Dogsleds were the original snowmobiles, transporting people across the snow-frosted forests and ice-kissed lakes of the north. Mix irresistible dogs with beautiful snow, and you’ve got the recipe for a winter adventure you won’t forget.
Cook County is host to a few dogsled races throughout the year. Check out the 2017 dates!
- Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race | January 7-8, 2017
- A spectator-friendly event starting and finishing at Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail. There will be two classes: a 12-dog, 110 mile race and an 8-dog, 70 mile race. View a map of the race trail here.
- John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon | January 29, 2017
- Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. The event extends from Two Harbors to Grand Portage and back again through the rugged Sawtooth mountains.
Watching is fun, but doing is even better!
In Cook County there are several dog mushing companies that will take you out on the adventure of a lifetime. You can opt for a 2-hour, half-day or all-day trip — and maybe even learn to drive your own team.
Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters – Lakeside fireplace cabins, tasty meals and beverages, guided naturalist activities, riding stable and Towering Pines Canopy Tour. Open year around, many cabins with hot tub, private sauna, and washer/dryer, boats and motors, fishing guides, complimentary canoes, kayaks, and standup paddle boards, and onsite hiking trails. Winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. Full meal service and bar from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sometimes, the best way to reconnect is to disconnect. How is it that when you set out to leave the world behind, the world is exactly what you discover? Lakes, trees, trails, a canoe in the water, and an outfitter to set you up. All right here by your Bearskin Lodge cabin on Minnesota’s famed Gunflint Trail. Nestled in the pristine woods of northeastern Minnesota between Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe area (BWCA wilderness). As far as you can get from the rest of the world.
Points Unknown offers unique, off-grid dog sledding experiences that are educational in nature. Our dogs are highly trained and socialized and are members of our family.