Living with Loons – Sherry Abts “The Loon Ranger”

Loon Presentation Chik-Wauk

What makes loons so special? Is it their amazing adaptations? How does their basic biology differ from other birds? Sherry Abts is a retired teacher that has volunteered with four of the top Loon Researchers in the country. Her “Loon adventures” began in 1993 at Seney Wildlife Refuge, in Michigan. For more than 12 summers,… Read more »

Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer – Mary Manning

Mary Manning

Mary Manning is part of the law enforcement division of the Department of Natural Resources and is tasked with enforcement of state laws on game and fish, recreational vehicle, wetlands and waters, invasive species, and wildland fire, among others…and assist with safety training and education classes. She is also one of the Use of Force… Read more »

Waysides Along the Highway: The Archaeology of the Fur Trade Period in the Eastern BWCAW by USDA Forest Service Lee Johnson

Waysides Along the Highway: The Archaeology of the Fur Trade Period in the Eastern BWCAW by USDA Forest Service Lee Johnson

The presentation will review the history and archaeology of the Fur Trade period (ca. 1680-1860) in the eastern Boundary Waters Canoe Area, including a detailed look at artifacts, historical records, and oral histories from the Lake Saganaga area. Lee’s research interests include the archaeology and history of the fur trade period in the western Lake… Read more »

Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center Season Opener POSTPONED


Opening day of Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center postponed. Due to high water levels and for the safety of staff and visitors, opening day for Chik-Wauk is postponed until the water recedes. Water levels are being monitored daily. Updates are posted on and social media sites. All hiking trails at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center are… Read more »

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid

Prepare for the unexpected with this engaging, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine, taught over two days. If you like to take short trips relatively close to medical resources, work at wilderness camps, enjoy weekend family outdoor activities, or recreate outdoors, this course is for you. This course is great for people of all experience levels,… Read more »

Old Fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social – Postponed

Blackberry Pie and Ice Cream

**UPDATE** The Gunflint Trail Historical Society regrets to announce that the Pie & Ice Cream Social will be postponed for 2021. The “sidewalk” sale will take place, take a drive up and see what steep discounts will be offered on many gift shop items.

Timothy Cochrane – The Linklaters: People of the Canoe Country

Tim Cochrane served as the superintendent of Grand Portage National Monument for twenty years. His books include Minong-The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale, Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg, and A Good Boat Speaks for Itself: Isle Royale Fishermen and Their Boats. He lives outside of Grand Marais. Besides researching and… Read more »

Taste of The Trail BBQ Picnic Adventure in Support of the North Shore Health Care Foundation

Gunflint Lodge Sunday BBQ

  Navigate the beautiful Gunflint Trail on a scenic and tasty adventure, sampling the culinary delights of iconic Trail venues, to raise funds for the NSHCF’s Justine Kerfoot Memorial Fund. The NSHCF is proud to host a new, take-out style adventure which benefits our health and emergency services in Cook County. – Start at our… Read more »

Mid-Trail Group Ride

Person in Bike Helmet overlooking Bearskin Bike Trail

A 9-12 mile bike ride starting at Bearskin Lodge on the ski trails and surrounding snowmobile trails and gravel roads. All are welcome, riding is not very technical but can be physically demanding. Suitable riding for mountain bike or fat bikes, longer and shorter route options available.

U.S. Forest Service Nature Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Time your visit to Chik-Wauk Museaum & Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail to coincide with our weekly U.S. Forest Service naturalists presentations, covering a different Northwoods-themed topic every week. The presentations will take place Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on the front porch of Chik-Wauk Museum. If weather dictates, the presentation will be… Read more »