Welcome to the Gunflint Ranger District! This area is the most Northeastern portion of the Forest, stretching from near Lake Superior all the way to the Canandian Border. The district office is located right in the town of Grand Marais. Follow the Gunflint trail which is a designated National Scenic Byway to one of the many opportunities this district offers.
At a Glance
May 1 - September 30
8:00 am - 4:30 pm, 7 days a week including holidays October 1 - April 30
8:00 am - 4:30 pm, closed weekends and holidays
Phone: 218-387-1750 Address: 2020 W. Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
The Gunflint Ranger District Office is located on MN Hwy 61, just southwest of Grand Marais. It is approximately 110 miles, or two and a quarter hours, from Duluth.
Naturalist programs are offered at a variety of resorts and campgrounds along the North Shore through the Resort Naturalist Program. This program is cooperatively funded by the USDA Forest Service and Visit Cook County. All naturalist programs are free of charge and open to everyone. Activities including hikes and campfires are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday every week during the summer.
For a complete schedule of programs and locations, click here.
An additional programs titled Becoming a Boundary Waters Family is presented at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center each week on Tuesday at 2 pm. The topic of this program changes weekly. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is operated in cooperation with the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and the USDA Forest Service.
There are many locations for cross country skiing on the Gunflint Ranger District. As for snowshoeing, almost anywhere there is snow is good for snowshoes! Be aware though that there are some areas that are off limits for snowshoers such as many of the ski trails and snowmobile trails.
Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Gunflint Ranger District
Dog sledding and skijoring (cross country skiing behind a dog) are both popular in the north country. The Gunflint Ranger District hosts the northern turn around point of the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
Areas for Mushing/Skijoring at Gunflint Ranger District