country with your only possessions in a bandana at the end of a stick.  You decide to take a lunch break after a fun hike, and pull out of your bandana a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some pretzels, and some cool, clear water to drink.  Ages 5+

    Nature Discovery Hike
    Explore a mud pit that is almost 2 billion years old.  Find out why a piece of sandstone from many miles away is sitting right next to our trail.  Learn how to find the tastiest fruit you have ever had, and much more on this fascinating hike.  Ages 5 +

    Pizza and a Movie
    A variety of movies will be available which the group will choose from upon arrival.  Pizza will be served soon after, along with lemonade or water.  Ages 5+

    Scavenger Hunt
    Prizes will be awarded to the first person to point out various items of the naturalists list.  You must be able to read for this activity.  Ages 6+

    Story Time
    Mystery, comedy, ghosts, and nature.  The exact stories will be determined by the ages and interests of the group members.  Ages 5+

    Supper with a Story
    When arriving, the kids will get to pick a story, and one item from the kid’s menu.  After that, only enjoyment follows.  Ages 5 +

    Interactive Experiences

    Animal Search
    Search the Gunflint Trail and her side roads for moose, bear, deer, and much more.  This activity will be a van ride with short hikes in between.

    Gunflint History Tour
    Take an interactive journey through the history of Gunflint Lodge.  We will start our tour back in 1925, and journey all the way to the present.  The walking on this activity will be minimal, but the experience will be great.

    Make a Boat and Race it Down the River
    This interactive activity was previously for kids only, but we had so much family fun with it last year that we decided to make it for all ages.  The boats that you will construct are made from your imaginations and the materials in the area.  There is a creek behind the Nature Center in which the races will be held.  This is a great experience for all ages.

    Orienteering
    Learn how to read a map and compass, two of the most important skills in wilderness travel, in this informative, hands-on activity.  Ages 7+

    Saturday Night Sing Along
    Join one or more naturalists for a night of singing folk, country, early rock and roll, and camp songs.  This is a great way to end the week.

    Hiking Day Trips

    Caribou Rock Trail
    This seven-mile hike follows a ridge which looks out high over Bearskin, Moss, Duncan, and Rose Lakes.  At the far end, you connect to a beautiful part of the Border Route Trail and the famous Stairway Portage, complete with a scenic waterfall.  We will have our sack lunches overlooking Rose Lake.  Due to the length and terrain, this activity is challenging, but worth it.  Limit of 8 participants due to BWCAW regulations.

    Kekekabic Trail
    The Kekekabic Trail is a nearly forty mile long path which extends from the Gunflint Trail all the way to Ely, Minnesota.  This half has a lot of beautiful new growth due to the blowdown of 1999, the prescribed burn of 2003, the Cavity Lake Fire of 2006, and the Ham Lake Fire of 2007.  Learn about these events as well as the Paulsen Mine of 1893 on this fascinating new day hike.

    South Rim Trail
    The South Rim Ridge was formed 1.1 billion years ago deep underground.  After multiple ice ages and other erosive events, this ridge became the highest hill around, with some of the most spectacular views in the region.  We will have our included sack lunches at an overlook of Ontario’s La Verendre River Provincial Park, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Due to the length and terrain, this activity is challenging, but well worth the effort.

    Daylight Hikes

    Animal Tracking
    To be an animal tracker is to be a nature detective.  Not only do we look at what kind of animal made the track, we also look at what the animal was doing at the time.  On this hike, we will search for the answers to questions such as; “Why is the bark missing from a part of this tree,” “What was that animal eating who dropped this scat,” and “Why are these snowshoe hare tracks thirteen feet apart?”  Learn the answers to these questions as well as many more in this enlightening activity.

    Berry Picking
    Raspberries, blueberries, thimbleberries, bunchberries, dewberries, Saskatoon berries, and strawberries.  Once you mouth stops watering, come and sign up for this fun and delicious hike.

    Blueberries of the Lost Cliffs Overlook
    Wild blueberries are smaller, yet better tasting than any blueberries you would buy in the store.  The view from the Lost Cliffs Overlook is better than almost any you would see in the United States.  Put the two of them together, and you have a challenging, and very worthwhile hike.

    Boreal Birding
    “Oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada.”  “Who cooks for you?  Who cooks for you all?”  “Chickadee dee dee dee dee.”  These songs come from the white-throated sparrow, the barred owl, and the black-capped chickadee.  Come on the Boreal Birding hike to learn about these birds and many more.

    Geology of the High Cliffs
    Did you know that the High Cliffs were formed well underground as diabase sills about 1.1 billion years ago?  They remained underground until the glaciers exposed them about 20,000 years ago.  Did you know that on top of the High Cliffs, you can see the path of the glaciers?  Come on this challenging hike and see one of the best geological views in the lower 48 states.

    Lady’s Slipper Hike
    Did you know that a pink lady’s slipper takes five years to go from seed to flower, and the showy lady’s slipper (our state flower) takes up to fifteen to do the same thing.  Come on this fascinating hike to learn about these incredible flowers.

    Medicinal Plants of the Mid-Cliffs Trail
    Did you know that a lichen know as Usnea (old man’s beard) can be used to stop bleeding in an emergency situation?  Learn about Usnea, as well as many other medicinal plants on this informative hike.

    Photography of Lookout Point
    There is nothing like a basic camera course with a great view.  During this hike we will focus on how to set up the picture to make it interesting, then, we will take some great photos from Lookout Point of things near and far.

    Spectacular Views of the Highlands Trail
    This trail has the best overall views of Gunflint Lake as well as the neighboring Cross River valley.  There is also the added bonus of a lot of wild strawberries along this moderately difficult trail.

    Wetland Ecology of Lonely Lake
    When you enter a wetland, you enter a whole new world.  In that world, the land floats on water, a conifer known as the Tamarack sheds all its needles in a shower of gold, and several of the plants with leaves never lose them.  Come on this easy hike, and learn about this fascinating ecosystem.

    Wildfire Ecology of the Magnetic Rock Trail
    Parts of the Magnetic Rock Trail have burned three times in the last twenty years.  Twice the fire was uncontrolled, and in 2002 it was a prescribed burn.  This incredible hike will bring us through three stages of wildfire succession, and you will be amazed at what you will see.

    Wildflower Hike
    Learn the names, uses, and folklore behind these beautiful plants on this spectacular hike.

    Night Time Wilderness Excursions

    Aurora Borealis Hike
    Let the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis guide you as we learn the facts and legends behind the Northern Lights.  Our destinations of this excursion are Lookout Point and Lonely Lake.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity carries a moderate difficult rating.

    Celestial Legends Night Hike
    Have you ever heard the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd?”  Did you know that the song acted as a map for escaping slaves who were trying to gain their freedom, or that the drinking gourd is actually the Big Dipper?  Learn about this, along with other fascinating celestial facts and legends as we take a trek under the stars.  Due to the lower light conditions, this activity is moderate in difficulty.

    Full Moon Hike
    You will never forget the sight of the full moon illuminating the trees and landscape of the Northwoods.  The light is so bright, that your shadow will be cast on the rocks of Lookout Point.  Due to the slightly dimmer light however, this activity is rated as moderate.

    Starlight Paddle
    No theater in the world could ever come close to the incredible stars that you will see at night out in the middle of Gunflint Lake.  Due to the paddling, and lower light conditions, this activity is rated as moderate.

    Sunset at Honeymoon Bluff
    Can you think of a better way to begin the night than to view a beautiful sunset from an incredible overlook?  How about seeing a moose on the way there?  The sky is the limit when it comes to this incredible activity.

    Wolf Howling Hike
    Join a naturalist on a night time trek through the wilderness as we communicate with one of the most spectacular of all northern animals, the gray wolf.  Along the way, we will learn about the wolf, and why it likes to howl.  This activity carries a moderate difficulty rating due to the lower light conditions.

    Paddling Day Trips

    Brant Lake Day Canoe Paddle
    Learn about wildfire ecology, Precambrian geology, and much more on this rewarding day trip.  We will start our journey on Round Lake, then portage and paddle our way through West Round, and Edith Lakes on the way to Brant.  Once on Brant, we will stop at a rocky campsite and have our delicious sack lunches.  On the return trip, we will study the opposite sides of the trees, and have the possibility of seeing everything from a slime mold to moose.  Due to the portaging, this excursion is challenging.  Limit of 8 participants due to BWCAW regulations.

    Granite River Day Canoe Paddle
    This beautiful route has changed little since the time of the voyageurs, more than a century ago.  As we make this journey through time, we will go past rapids, waterfalls, scenic rocky outcroppings, and water so clear that it is as though you are traveling through currents of air.  This journey is challenging, but worthwhile.  Limit of 8 participants due to BWCAW regulations.

    Ham Lake Day Canoe Paddle
    Paddle up to scenic rapids, portage over ancient trails, journey past a rock that seems to change shape before your eyes, and eat lunch on a beautiful campsite all on the Ham Lake Day Canoe Trip.  This trip is moderate in difficulty.

    Seagull Lake Day Kayak Trip
    Seagull Lake has the oldest trees in the state, towering palisades, scenic islands, four stages of wildfire succession, and much more.  This journey contains no portages, so it is moderate in difficulty.  Limit of 4 due to kayak capacities.

    Stairway Portage Day Canoe Trip
    Take a journey through two of the lakes which have been immortalized in the song “The Far Northland,” on your way to the famous Stairway Portage, her scenic waterfall, and incredible overlooks of Rose Lake.  This activity is challenging due to the portaging, and the moderately sized lakes.  Limit of 8 due to BWCAW regulations.

    Canoeing Fun

    Beaver Paddle
    A beaver can remain underwater for as long as fifteen minutes.  Learn more about the largest of all North American rodents on a paddle to a hidden pond at the west end of Gunflint Lake.

    Cross River Adventure
    Duck under an old bridge, and take a trip back in time as you pass from Gunflint Lake into the Cross River.  This river is shallow, with an abundance of wildlife and many small rapids which are enjoyable to paddle.

    Sunset Paddle
    Sunset is a great time to see beaver, otter, deer, moose, a beautiful sky, and much more.  Come on this moderate paddle, and view some things that you will never forget.

    Kayaking Fun

    Fire and Ice Geology Paddle
    There are several fascinating Precambrian geological formations within easy paddling distance of the lodge.  Join one of our naturalists to gain a new appreciation of extremely ancient history.

    Iron Lake Paddle
    The most fascinating part of this journey will be in the section between Little Iron and Iron Lakes.  This area has the feel of a river in the middle of a wilderness, and some great wildlife too.  You may see otters, moose, bear, and much more along this scenic waterway.

    Loon Paddle
    There are several pairs of loons who nest on Gunflint and Magnetic Lakes.  Learn many interesting facts about our state bird while paddling among them.

    Pontoon

    Dessert Cruise
    End you day by enjoying a variety of desserts on board our pontoon boat.

    Early Morning Cruise
    Enjoy the peaceful Northwoods morning aboard our comfortable pontoon boat.

    Fall Colors Cruise
    The fall colors of the Arrowhead Region are more spectacular than anything else you will see in Minnesota and the surrounding states.  Come on this comfortable cruise and enjoy this spectacular sight.

    History Cruise
    Did you know that there used to be two towns, and two railroads on the shores of Gunflint Lake?  How about the fact that there used to be a railroad trestle over the Gunflint Narrows?  Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard our comfortable pontoon boat, and learn about the incredible history of the beautiful place.

    Snack Cruise
    Savor an appetizer of cheese, crackers, and fruit as we take a pontoon boat trip on Gunflint and Magnetic Lakes.

    Wildfire Ecology Cruise
    Last spring, a wildfire bigger than any ever seen on the Gunflint Trail burned over much of the Gunflint Corridor, and well into Ontario, Canada.  Fire is the natural way a forest regenerates itself.  While being an ending for some plants, it signals the birth of many others.  Come on this fascinating cruise, and learn about both wildfire ecology as well as local fire history.

    Pontoon and Hike

    Boat Trip and Hike to Bridal Falls
    Take a relaxing excursion aboard our pontoon boat on the six mile journey to Bridal Falls.  The short .6 mile hike in to the falls is full of unique plants such as jack-in –the –pulpit, coral fungus, and nodding trillium.  The falls themselves come down on to massive amounts of shattered shale, and head towards the lake in a roaring creek.  This hike is of moderate difficulty, and you may get your feet wet when there is high water.  Dress in multiple layers of clothing as the pontoon ride many be cool, even if it feels warm on the dock.

    Boat Trip and Hike to Little Rock Falls
    Many people refer to this area as the land of sky blue waters.  It is a name which became famous back in the 1970’s when a Hamm’s Beer Commercial was filmed at Little Rock Falls.  This beautiful waterfall has changed little since the filming of the commercial, or since the Voyageurs paddled these waters many years before.  Due to the boulder filled trail, this hike is of moderate difficulty.  Please be sure to dress in layers, as the pontoon trip over may be a bit chilly.

     

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