Springtime Happenings

Planning a spring getaway to the Gunflint Trail?  There are plenty of special happenings on the Trail this spring that you can dovetail into your vacation.

Gunflint Green Up: May 3-6

Gunflint Lodge will be organizing the fifth annual Gunflint Green Up event. In the springs following the Ham Lake Wildfire event of 2007, this event has gathered Gunflint Trail residents and visitors together to plant tree seedlings in the burn area. Recent Green Up events have focused on “releasing” trees which were planted at the 2008 and 2009 Green Up events. Releasing these trees involves removing other vegetation growing around the tree seedlings to remove growing competition and let the sunshine in. This year’s Green Up will focus on planting and releasing trees along the Gneiss Lake Trail on the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center grounds.

Ham Run Half Marathon and 5K: May 6

Also in its fifth year is the Ham Run. This event features a half marathon and 5K fun run. Both courses travel through the Ham Lake Wildfire burn area, offering runners a peak at the area’s regrowth. Both races end at the Trail’s End Campground where food and festivities are served up.

Trash and Treasure Days: May 19 and 20

Now in its third year, the Gunflint Trail Trash and Treasure Days harnesses the “spring cleaning” spirit and offers treasure seekers a 60-mile garage sale.  Any Gunflint Trail business or resident who wants to participate in this communal garage sale simply post a sign along the Trail announcing their sale.  Treasure seekers just have to follow the garage sale signs up the Trail. You never know what you might find.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center opening day: May 26

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center opens its doors for its third season on May 26, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The museum features exhibits and video displays on both the human and natural history of the Gunflint Trail. Six hiking trails of various difficulty crisscross the museum’s 50-acre grounds and a loon nesting platform sits in the Saganaga Lake bay that the museum overlooks.  The museum is open every day from late May until mid-October.

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