Gunflint Ranger District

Area Status: Open
Gunflint Ranger Station

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

Operational Hours: Office hours and information 
Closest Towns: Grand Marais
Information Center: Phone: 218-387-1750
Address: 2020 W. Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604

General Information


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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Gunflint Ranger District

Ice Fishing

Areas for Ice Fishing at Gunflint Ranger District

Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at Gunflint Ranger District

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at Gunflint Ranger District

Viewing Wildlife

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Gunflint Ranger District

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Gunflint Ranger District

Visitor Programs

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.

Visitor Centers

While the Gunflint Ranger District office is not a Visitor Center, there are some interpretive displays and staff is on hand to supply information, issue BWCAW permits, and otherwise answer visitor questions.


Areas for Picnicking at Gunflint Ranger District


Areas for Rockhounding at Gunflint Ranger District

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving 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

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

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


Click on the area below for a general map of snowmobile trails on the Gunflint.

Areas for Snowmobiling at Gunflint Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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