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 ...Continue Reading →
The dogs woke up at first light on day one of our trip. After spending hours last night gazing upon the heavens that seemed to reach from straight above all the way down to my feet due to the mirror like surface of the lake, I was not too happy that my dogs wanted to go outside. Using ...
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!
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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 ...Continue Reading →
Planning 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 ...Continue Reading →
The canoes we planned on selling this spring are all sold. Save this page for updates on future canoe sales: https://www.rockwoodbwca.com/outfitting/canoes/canoes-for-sale/Continue Reading →
It’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 ...Continue Reading →
Nice video of a family of 4 paddling across Ram Lake in the BWCAW, on the Eastern side of the wilderness near Grand Marais, MN.Continue Reading →
The 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 ...Continue Reading →
Today marks 90 years of operation for Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters! Originally Camp Rockwood, the land was purchased on July 16, 1926.Continue Reading →
Link to big version of photo. Several big events just happened at Rockwood, one week before our 90th anniversary. First, we completed half of the outfitter’s new roof! Yes, it’s still got a monster bow in it from 80 years of use, but it’s on good and tight. Second, we made our first of 79 payments on our commercial loan! I know, that’s not ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
A nice video of a Moose and her calf on the gunflint Trail – https://youtu.be/UROcBpATobgContinue Reading →
We’ve had several sightings of moose twins at Rockwood, and now we have photographic evidence – thanks to our Guests!Continue Reading →
Today 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 ...Continue Reading →
We are getting the new graphics printed and painted and on t-shirts. Check out some pictures!
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Lots 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 ...Continue Reading →
Ice on Poplar Lake, Gunflint Trail, Minnesota April 25 – lots of rain and sleet today. The wind is pushing the ice around. We figure less than 10 more days for this ice!
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.
A nice blog post about a solo trip in 2011 through Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters:Continue Reading →
A nice snowfall at Rockwood Lodge on March 16, 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.
Please take time to read this excellent story by our friend James Michael from his upcoming book “From a Rustic Cabin”.
Posted with limited permission by the author; use is limited to this website and not passed onto any other publisher without written permission.Continue Reading →
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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Today 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 ...Continue Reading →
On January 9, 2016 the Gunflint Mailrun Dogsled competition ran by Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters.
As 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.Continue Reading →
Gunflint Trail a day after a nice snowfall. It’s hard to describe how beautiful this drive is. North of Grand Marais, Minnesota on County 12.
Lots of snow coming down 10:30am on Wednesday December 16, 2015 at Rockwood Lodge.
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.
Carol gave us some of her favorite photos from 2014!Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
Beautiful snowfall last night, less than an inch of fluffy white. Behind Cabin 7 is a small stand of Poplar.Continue Reading →
Listen to the sound the ice makes when the rock hits it.
Gorgeous Day on Poplar Lake
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I turned on the webcam for a few seconds to get the snowfall on Poplar lake!
We 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 ...Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
We want you to meet our two dogs – VERY friendly hosts – Fresca and Jack! If you don’t see it below, click ‘continue reading’ to see their video:
We 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 ...Continue Reading →