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The Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest – Canceled 2021

July 16 - August 8

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The Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest

UPDATE: After conversations with Cook County’s public safety officer, Sheriff Pat Eliasen, Visit Cook County has canceled The Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest due to the state’s ongoing drought. The drought has led to a shortage of berries and overall food source for Minnesota black bears preparing for hibernation in addition to creating a very high fire danger. Participating resorts, outfitters and other weigh stations may continue to weigh blueberries, however, winners will be selected from any submissions made prior to July 20. For more information on the ongoing drought, go to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources drought monitor page: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/journal/drought_monitor.html.

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Blueberries will be measured by weight, and must be picked fresh and not store bought. CASH prizes awarded to the 3 biggest berries. $100 to the first place winner, $50 to the second place winner, and $25 to the third place winner.

2020 Winners & Weights:

1st Place: Bonnie | .9 grams weighed at Gunflint Pines Resort
2nd Place: 3 Way Tie; Linda, Jane, and Julia | .86 grams weighed at Chik-Wauk & Voyageur Canoe Outfitters
3rd Place: Brent | .8 grams weighed at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

2021 Weigh Stations :

Weigh stations will be designated by large road signs at various resorts and locations along the Gunflint Trail.
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Golden Eagle Lodge

Bearskin Lodge

Hungry Jack Canoe Outfitters

Nor’Wester Lodge and Outfitters

Poplar Haus

Loon Lake Lodge

Gunflint Lodge

Gunflint Pines Resort and Campground

Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center


Blueberries in the Gunflint Trail area are just beginning to ripen and tend to peak around late July or early August. Wild blueberries are easy to identify, looking much like the grocery store variety, only smaller. The plants are woody shrubs, usually less than two feet tall and resemble miniature trees. They grow best in dry, well drained, rocky soil with good sun and are often found in recent burn areas. For more information on berry picking, click here.

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July 16
August 8
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The Gunflint Trail
County Road 12
Grand Marais, MN 55604 United States


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