Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail124 E. Bearskin Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Highway 61 north from Duluth to Grand Marais. In Grand Marais turn left on County Road 12, the Gunflint Trail. Continue 26 miles on the Gunflint Trail. Watch for the Bearskin Lodge sign on the right hand side of the road.Get Directions
Bearskin Lodge, a Gunflint Trail landmark since 1925. Open year round, Bearskin Lodge features a premier Northwoods cabin experience, 70km of cross country skiing or hiking right from your door, and a pristine wilderness setting with abundant wildlife all around. The perfect place for a family to share quality time together enjoying the outdoors.
All accommodations nestled lakeside with fireplaces or woodstoves, full kitchens and private docks. Bearskin Lodge is located on the renowned Gunflint Trail, 26 miles from the Lake Superior town of Grand Marais. Bearskin is the only resort on quiet four mile long East Bearskin Lake. Walleye, lake trout, northern, and smallmouth bass occupy the lake. The main lodge houses a gift shop, large stone fireplace, and sauna. Enjoy the private hot tub hut, scenic hiking trails, biking, fishing, canoeing along with summer nature and children's programs. Bearskin has a sand beach with a swimming area, and canoe and boat rentals are available. Winter brings 70+ km of groomed cross country ski trails (1.5 km of the trial is lighted) all starting from your cabin door. As quoted by Men's Journal, "Bearskin is a first class secluded, wilderness getaway for friends or couples". Enjoy true northwoods atmosphere in a comfortable wilderness setting. Visit our web site for rates, cabin views and more information. Email: [email protected]
Mushers Erin Altemus and Matt Schmidt will be returning to Bearskin this winter to offer a limited schedule of dog sled trips on site at Bearskin. As many of you know, our long-time musher Erik Simula retired. (Guests often ask — Erik is doing great and is now director of a local historical society). Erik was a hard act to follow, but last year we found the team of Erin Altemus and Matt Schmidt, who offer an equally outstanding dog sled experience for Bearskin guests.
Enjoy fine dining at Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail on Saturday nights during the winter ski season, featuring Chef Derek Hofleldt from Loon Lake. Not here on a winter weekend? Stop in anytime on a winter's day for soup, chili, wine, beer, or espresso.
During the other seasons, Bearskin features "Take & Bake" pizzas, home-baked pies to bring to your cabin. A wide array of wine, beer, and espresso drinks are available to enjoy in the Main Lodge area.
Hours & Dates
- Monday: 7:30am
- Tuesday: 7:30am
- Wednesday: 7:30am
- Thursday: 7:30am
- Friday: 7:30am
- Saturday: 7:30am
- Sunday: 7:30am
- Daily indoor maximum: $464.00
- Daily indoor minimum: $149.00
- Weekly indoor maximum: $2734.00
- Weekly indoor minimum: $898.00
Lodging rates are based on 2 to 4 guests, add on rate for additional persons. Special rates for winter. Value season in late fall and early spring with exceptionally low rates.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
- Open in summer
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Children's programs (scheduled, supervised)
- High-speed Internet available
- Laundry facilities
- Located on a lake or river
- Whirlpool (centrally located)
- Bike trail
- Canoes or kayaks available
- Cross-country ski rental
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Dock space/slips/mooring buoys
- Fishing boat motors available
- Fishing boats available
- Fishing guides available
- Hiking trail
- Lake/river access (boat ramp)
- Outfitting for overnight canoe trips
- Pontoon boat(s) available
- Snowshoes available
- Swimming beach
Indoor Lodging Amenities
- Accessible to disabled
- Discount packages mid-week
- Fireplace in room(s)
- Secluded individual cabin(s) or unit(s)
- Spa services on site
- Housekeeping (self catering)
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Number of cabins: 11
- Number of cabins available in winter: 10
- Number of rooms in lodge building: 4
- Total indoor lodging units available in winter: 14
- Total number of indoor lodging units: 15
Length of Stay
- Daily rental available
- Split weeks available
- Weekend rental available
- Weekly rental available
Meetings & Conferences
- Banquet facilities maximum capacity: 20
- Catering available
- Meeting/convention facilities maximum capacity: 20
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 117 reviews
This was our 4th consecutive year visiting Bearskin. We are a family of 2 adults and 4 children (ages 7-15) and we look forward to our "embrace winter" vacation every year. We like staying in the...
— nls863, February 26, 2022
Four friends and I stayed in cabin 3 during the last week in January for a snowshoeing/XC ski trip. We couldn't have been happier. Snowshoe and ski trails are kept separate, and both types are...
— Dee D, January 29, 2022
Our 12th year at Bearskin and first time in Cabin 7, which is closer to the beach. We really liked having two bathrooms, a front door and back door in the cabin.
2020 has been pretty crazy, but...
— Lori B, July 24, 2020
We have been to Bearskin many times over the last 10 or so years. The owners and staff always go above and beyond to make customers happy! If the owners think there may be an issue they are...
— christinabC7445PP, January 26, 2020
We used Bearskin as our BWCA outfitters and were so pleased. Coming from out of state, we needed a canoe and food. They also secured our permits and planned our route. You start your trip with a...
— 297MackenzieM, July 26, 2019