Summer activity at the Gunflint Pines Resort & Campground
Summer is full of possibilities! Learn how much you can do in a day
without the wonders of TV or video games. By day explore the back
country by boat, canoe, kayak or hiking. Spend the day fishing alone or
with a guide for Walleye, Lake Trout, Small Mouth Bass or Northern.
Take time to look at the plants and wildflowers growing along the
hiking paths. Hike up to the High Cliffs and take a nap on the warm
rock outcrop. Return for an early evening drive to look for wildlife.
In the evening sit around a fire make s’mores, gaze at the stars in the
sky and even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Sit down and play
cards or a board game with your family. It’s not about fitting
everything into the time you have here, it’s about enjoying what you do
experience. Relax . . . that’s what vacation’s are for. Besides . . .
you can always come back.
Lake Trout, Small Mouth Bass, and Northern! For those who love to fish
but have never fished our waters or for those who don’t want to bother
with trying to fish while driving the boat and untangling fishing lines
we offer guided fishing trips. Local area guides will take you to the
best fishing spots for the time of year, wind and weather conditions.
To fish in Canada you will need to obtain a
Remote Area Border Crossing
Permit (RABC) from Immigration Canada, along with a Canadian Fishing
license (available next door). Guides will take up to 3 people in their
boat, and usually fish from 8am – 4 or 5pm.
Boating, Canoeing &
Explore the bays at
the end of the lake or take a day trip up the granite river system or
into the surrounding BWCA. Take an early morning paddle along the
shoreline, watch the mist rising off the lake, hear the slap of a beaver
tail. Watch for an otter at play or round a point to find a mother cow
and calf moose dining on the tender roots of the shoreline weeds & Lily
pads. Once you’ve tried it nothing will compare.
little fishing by boat or pontoon. Gunflint Lake lies on the border of
Minnesota and Canada. There are no motor restrictions on Gunflint,
Magnetic, Little Gunflint, Little North or North Lakes though motors
larger than a 25hp may be restricted to Gunflint and Magnetic by water
levels. No matter where you wish to explore we can help you plan your
trip. Guests may choose to bring their own boats & motors or rent one of
ours. We offer a pontoon and fishing boats, canoes and kayaks for
rent. Find more information on our Marina page.
Lake is large and crystal clear! Swimming is usually in full swing by
July 4th, though a hot June will get us all in early.
Shallow bays at the ends of the lake offer warmer temperatures earlier
and a great option for a boating/swimming excursion. For families with
young toddlers we often suggest a nearby lake beach that offers an
extremely shallow sandy bottom bay for an afternoon picnic lunch and
swimming. We have a sandy beach area at the waterfront for sunning,
playing in the sand or having a picnic lunch.
A variety of
hiking experiences can be found nearby. Whether it’s a short hike to
Look-out point or Lonely Lake or the slightly more challenging hike to
the High Cliffs 400+ feet above Gunflint’s lake level, we have a hike to
suit all groups. Follow the Border Route trail through the BWCA. Hike
one of the nearby Superior National Forest hiking trails to Magnetic
Rock or the Kekakabic Hiking trail to the Paulson Mine. Spend the day
hiking the Caribou Rock Trail or Bridal Falls or take a brisk hike to
Honeymoon Bluff for the evening sunset. It’s great scenery and great
Summer is when the foliage and wildflowers really come to life! There
are many beautiful wildflowers to see from the Forget-Me-Nots, Twin
Flowers, Moccasin Flowers, Wild Columbine to the Swamp Buttercup, Orange
Hawkweed, Lupines and even the rarely spotted Showy Lady slipper. And
the list goes on! Just come and look around. We have wildflower books
in the lodge so you can look up what you’ve seen.
Camping & overnight
Whether you’re camped in one of our campsites or are staying in one of
our cabins you may wish to take an overnight trip into the BWCA. We can
help you with basic information, permits, maps and basic gear. Plan
ahead or throw together an impromptu trip. We’ll do what we can to help
make you’re experience memorable.
Riding Stable offers trail rides from early May to late October. Tour
the south Gunflint Lake hillside through the Superior National Forest to
a scenic vista and back. Trail guides lead groups of up to 10. Riders
must be at least 7 years of age. An adult must accompany any child
between 7 & 12, (riders do not double up). Scheduled rides include 1
hour, 2 hour, breakfast or dinner rides and vary in price from $45.00
strawberries are usually the first to make their appearance. Found
close to the ground usually along forest service roads, the tiny berries
are usually hidden by the plant leaves, but worth the search. They can
fruit anytime in July but usually wait until later in the month.
Blueberries usually come next. Typically from last week of July and
ripen for 2 – 3 weeks. The are usually in several clusters of 3-7
berries on low ground bushes. The berries start off green, turning
reddish before ripening into their blue-purple final color. Their
bushes can most often be found on slightly shaded rocky surfaces where
reindeer moss and lichens grow. Don’t pick Bluebeads by mistake! They
appear very blue in color and have a single long stem coming from 2
broad leaves and a bunch of 5-7 beads.
raspberries can be tricky, but most often have the longest season
beginning in early – mid August and lasting into September. They are
most easily found along power lines or in areas that were previously
logged off and beginning to grow back.
which berry you favor, any of these wild edibles are packed full of
flavor! They’re great over a dish of vanilla ice cream, made into a
malt, cooked in your pancakes for breakfast or made into a pie or
Believe 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.