at the Gunflint Pines Resort
is a special time of year. A time of freshness and new beginnings. The
woods are coming to life, the days are getting longer, the deer are
returning to the woods. The birds are in migration, the spring flora is
beginning to bloom. Canoeing & kayaking can offer breathtaking
serenity, hiking allows us to see what is hidden deep in the woods
during the summer and most importantly the return of the fishing season.
to life in the spring with the Walleye and Small Mouth bass both
spawning. Gunflint Lake borders Minnesota and Canada and is a large
deep glacial lake. Our water is crystal clear with a clarity of over
12ft. The water quality here has not changed in over 300 years.
finds our crystal clear lake colder than most of the mid or southern
lakes. The Northern are active in this cold water, and the Lake trout
are usually fairly shallow and average 3-4 lbs. Walleye fishing this
time of year can be a little more challenging. They are usually more
active at night and it is not uncommon to catch a trophy over 10lbs.
Gunflint Lake has no motor restrictions but a Canadian Border crossing
permit is required to access the Canadian side. Guided fishing trips
are available with local area guides, and guests are welcome to bring
their own boats or rent one of ours. (see more information on the
Spring is a great
time for hiking. The woods are just coming to life. Mornings can be
cool and misty afternoons can be quite warm and sunny. The paths can be
muddy or still have patches of icy snow protected from the sun in the
shadows at the base of an evergreen. Hiking this time of year can be
breathtaking in more ways than one. The scenery is much different than
in the summer as what the summer growth hides is now exposed. Delicate
spring foliage such as the Marsh Marigold, Rose Twisted Stalk and the
flowers for the Common Strawberry are just leading the way for the
summer blooms. The mushroom populations are also coming to life.
With the days
nearing the longest of the year you can take a short hike on one of the
trails leaving from our property and enjoy other activities the
remainder of the day. Or you can pack a picnic lunch and spend the day
exploring the back country on one of the nearby Superior National Forest
trails. Whatever your hiking ability, we have a trail to suit your
One of the
greatest spring activities is that of bird migration. With the winter
birds leaving to fly to their northern summer homes, the summer birds
are returning to our area. Early morning bird watchers will hear a
variety of songs and calls and should spot a few new varieties to add to
your personal bird list. By early June we should hear the long awaited
call of the returning loon.
Canoeing & Kayaking
nothing like a calm quiet morning to canoe or kayak along the
shoreline. Watching the mist rising off the lake, hearing the slap of a
beaver tail, spotting an otter at play or rounding a corner to see a
mother cow and calf moose dining on the tender roots of the shoreline
weeds & Lily pads. Take a day trip up the granite river system or into
the surrounding BWCAW. Do a little spring fishing by canoe, but don’t
forget to wear your life preserver as our water temps can still be
spring camping can be rewarding, especially if you get here before the
bugs do. Days are long and the evenings are late. The star studded sky
may give way to the Northern lights for a brilliant display. The birds
will wake you early, and the loons may sing you to sleep. Whether it’s
in one of our campsites or if you’re renting a cabin and wish to take an
overnight trip we can help you arrange a great adventure.
it or not, occasionally we need a little help relaxing in the
Northwood's too! Here's the perfect way to relax your tightened muscles
after a day of winter activities. Jenny's profession began as an RN.
She continued her education to become a Certified Massage Therapist.
She's available by reservation for half hour-upper body massages or hour
long – full body massages.
Half hour – upper body massage $40.00
Hour long – full body massage $60.00