Northwoods Canoe Trip with Lodging
Northern Minnesota’s Northwoods region encompasses 1 million acres of wilderness, including more than 1,000 clear-water lakes. During this outfitted canoe trip hosted by Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters, you’ll explore the Northwoods landscape and view abundant wildlife while camping in the forest. You can choose a four-, six-, or seven-night trip; each option includes at least one night of private bunk lodging at Gunflint Lodge.
Each canoe package includes:
- Royalex canoes with portaging yokes, paddles, and life vests
- Eureka tents, full-zipper sleeping bags, and packs
- Meals, snacks, and beverages, which are selected by passengers before the trip
- Cooking equipment including a frying pan, a coffeepot, plates, and utensils
- Assorted toiletries
- Maps and permit reservations with the US Forest Service
Nearly 50 canoe routes wind through the wilderness. Staff members can help you plan an itinerary based on your skill level and the duration of your trip. One of the most beginner-friendly routes goes through Caribou Lake, where you can fish for bass and walleye or watch for moose in the surrounding woodlands. Seasoned boaters can head to Banadad Lake via a series of waterways linked by small rapids. The campsites here are rustic and remote—you might even hear a pack of timber wolves howling nearby.
Gunflint Lodge sits along a 60-mile paved road that runs past glacier lakes and pine forests. You’ll spend one, two, or three nights in a private bunkhouse room here, depending on the length of your canoe trip. Each room has access to a shared central shower house. Some packages include add-ons such as a two-hour canopy tour, guided naturalist activities, and a breakfast in the lodge dining room (check the What You Get section for a detailed breakdown of what each package includes). For all other meals, head to one of the lodge’s onsite restaurants for local specialties.