A Home Away From Home For
Lake Superior Area
Camping, Cottages, & Villas
Grand Manais, MN
Complete Outfitting For BWCA Wilderness Canoe Trips
Nor’Wester Lodge Canoe Outfitters provides complete and partial outfitting services from our base on Poplar Lake for wilderness canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. Many canoe country routes start and end at our easy access central location on the Gunflint Trail.
Choose the Best Gear
We carry ultra-light Grumman, Alumacraft, and Souris River Kevlar canoes. Top-of-the-line gear, the best ultra-lite food, and our personalized routing provides peace of mind and an enjoyable canoeing experience. We offer customers quality lightweight equipment and good food at reasonable costs for their trip into canoe country. Nearly everyone can enjoy a BWCA wilderness canoe trip, regardless of their canoeing experience.
Experience You Can Trust
We have a lifetime of knowledge and experience to share with you about the canoe country. Carl Brandt, the owner of Nor’Wester, was born and raised on Poplar Lake and grew up canoeing and fishing the many lakes of the area. With 50 years of service to vacationers on the Gunflint Trail, we have developed a reputation for quality.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is a federally designated Wilderness area over 1 million acres in size
Outfitting in some of the most peaceful areas of the world, right here at Gun Flint Trail.
Luana, Your Host
Choose The Accommodation That Best Fits Your Needs
We offer villas, cottages, RV, Bunkhouse, or tent accomodations, so there is truly someplace for everyone.
My husband and I come here in October for the last 2 years and we love it! Scenic, quiet. The cabins are great. Last year we checked in late and our cabin was not clean. The owners provide us a townhouse for our stay for the price of our cabin. This customer service was unexpected and over/beyond what we expected!!!!! We will continue to come here annually.
Fiber Optic WiFi
Our super fast WiFi service is available. It’s only within range from the Lodge.
All of our cottages and villas come with parking and guest parking is available.
We offer quality mattresses and extra linen is available with every rental.
Each cottage and villa comes with
Long Main Dock
You can park your boat or you can rent one of ours. We have pontoon available.
We have the only sandy beach on Poplar Lake. There is also swim raft short distance from main dock.
Checkin & Checkout
Check-in: 3:00 p.m. (call if later than 8:00 p.m.)
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
* 60 – day notice required for refund on all cancellations with a $50 service cancellation fee.
( unless rescheduled within one year)
For cancellations within 30 days of arrival, we offer a refund only if we are able to fill the entire cancellation.
No other refunds possible.
Due to our small size and remoteness, cancellations significantly affect us.
To avoid any misunderstanding, you will be charged for the days you reserve.
Please check your dates carefully.
Have a Question?
Talk to Luana
Location & Nearby Attractions
“Stopped here twice–once for dinner and another time just for an afternoon drink. I liked being at the bar in the late afternoon before the dinner rush, having a cold Moose Drool and chatting with the friendliest bartender.”
“Hands down our favorite meal every trip to The town of Grand Marais. The fish is fresh and perfectly grilled, paired with a delicious fresh salad and wild rice that’s out of this world!”
“We had a delicious lunch and I had a BLT that blew me away. I can’t believe how scrumptious the maple bacon tasted and the tomato was ripe sweet and juicy.”
Great tavern on the Superior North shore, lots of locals to keep you company. Tries the Asian Bowl and the Ruben Sandwich, both good. Great view of the lake, and good locally brewed beer!
43rd Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races July 17th 2019
Blueberries will be measured by weight, and must be picked fresh and not store bought. Berry pickers will be able to submit their biggest blueberry at Nor’Wester Lodge!
The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover.
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states.
Local Organizations / Programs
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail
Canoeing, Boating, & Snowmobiling
Fishing and sport boats, and canoes.
Whether paddling alone on a river or packing heavy for an extended group expedition, you’re off to a great start in a Northstar.
Have your cake and eat it too…light and tough in one canoe!
For people who know and love canoes.
Includes information about regulations, permits, safety, and trails.
Regulations, Licenses, & Permits
For more information on the BWCAW
For permit information and BWCAW rules and regulations.
Join The Movement. See What’s Happening With Leave No Trace In Every Park.
Regulations, permits, and license information for hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, and more.
Wildlife & Wildflowers
This site is about moose-seeing moose in the wild, collecting moose products, learning about moose habitat, diet, behavior and ecology and seeing how the “metaphor” of moose can make lives better and happier.
The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the conservation of all species of bears.
This site focuses on improving the understanding and appreciation of North American bears www.bear.org
Promoting the welfare of the black bear through better understanding.
Teaching the World about Wolves.
Information and photographs of a variety of animals, including lynx, wolves, and bears.