Northern Minnesota’s Northwoods region encompasses 1 million acres of wilderness, including more than 1,000 clear-water lakes. During an outfitted canoe trip hosted by Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters, you’ll explore this natural landscape and view its abundant wildlife while camping in its forests. Guests can choose a four-, six-, or seven-night trip, and each option includes at least one night of private bunk lodging.
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, coffeepot, plates, and utensils
Nearly 50 different canoe routes wend through the wilderness, and the staff 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 canoeists can head to Gaskin Lake via a series of waterways linked by small rapids. The campsites here are rustic and remote, and you might hear a pack of timber wolves howling nearby.
Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters
Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters sits on its namesake trail, a 60-mile paved road that runs past glacier lakes and pine forests. Guests will spend one, two, or three nights in a private bunkhouse room here, depending on the length of their canoe trip, and 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.
What You Get
Royalex canoe trip with private bunk lodging. Options include four-, six-, and seven-night packages for adults and children aged 4–12. Click here to see all options.
Note: All options priced per person and valid toward a group package (at least two Groupons required; minimum two adults per trip).
Included in all options:
Canoes, paddles, life vests, tents, packs, food, and cooking equipment
Maps and route planning
Car parking and post-trip shower
Included in all options:
First two nights' and last night's lodging in private bunkhouse room
Canoe use and guided naturalist activities for one day before the canoe trip
2+ hour Towering Pines canopy tour (must be at least 10 years old)
Promotional value expires May 19, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 5/19/13 or promotional value expires
Must complete travel by 10/20/13
Limit 9 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts
Limit 9 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must sign waiver
Must be 21 or older to check in
Credit card required at booking
Permit fee ($6 plus $16 per adult and $8 per child) not included
Permits are not transferrable or refundable
Minimum two adults required per trip
7.875% tax not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Two or three twin bunk beds
Standard occupancy: 4
Maximum occupancy: 4–9, depending on room
Adding occupants above standard: subject to availability, no additional charge
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $10 per night.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: not available
By plane: 160 miles from Duluth International Airport (DLH)
By car: about 150 miles northeast of Duluth
By shuttle: during the canoe trip, the package includes all transportation to and from the appropriate landings
To camp in the boundary waters you will need a date- and entry-specific permit. Contact Gunflint to help arrange permits; this is only available to groups of 9 or less and must be arranged prior to arrival.