About Bearskin Lodge

Historic map of Camp Bearskin and the surrounding area from 1935.

Bearskin Lodge, established in 1925, is located in the scenic wilderness area off Minnesota’s famed Gunflint Trail, near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Situated in the Superior National Forest on a BWCAW entry point lake, Bearskin is truly a secluded “wilderness lodge” — a place where guests can experience living in the northwoods, but with a few amenities. The Lodge is open all year and is a premier destination for family vacations, romantic getaways, fishing trips and especially, cross country skiing.  Our 77 km of groomed ski trails are among the best in the Upper Midwest.

Bearskin fills a niche that is unique in the Minnesota resort market.  Our guests are generally people who want to have a BWCA type of experience, but don’t want to sleep on a rock.  We do not have TVs or phones in the cabins, and cell phone service is unavailable. There is excellent internet service in the Main Lodge, but when you walk out of the Lodge you and your children are disconnected from the rest of the world.  You can connect with each other instead.  Our guests repeatedly tell us this is one of the things they love about Bearskin.

Our resort is extremely quiet, even in the busy season.  We have chosen not to allow pets, and as a result we have extraordinarily good wildlife viewing around the cabins.  It is not uncommon to see a moose, bear, or fox right out your window.

Visit our website at www.bearskin.com  or follow our Facebook page.

One thought on “About Bearskin Lodge

  1. Lauren Borer (formally Russell)


    Many years ago (okay 6 years ago) I was the summer naturalist at Bearskin. It’s good to see Bearskin turn around! When I was there, it was great! But… I could see things going in a different direction (the long time chef was gone and the restaurant closed, the owner was hardly ever there…). I started up the naturalist program and began to keep program supplies and curriculum around. I returned for a visit in 2006 and saw that my things were still there and the new naturalist knew my name! I’m famous!

    Well, now I see this blog and what a great staff you have and how the programs and activities have continued to grow at Bearskin. I hope to get up there again for a relaxing stay at Bearskin!

    Good work!

    Lauren (Russell) Borer
    (former naturalist summer of 2004)

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