Explore winter at the Gunflint Pines

Winter is a special time in the Woods.  Remember snowball fights, cold cheeks and steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows?  When’s the last time you spent some quality winter time with your children, built a snow fort, or even made a snow angel.   I’d bet your bottom hasn’t seen the top of an old fashioned toboggan in years. If you don’t enjoy winter, it’s no one’s fault but your own.  Too often you’re too busy dashing from your house to your car, to your office or mall without proper winter attire!  So don you winter clothing and give it a whirl!  Winter in the Northwoods has many offerings that simply can’t be found in the sunny climates.  Give it a try, enjoy winter once again!

Cross Country Ski Rentals & Trail Passes

The Gunflint Nordic Ski area offers some of the best cross country skiing in the entire Midwest. You’ll have access to over 70km of groomed and trackset trails from our front door. Trails meander through the various landscapes of the highlands covered with stands of old growth white pine, spruce, aspen, and balsam fir. Winter weather comes off the Canadian Shield giving the area the longest, most dependable ski season in the Midwest.

We offer a lit ski trail here on the property.  Lit each evening from 4:30 pm – 9pm it gives you a chance to stretch your legs after dinner or just get out in the evening to check out the stars or Northern Lights.  This trail is also a great for those that wish to learn to cross country ski offering a short trail with mild rolling hills.

Skiing usually starts by mid./late December and goes mid/late Marchl. Average snowfall averages 70  inches per season.  If you manage to ski all of the upper trail system, we’ll send you down to the Lower Gunflint trail system, where you can try you legs out on another 100km.   Don?t forget to purchase your Upper Gunflint Nordic trail passes!

Rental Equipment and Trail passes are available on site.

Check out the Ski Trail conditions  Click here

Check out the Snow report  Click Here

Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Rental

The trails in Northern Minnesota are some of the most unique in the entire Midwest. Curving and dipping through the northern wilderness, passing through open expanses and tall timbered forests, across lakes and to scenic vistas.  Bring your own sled or rent one from us.

Rentals –
Due to increased insurance costs we are no longer renting snowmobiles.  Rental sleds are available at the following places:

  • Gunflint Lodge:  218-388-2294
  • Hungry Jack Lodge:  218-388- 2265
  • Steve’s Sports in Grand Marais:  218-387-1835
  • Beaver Bay Sports in Beaver Bay on the North Shore:  218-226-4666

Ice Fishing

A mere 100yds from your doorstep, Gunflint lake offers some of the best Lake Trout ice fishing in the area. Neighboring lakes also offer Walleye, Splake & Rainbow Trout. Bob can give you some helpful advice about special spots to try. Minnesota licenses are available here. (Ask about possible guided ice fishing adventures.)


Once a means of travel in the Northwood’s – now dogsledding is a growing recreational sport.  Cook County is home to many mushers.  We can help arrange a day of doglsedding at your request.   Gunflint lodge next door is offering rides.  Weight and sled restrictions limit the rides to 1 adult or 1 adult and one small child totaling 250 – 300 lbs. They can be booked directly by calling Gunflint Lodge at 218-328-3325


Walk along the shoreline to spot the deer or hike up to one of our nearby scenic vistas. Whether you are breaking trail across the windswept lake or following the path of another before you, snowshoeing is a great way for the entire family to experience the outdoors together.

  • Rentals $15 per day
  • Complimentary use for Gunflint Pines Cabin Guests


We’ve got some great sliding for the kids or the whole family right outside our door. Try it for a few minutes or make an afternoon activity out of it. No matter how long you stay out we’ll always have hot chocolate and a toasty fire to greet you in the lodge. We provide the sleds and the hot chocolate!