A Home Away From HomE For
Come to the Lake For Winter
Nor’Wester has direct access to snowmobile trails and all the lakes you enjoy through the summer for ice fishing. The largest groomed cross-country in the BWCA, the Banadad ski trail system is located nearby. Check out Banadad for details and maps. As always, there is miles of hiking nearby. Come explore the Gunflint Trail when it is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.
Our four Cedar Villas are our winter approved accommodation. Each one sleeps 8-10 guests, and comes with everything you need for your stay. Click on the Cedar Villas tab above for details and pricing. Start your snowmobile adventure right from your villa. Relax after a day in the crisp air in front of a fire outside or inside by your fireplace.
Marge and John Maynard, Rockford IL
We have been visiting The Nor’Wester off and on (lately mostly on) since 1988, when our daughter was 4. We have loved every cabin we’ve been in but Towering Pines is our favorite. We love the lake with the many islands to navigate around, lunches at Picnic Island, canoeing with the option of portaging, sunsets on the water, hiking, the friendly and so helpful staff who will go the extra mile, the views, the serenity, the lack of phone service which really helps us unwind, the hope of seeing moose, the loons, campfires, and even the rainy days when we stay in and read and play games. We begin anticipating our next vacation while we are driving home!
The Nor'Wester holds so many great memories for me. My parents started bringing me there for our family vacation every summer when I was just 10 years old and I feel fortunate to say I have only missed a few visits over the past 40 years. It is a place that now holds special memories for my own 3 children. Our stay is much anticipated every summer as it has become an annual gathering place for many of our extended family as well. The Nor’Wester is a family friendly resort with something for everyone to do. Our favorites every year include swimming at the sandy beach, fishing, hiking, canoeing, eagle watching and blueberry picking. If we are ever uncertain of where to fish or blueberry pick, Carl and Luana usually have suggestions! We enjoy our evenings taking in the breathtaking views of Poplar Lake from the lakeside cabins and campsites while reflecting on our day around the campfire. Every visit to this one-of-a-kind destination leaves us looking forward to the next.
Augusta Maruska, Lengby, MN
How to get a fishing license:
Online visit: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/online-sales.html, you can print immediately or save to a mobile device that you will have with you.
Local locations within a few minutes of the lodge.
Pick up on the way at most gas stations along the shore.
Fiber Optic WiFi
Long Main Dock
Have a Question?
Talk to the Luana or Carl
Location & Nearby Attractions
Trail Center Lodge
“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.”
“A hidden gem along the Gunflint Trail, the newly renovated Poplar Haus is worth the drive just for lunch.”
The Crooked Spoon Cafe
“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.”
Gun Flint Tavern
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
Biggest Blueberry Contest
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!
Gunflint Mail Run
The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover.
John Beargrease Race
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states.
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail
Visit Cook County
here’s so much to see and do in Cook County, you’ll want to make the most of every minute.
Grand Marais Art Colony
Gunflint Trail Association
North House Folk School
Canoeing, Boating, and Snowmobiling
Alumacraft Boats and Canoes
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.
Souris River Canoes
Have your cake and eat it too…light and tough in one canoe!
For people who know and love canoes.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Snowmobiling site
Includes information about regulations, permits, safety, and trails.
Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association
Snowmobile Trails, Races, and Events
Regulations, Licensing, and Permits
Superior National Forest Website
For more information on the BWCAW
For permit information and BWCAW rules and regulations.
Leave No Trace
Join The Movement. See What’s Happening With Leave No Trace In Every Park.
Department of Natural Resources
Regulations, permits, and license information for hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, and more.
Local Wildlife and 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.
Flora of the Superior National Forest and the BWCA
Checkin & Checkout
Check-in: 3:00 p.m. (call if later than 8:00 p.m.)
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
If you cancel prior to 60 days before your reservations. We provide full refunds.
If your cancellation is within 60 days of the visit. There is a $50 cancellation fee, but only if we are able fill the rental. If we are unable to fill the rental, we do not refund the cost. Alternatively however, you can reschedule the stay within one year. Our policy is pretty stringent, because of our small size and remoteness. Cancellations significantly affect our ability to stay in business.
No other refunds are possible.
To avoid any misunderstanding, here is the simple version: You will be charged for the days you reserve, so please check your dates carefully and come have a great time. We love having you.