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Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races

July 15 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Gunflint Trail Canoe Races

Since 1976, friends and neighbors on the upper Gunflint Trail have been organizing the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races to raise money for worthy causes benefiting all on the Trail. Since then only one year was cancelled – 1999 – when the great BWCA Blowdown occurred just a few days before the scheduled Races.The Gunflint Trail Canoe Races is a family-oriented fundraiser that benefits the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

According to GTVFD Chief Jim Morrison: “Funds from the Canoe Races support GTVFD Emergency Medical Services. We have new ambulance that offers much safer operations and a gentler ride to town for responders and patients. We have added glucagon, an IM injection for folks having a diabetic crisis and are unconscious.  With the increasing problems with opioid overdose we now carry Narcan.  Thanks to all the donations we receive from the community we are able to provide these services and continue to upgrade them.”


There’s something for everyone at the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races!

 Seventeen (17) Canoe Races for multiple ages and abilities and plenty of space to cheer on your favorites from Trail resorts and campsites. All are welcome to register onsite. Bring your own canoe and paddles.

Choose from 6 regular and 6 backward paddle races, the long distance, solo paddle races for men and women or the challenging gunnel pumping races. Whatever your age and ability you can test your paddling skills and have a great day on the lake shore.

A Food Tent with delicious, well-priced Northwoods BBQ supper staples, including home-baked dessert choices will be available starting at 4:30 pm.

Auctions – both Silent and Live auctions are always a highlight of the Races, and a big part of the fundraising fun. Items will come from up and down the Trail and throughout Cook County, including many hand-made treasures.

A commemorative, fund-raising 2019 Canoe Races T-shirt will be available onsite for just $20. If you’re not able to attend the races, T-shirts may be purchased online where additional donations to the GTVFD will be accepted! The URL is: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/gunflint-trail-2019

Last but not least, one lucky $5 raffle ticket holder will win a bright yellow Current Designs Solara 120 Kayak, worth $800! Winner to be announced just after the concluding fun-to-watch Gunnel Pumping Canoe Race. The Kayak will be on display at Trail Center prior to the Races. Raffle tickets are available at numerous resorts and from volunteers.

An active committee of the Gunflint-Seagull-Saganaga Property Owners Associations, working with

volunteers from up and down the Trail, have made the Races a success for more than 40 years.

This year’s overall chairman, Bob Baker, Sr. of Gunflint Lake, notes, “the Canoe Races are a true expression of how our Gunflint Trail community works together to make living in the wilderness better and better each year, for residents and visitors alike.”


July 15
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Gunflint Lodge
143 S. Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
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