Summer Fun on the Gunflint Trail

Things To Do

Escape to Poplar Creek Retreat on the Gunflint Trail during the summer months to soak up the warm sun and enjoy the stunning natural surroundings. With plenty of time to explore and engage in numerous activities, you can take a leisurely paddle on Little Ollie or Poplar Lake or venture into the BWCA for a day trip canoeing adventure. Hikers can explore the many trails, including the Honeymoon Bluff and Caribou Rock Trail, which offer breathtaking views of the area. And for those who prefer to pedal, there are plenty of scenic biking routes to explore.

Person mountain biking on path with sun shining through trees

Fishing on the Gunflint Trail in Minnesota

The Gunflint Trail is home to some of the best fishing spots in Minnesota. During the summer months, guests can take advantage of the lakes and rivers in the area to catch walleye, northern pike, and trout. Poplar Creek Retreat is located near several lakes that offer excellent fishing opportunities, including Poplar Lake, Swamp Lake, and Little Ollie Lake. Guests can bring their own boats or rent them from nearby resorts to explore the waters.

Hiking and Biking on the Gunflint Trail in Minnesota

The Gunflint Trail is known for its beautiful hiking and biking trails. With miles of trails to explore, guests can enjoy scenic hikes through the forest, with opportunities to spot wildlife along the way. The nearby Superior Hiking Trail offers more challenging hikes for experienced hikers. For biking enthusiasts, the area offers several mountain biking trails, with varying degrees of difficulty.

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Gunflint Trail in Minnesota

Grand Marais is a charming town just a short drive away from Poplar Creek Retreat, and it’s worth exploring. You can browse through local shops, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a refreshing beverage at one of the many bars and restaurants. Alternatively, take a scenic drive down the Gunflint Trail and explore the natural beauty of the area. And don’t forget to end your day back at the cabin with a cozy campfire, roasting marshmallows and savoring the warm glow of the fire.


Lace up your boots and hit the trails to discover stunning summer vistas like the Devil Track River and Kadunce River Trails.


Hop on your bike and explore the Gunflint Trail or the Pincushion Mountain Trails for a scenic ride through the Northwoods.


Take advantage of the warm summer weather by spending a day canoeing on the crystal-clear waters of the Gunflint Trail or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.


Cast your line in Poplar Creek, Little Ollie, and Poplar Lake or find remote spots in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.


Take a scenic drive along the North Shore or explore the quaint shops and galleries in downtown Grand Marais.


Enjoy summer nights around the fire with family and friends, roasting marshmallows, sharing stories, and gazing at the starry skies above.

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