Clearwater Historic Lodge & Canoe Outfitters is the original outfitter on the Gunflint Trail. We have been helping guests explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) for over 100 years.
Clearwater Historic Lodge is a favorite Northwoods getaway destination. Our tranquil setting, beautifully preserved historic lodge, cabins with views of Clearwater Lake and Palisades, laid-back hospitality, hot breakfasts and fresh bakery items are just a few reasons why guests stay with us year after year. We hope you will join us for your next trip up North. Our lodge operates from May through October.
Unwind & Unplug
Clearwater offers a getaway from 21st century living – trade in the constant connectivity for the amber glow of a sunset, good conversations with family or friends, the sound of water gently lapping against the dock, or the whirring sound of a fishing line as it is cast. Our remote location provides a reprieve from texting, emails, and social media for the duration of your stay.
We are aware access to modern convenience is important for guests with families or businesses – WiFi is available in the main lodge for guests as needed. Note that our property is remote, and does not have cell service.
Clearwater Lodge has been a steward of the BWCA for generations. We are dedicated to preserving the unique landscape, wildlife, and dark skies for generations to come.
At Clearwater, we want to ensure that your stay or outfitted canoe trip in the BWCA is an experience you look back to fondly. We’re proud to be one of the highest ranked lodges on the Gunflint Trail. This ranking is based on the most important opinions available – those of our guests! Please visit our page on Trip Advisor below for detailed reviews and comments from seasoned Clearwater visitors.
In The Media
- February 2023 – Minnesota Bound Podcast – Taking A Chance: Lodge Life in the Northwoods
- April 2022 – WTIP North Shore Radio – New Owners Arrive To Clearwater Lodge
- September 2015 – Minneapolis StarTribune – Midwest Traveler: Getting Away At Clearwater
- March 2015 – Grand Marais, MN voted #1 in CNN’s –10 Coolest Towns in America 2015
- February 2015 – Duluth News Tribune – Gunflint Trail Area Has Plenty to Play In During Low Snow Winter
- April 2014 – Minneapolis StarTribune – Clearwater Lake Lodge Named Best Resort on the Gunflint Trail – 2014’s “Best of MN”
We welome your four-legged family members! Book your stay in one of our pet-friendly cabins (Cabins 1 – 6 are pet friendly) for an additional fee of $20/night per pet or $90/week per pet. Note that pets are not allowed in the main lodge, but service animals are permitted throughout the property. Please keep your pets leashed, and please do not leave them unattended.
Cell Service and Internet
Due to our remote location on the Gunflint Trail, we do not have cell phone reception at Clearwater Historic Lodge. Guest access to our Wireless internet network is available in the lodge, but we ask that you limit your usage due to limited bandwidth. Please do not stream music or movies. We appreciate your cooperation!