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Photo Shawn James






It is four a.m. and I lie awake, mesmerized by a spectacular display of the aurora borealis dancing just above the horizon to the north of my fly-less tent. A billion twinkling stars slowly fade as the eastern sky erupts in the subtle colors of a wilderness sunrise. The haunting cry of a loon ...

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Fall 2017

The leaves are beginning to change. I drove to McFarland Lake on the Arrowhead Trail on Tuesday (Sept 12), and I noticed many individual trees already with color. The road that I took, Shoe Lake Road, is a narrow forest road that goes north of Greenwood lake but just South of the BWCA. It’s barely a lane wide so when I met 4 gravel ...

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Summer is in full swing

We’ve had a lot of moose sightings and walleyes caught already in 2017, with about 10 weeks of the season left to go. The moose have been seen on the Gunflint Trail, near the bunkhouse at Rockwood Lodge, and in the Boundary Waters around Horseshoe Lake. Walleye have been caught in Poplar Lake, with a new secret spot that only our guests know about. Caribou ...

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Spring is here and Rockwood is ready for it…yet we are excited to have a bunch of projects coming to completion and will be welcoming guests as early as next week!  We’ve remodeled the gift shop in the lodge and are putting the finishing touches on a ‘new to us’ cabin, Cabin 12… The former owner’s lakeside house !  We can’t wait to show it off …  we think you’ll really like it!

This ...

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It’s really feeling like spring. The lake is still 20″ thick with ice, but there is water forming on the top. It won’t be long now and we’ll be talking about ice-out. The projects on the resort are coming along nicely, we want to have Cabin 12 ready for large groups this summer. It’s a beauty, can hold up to 10 people, and has an awesome view towards Voyageur’s Point. The canoes are still ...

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Permit Reservations 2017

rockwood-lodge-outfitters-logoPlanning your trip for next year? January 25th (at 9am) is the go-live date for reserving the perfect entry point for the perfect day! –

Reservations for all entry points may be made on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January 25, 2017, 9 a.m. Central Time. Reservations are for dates from May 1 to September 30, 2017.

If you want we can make the reservations for you, but we NEED to know before hand so ...

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Late September

rockwood-late-septemberIt’s late September and we are beginning to wrap things up for the season. We’ll close for a month on September 30th, and open again in late October with our first winter cabin! We are excited to have a winter cabin, it’s a large house right on the lake that used to be the owner’s house. Initially it will sleep 8-10 people, but we plan on adding bedrooms to increase that. The first ...

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Outfitter’s roof is DONE

outfitters-new-roof_2016_08-08The roof on the outfitters is DONE! (view large image here) We have a hundred excuses why it took us 34 days to complete it…from completely removing the old porch, removing both layers of shingles, replacing rotting sheathing, custom building new corbels, mortise and tenon joints for the porch lintel, to a new custom sign bracket at the top. However, we are glad it’s ...

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Busy few months

IMG_1574Nearly Summer!

We’ve had a busy few months here at Rockwood. Our first outfitting trips seem like yesterday even though they were over 7 weeks ago! The bunkhouse and cabins have been full several times, and the bookings are looking very strong. In addition we have every one of our Tandem canoes rented out the last week of July, even the new ...

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Trail clearing, building prep

bridge-1Today was filled with a lot of activities at Rockwood. We had two awesome guests in Cabin 2 all week, celebrating their honeymoon at Rockwood Lodge! They reported seeing a cub bear, moose, and many different animals on their hiking trips. They especially liked getting up and personal with a Loon on Poplar Lake while they were canoeing. I saw two fox ...

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Ice on Poplar Lake, April 28th

rwl_blog_2016_04-28Lots of movement on the ice today, Poplar Lake. It opened a large area next to the island in our bay and the stream between the shore and the island is completely open. There’s still a large sheet in the middle of the bay. Small stacks of snow where I piled it with the snow plow, and some in around trees in the deep ...

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Spring rains melt the snow

Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters on the Gunflint Trail still has some snow, but the rain is melting it fast. The lake has a glassy look and the trail is clear.

Ice and Snow on March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016 – after some rain and sunny days, there is still ice and snow on Poplar Lake near Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters. Turn up the volume and listen to the melting ice and the birds. Enjoy this video at full screen, turn up the sound, and make sure you have selected “HD” for a crisp video.

Cabin Availability

Availability Calendar

Our website has a new page where you can see Cabin availability – by month! It works out really well when you have a certain time frame for your vacation and want to see what is available:


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Entry Permits

PermitsToday was an exciting day, we helped a bunch of our customers book their Entry Permits into the BWCAW. It’s great thinking about the summer when it’s 20 degrees outside. I just checked and all three of our Entry Points on Poplar Lake (Lizz/Swamp 47, Meeds 48, Skipper 49) are wide open, with just a couple of days in June and July ...

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Thank you Mike and Lin

mike-and-linAs Mike and Lin start the next chapter of their lives I want to take this time to say thank you to both of them for taking such good care of us during this transition. It would be hard to find two nicer people and if you had a chance to meet them you know what I’m talking about.

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Poplar Lake Breathing

Poplar lake is mostly ice covered but the edge has a couple of inches of water, and when the ice moves up and down it seems like the lake is breathing.



Carl and Lin

Previous owner Lin Sherfy and new owner Carl Madsen standing next to Poplar lake Previous owner Lin Sherfy and new owner Carl Madsen standing next to Poplar lake

We were going through some old stuff in storage and stopped to take a photo. The trees are heavy with snow, and everything looks like a Christmas Card.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

turkeyWe are celebrating Thanksgiving with Mike and Lin, they are still at their house through the end of the month. The weather has been great, it was 30 degrees today and most of the 3/4 inch of snow has melted. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful, but the days have been overcast. Mike helped me pick out a chainsaw today, there’s ...

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Winter cabin

We are staying in the ‘apartment / lakeside suite’, so the traditional winter cabin at Rockwood is currently unavailable; all the rest of our cabins are May through October only. However, we do plan on having another, much larger cabin available either in December or January! Please call, email or leave a message below if you want more details.

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Rockwood purchased

Carl Stephanie and FrescaWe purchased Rockwood Lodge from Mike and Lin in November of 2015. My first trip to Rockwood was in 1989, and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since. For the last 13 years we’ve been coming up to help Mike get the cabins ready in the spring, and help with the outfitters when needed. My name is Carl, and my ...

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