Canoeing is a sport that can be intimidating. There are rules about boats, PFD’s, and a lot of flak from experts on how to hold your paddle correctly. But once you know what you’re doing, padding through the BWCAW can be one of the most memorable and influential experiences of your life. To get you started, or “Wet Your Paddle”, Gunflint Trail Outfitters have banded together to offer newbies a chance to try an hour of paddling for free. AND they’ll even give you one of those experts I talked about earlier to teach you how to do it! This program, called Wet Your Paddle, is an incredible deal and a great way to spend a few hours on your annual family vacation learning something new, together! To prepare you for your first Wet Your Paddle adventure, here is some more information on canoeing, the BWCAW, and how to strut your stuff in the backcountry.
For generations, we have been a welcoming destination for friends near and far looking to get away. That will never change. Our community has followed COVID-19 regulations for over a year, and as these are eased or lifted we are so excited for your upcoming visit.
Picture yourself here ... literally!
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Tell Us A Story - Surviving social distancing through storytelling and imagery
During this time of social distancing and isolation, let's join together to share stories of your favorite times in Cook County. Tell us a story about the time you encountered a moose on the Gunflint Trail, or when you taught your kid how to skip rocks in the Grand Marais harbor. Tell us about that time you learned to ski at Lutsen Mountains or about how all of your senses were heightened the first time you felt the raw power of nature crash down High Falls in Grand Portage.
Winter is a season we celebrate by getting outside here in Cook County. From skiing and snowshoeing, to snowmobiling and ice fishing, there are so many wonderful reasons to get outdoors and embrace this magical time of year.
Guest submission - Portaging & Paddling: Canoeing to Ham Lake on the Gunflint Trail by Wander The Map
In honor of this wonderful season, we’ve compiled a list of 19 awesome springtime adventures you won’t want to miss.
In Northern Minnesota, it is most common that soon after the lakes freeze a significant snow storm arrives. This winter, on many of our lakes that was the case. They froze and the snow came. However, this year on iconic Gunflint Lake conditions were different.
Happy anniversary to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (commonly known as the BWCAW/BWCA)! On October 21, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act into law, amending the national Wilderness Act of 1964.
While the 1964 National Wilderness Act included the BWCAW in the National Wilderness Preservation System, the new Act signed in 1978, set the course leading to the wilderness as it is known today. Each year, over 150,000 visitors travel from around the globe to explore the pristine waters that are home to moose, wolves, bears and more.