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Picnic Spots

April 13th, 2012 | News | 0 Comments

What better way to soak up the spring sunshine than with a picnic in the great outdoors with family and friends at a favorite Gunflint Trail location? If your picnic basket is all packed, but you’re not sure where to go, consider these suggestions:

If you’re looking to roast some marshmallows and weenies, you can’t do better than popping into one of  sites at of the  several Federal campgrounds along the Trail. You’ll find a picnic table, fire grate and a nearby latrine at whichever site you choose, not to mention a nearby lake or river:
East Bearskin (25 miles up the Trail)
Flour Lake (26 miles up the Trail)
Iron Lake (38 miles up the Trail)
Trail’s End (56 miles up the Trail)

If you don’t need a fire grate, but would prefer a picnic table to spread your vittles out on, there are plenty of picnic benches scattered along the Trail. If you’re looking for a view and a spot to get a bite to eat you can pull off at:

  • Swamper Lake (23 miles up the Trail, picnic area on the left-hand side if you’re driving up the Trail)
  • Little Iron Lake (38 miles up the Trail, past the Old Gunflint Trail road, on the right hand side if driving up the Trail. Follow trail over bridge to picnic table.)
  • Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center (55 miles up the Trail, at 28 Moose Pond Drive. Several picnic tables at various locations on grounds.)

If you pack a bag lunch, you can take your picnic just about anywhere. Check out the Gunflint Trail hiking trail brochure for some ideas, or consider some of these breathtaking places to pause, soak in the view, and have a snack (or more).

  • Blueberry Hill/Northern Light Lake overlook (13 miles up the Trail)
  • Honeymoon Bluff (26 miles up the Trail, on the Clearwater Road )
  • Lima Mountain Trail (21 miles up the Trail, accessed off the Lima Grade)
  • Gunflint and Magnetic Lakes overlook (45 miles up the Trail)

Where’s your favorite spot to picnic on the Gunflint Trail?

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