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About the Gunflint Trail

The Gunflint Trail is a nationally designated scenic byway, also known as Cook County Road Twelve. It starts in Grand Marais and runs fifty-seven miles northwest to Trail’s End Campground near Saganaga Lake on the border with Canada. The trail, which cuts through parts of the Superior National Forest and  skirts the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, is a popular destination for fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation

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Photo Credit: Rockwood Lodge & Outfitters 

Humble Beginnings

The Gunflint Trail has always hosted a collection of independent businesses. When the road was first being built from Grand Marais to Saganaga Lake in the early 20th century, it took a strong, self-sufficient personality to successfully start and operate a business on one of the remote lakes along the 57-mile Gunflint Trail. Sure, the fishing was wonderful, but many of the amenities of life were missing in those early years. For some early Gunflint Trail resort owners, telephones, electricity, indoor plumbing, plowed roads, and fire protection did not follow them up the Trail until decades after they’d started their business.

The Gunflint Trail is a destination of a different nature, where moose, loons, warblers, Goshawks, and Boreal Owls out-number the human population. The north woods and boundary water lakes are full of exciting things to do spring, summer, fall, and winter (and remember, we get a LOT of snow here!).  We look forward to seeing you soon on the Gunflint Trail.

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