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Route 7a Morgan to Poplar

www.paddleplanner.com Canoe Route Morgan to Poplar This trip starts at Morgan Lake to Jake, Vista, continuing through Horseshoe, Caribou, Lizz and back to our dock at Poplar Lake. Seven portages,...

Canoecopia

We had a great show in Madison this last weekend March 8-10. Thousands of people attended CanoeCopia hosted by Rutabaga, with various canoe vendors and presentations throughout the weekend. We want to...

Bridal Veil Falls

Blog post by Kari, Summer 2018 We took a boat down Gunflint Lake a few years ago, landed on a beach near the west end of the lake and took the short hike to Bridal...

Fall Colors

Come on up the shore and see the fall colors. Most of the Gunflint Trail is yellows, but some of the back roads around Grand Marais and Lutsen are full of Maples and will...

What our customers are saying…

June 2019, 5 stars on Google: The Rockwood lodge on Poplar lake was beautiful and perfect for our brief stay. The staff was warm, welcoming and accommodating. They were able to knowledgeably answer our...

5 Star Google review

This was my second visit to Rockwood Outfitters and it was even better than the last visit! They give you plenty of equipment to ensure a great camping experience, they are super nice and...

Hoodie T-shirt flower purple

Lightweight hoodie / t-shirt 78poly/22 cotton blend with flower moose and paddles on the back and Rockwood/Gunflint Trail logo on the front. Sizes run small, so order the next size or two up. SHOP

Hat embroidered green

Green baseball cap Made in USA 100% Cotton, Rockwood Logo embroidered on a Classic cut chino twill cap, 6 panel unstructured soft crown with adjustable velcro strap. SHOP

Hat embroidered white

White baseball cap Made in USA 100% Cotton, Rockwood Logo embroidered on a Classic cut chino twill cap, 6 panel unstructured soft crown with adjustable velcro strap. SHOP

Hat embroidered navy

Navy baseball cap Made in USA 100% Cotton, Rockwood Logo embroidered on a Classic cut chino twill cap, 6 panel unstructured soft crown with adjustable velcro strap. SHOP

Hoodie pullover navy

Navy pullover hoodie made from cotton in the USA. Embroidered moose and paddle logo on the front with the words "ROCKWOOD GUNFLINT TRAIL", with a large moose and paddle on the back. SHOP

Hoodie pullover green

Green pullover hoodie made from cotton in the USA. Embroidered moose and paddle logo on the front with the words "ROCKWOOD GUNFLINT TRAIL", with a large moose and paddle on the back. SHOP

Hoodie zip front red

Zip Front hoodie sweatshirt with pockets, Brick Red, 80% cotton, 20% polyester. Made in USA.

Hoodie pullover grey

Grey pullover hoodie made from cotton in the USA. Embroidered moose and paddle logo on the front with the words "ROCKWOOD GUNFLINT TRAIL", with a large moose and paddle on the back. SHOP

Ladyslipper on South Lake Trail

Did anyone lose their ladyslipper on South Lake Trail? Photo by guest Kurt Mobroten at Partridge Lake campsite.

Moose on Poplar

We've had several reports of moose on Poplar lake, seen glimpses ourselves, but now a guest has captured a couple of photos...thank you to Denise Kauth! Memorial day weekend, 2018.

It feels like SUMMER is here!

Currently the temperature is 50 degrees, but the sun is out and the fish are biting...it's gorgeous. We have all the canoes out of the cabins, and customers are showing up at all times...
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Ice Out?

A common question this time of year is "when is ice-out?". Short answer - we don't know! My best guess is sometime before the third week of May, I'm guessing May 15. Yes, that's...

Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters

Rockwood Lodge and Canoe Outfitters is a historic resort on Poplar Lake 31 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais with direct entry into the BWCAW. We feature eight pet-friendly lakeside cabins and...

Poplar Lake

 Poplar Lake (764 acres) in Cook County, Minnesota is outside of the Boundary Waters and can have any size boat and motor. Airplanes used to land on on the main body and taxi into...

Average Temperature and Precipitation

Average,May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Precipitation,2.52",3.62",3.11",2.72",2.99", 3.11" Average Temp, 47,54,61,63,55,44 Daily Low,38,44,52,54,47,36 Daily High, 56,64,71,72,64,52 Source: www.usclimatedata.com

Boundary Waters (BWCAW) Trip Planning Guide

Excellent trip planning guide for the BWCAW: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Trip Planning Guide created and shared by the USDA Forest Service. Excerpt from the guide: GREAT GLACIERS carved the physical features of what is...

Route 9 East Bearskin Loop

Start at East Bearskin, travel east on a circular trip to Alder, Canoe, Pine. Johnson waterfalls near Pine Lake. Returning through Little Caribou, Caribou, Deer, and Moon, ending at East Bearskin. Excellent bass, walleye...

Route 8 Bower Trout to Poplar

Start at Bower Trout, go through Marshall, Dugout, and Skidway, on to Swan and Vernon, continuing to Brule Lake; Through the Cones, Cliff, Wanihigan, Winchell, Omega, Henson, Pillsbery, Allen, Horseshoe, Caribou, and Lizz, returning...

Route 7 Ram to Poplar

www.paddleplanner.com This trip starts at Ram Lake to Kroft, Rum, Little Trout, Misquah, and Vista, continuing through Horseshoe, Caribou, Lizz and back to our dock at Poplar Lake. This remote...

Route 6 Bearskin to Gunflint

EP 60 to EP 58. Start at Bearskin Lake (Duncan Lake Entry Point is on Bearskin Lake, also called West Bearskin Lake, off of Hungry Jack Road between Hungry Jack Lodge and the YMCA...

Route 5 Cross Bay to Poplar

Three variations on this route: middle, North and South. Middle route: Start at Ham Lake, go through Cross Bay, Rib, George, Karl, Long Island, Muskeg, Kiskadinna, and Omega continuing to Henson, Pillsbery, Allen, Horseshoe, Caribou,...

Route 4 Poplar Brule Loop

www.paddleplanner.com Start at Poplar, Skipper, Rush, Banadad, Ross, Cave, Long Island, south to Gordon, Cherokee, Temperance Lakes, Brule, Cone Lakes, Cliff, Wanihigan, Winchell, Gaskin, Horseshoe, Caribou, Lizz and back to...

Route 3 Poplar Winchell Loop

www.paddleplanner.com Start at Poplar, through Lizz, Caribou, Horseshoe, Gaskin, Winchell, north to Omega, Henson, Pillsbery, Meeds, and back through Caribou, Lizz, returning to Poplar. Winchell has a small hidden waterfall...

Route 2 Poplar to Horseshoe

www.paddleplanner.com Start at Poplar, go through Lizz to Caribou, Horseshoe, Vista, and return. Super walleye and northern fishing. Beautiful country and short portages. Three to four days average. Easy. View...

Route 1 Skipper to Banadad

www.paddleplanner.com Start at Poplar, go to Skipper, Rush, Banadad, and return. Great walleye and northern pike fishing. Very scenic and remote. Two days average. Moderately difficult. View route on Paddle...

Save 10 percent on Cabins – promotion ended

Thank you for an outstanding 2017 season at Rockwood Lodge; we couldn’t have done it without our great guests. This promotion ended on December 31st, 2017. This year we replaced the main road sign, expanded our...

Fishing

Fishing and Rockwood Lodge often go hand-in-hand. When you stay at Rockwood we will always point you in the right direction to catch walleyes, lake trout, smallmouth, panfish and northern pike. We can connect...

Cabins

Our 7 cabins are cozy little areas for you to get away from everyone and be right on the lake; each has an outdoor charcoal grill, two have wood burning fireplaces, two have gas...

Relax and enjoy

Rockwood Lodge has a great environment for those who want to wind down, take things slow, enjoy the views. Are you writing a book or working on a painting? Need time away from the...

Day Trips

Day trips are a great way to get started or for those of us who are not interested in a tent; rent one of our cabins for a couple nights; each cabin comes with...

Outfitting

The Outfitting building shares the same area and is a complete outfitters for beginners to seasoned pros. High quality Kevlar, Royalex and Aluminum canoes, bent shaft paddles, high quality tents and sleeping bags are...

Canoes for sale!

Go to this page to see our canoes for sale...

Lodge

Rockwood is a unique and historic resort on the Gunflint Trail on the Eastern half of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Located on the 31st mile of the 57 mile long Gunflint Trail,...

A Childhood Dream Come True

One of our customers posted a very well written trip report to www.bwca.com - http://bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=trip.report_view&sel_trp_id=4934 A Childhood Dream Come True by mashpotatomezzo Trip Type: Paddling Canoe Entry Date: 07/20/2017 Entry & Exit Point: Lizz and Swamp Lakes (EP 47) Number of Days: 5 Group Size: 2 Trip Introduction: After...

Solo trip article

Photo Shawn James   https://www.rapidmedia.com/canoeroots/categories/skills/8168-why-your-next-canoe-trip-should-be-solo   CANOE TRIPPER SHAWN JAMES ON THE UNIQUE APPEAL OF SOLO CANOE ADVENTURES WRITTEN BY SHAWN JAMES It is four a.m. and I lie awake, mesmerized by a spectacular display of the aurora borealis dancing...

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...

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...

Reflection of the Northwoods by Laura Patrick

Sunrise 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...

Spring 2017

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...

Spring!

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...

Permit Reservations 2018

Planning your trip for next year? January 31st (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...

Three Rockwood Canoes for sale

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/

Booking for 2018

Booking is now available for 2018! Click on this link to see cabin availability. Click on the calendar to book a room or call us for more information at 888-898-2922. Prices will increase, on average,...

Late September

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...

Rainbow over Rockwood

One of our guests took this amazing shot of a rainbow over Rockwood Lodge (click here to see it large). Thank you Kevin!

Family of 4 on Ram Lake

https://youtu.be/TIiPAtDxxOs 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.

Cabin 4 opening this weekend for 7 days

Due to a late cancellation, Cabin 4 is now available from August 13th - 21st (Saturday to Sunday). This gorgeous cabin rents for $1200 for a week or $205 a night, minimum of 2...

Outfitter’s roof is DONE

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...

90 years today!

Today marks 90 years of operation for Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters! Originally Camp Rockwood, the land was purchased on July 16, 1926.

Big day at Rockwood

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...

Busy few months

Nearly 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,...

Moose and calf on Gunflint Trail

A nice video of a Moose and her calf on the gunflint Trail - https://youtu.be/UROcBpATobg

Moose Twins

We've had several sightings of moose twins at Rockwood, and now we have photographic evidence - thanks to our Guests! 

Fox and her Kits

Shirley Wilson was in Cabin 2 and took some amazing video of a fox and her kits!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc40RMfPQ2E&feature=youtu.be update: This video clip made it to Almanac, a Minnesota PBS television show, look for it at 21:34...

Trail clearing, building prep

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...

New graphics!

We are getting the new graphics printed and painted and on t-shirts. Check out some pictures!  

South Lake Trail April 30, 2016

I walked the South Lake Trail from Rockwood Lodge, passing by Birch to South Lake, which borders Canada, on April 30, 2016. Here is my report. The overall condition is fair to poor. Many stretches...

Ice on Poplar Lake, April 28th

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...
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Ice on Poplar Lake, Gunflint Trail, Minnesota April 25

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! https://youtu.be/abW6r_cczsM
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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. https://youtu.be/mo_IGfrUokI
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Haines solo trip 2011

A nice blog post about a solo trip in 2011 through Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters: http://www.photosbyhaines.com/2012/02/travel-davids-2011-bwca-solo/

Flyer

Here's a flyer you can download and print. Put a copy up at work, give one to your friends and family! Flyer
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Inside a Snow Globe March 16, 2016

A nice snowfall at Rockwood Lodge on March 16, 2016.
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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...

Excellent Story

Please take time to read this excellent story by our friend James Michael from his upcoming book "From a Rustic Cabin". Into_The_BWCA_3-6-2016_james_michael Posted with limited permission by the author; use is limited to this website and not passed onto...
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...

Entry Permits

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...

Webcam is up and running!

The Rockwood Webcam is up and running! Bookmark this page: www.rockwoodbwca.com/webcam and visit it often as the image is updated every 15 minutes.
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Gunflint Mailrun Dogsleds

On January 9, 2016 the Gunflint Mailrun Dogsled competition ran by Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters. http://www.gunflintmail.com/ Afternoon: morning:

Christmas Letter

Merry Christmas! Download the letter here...

Thank you Mike and Lin

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...

Jack December 21, 2015

Jack enjoying Rockwood.
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Gunflint Trail Snow December 18, 2015

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.
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Snowfall Rockwood Lodge December 16 2015

Lots of snow coming down 10:30am on Wednesday December 16, 2015 at Rockwood Lodge.
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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.

New guest photos

loon-2-Carol-Sebek-Kelley Carol gave us some of her favorite photos from 2014!

Snowy Thursday

The snow is really thick and is hanging on the trees.

Carl and Lin

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...

Guest images

Several guest images have been posted, please check them out!

Poplar with snow

Beautiful snowfall last night, less than an inch of fluffy white. Behind Cabin 7 is a small stand of Poplar.