Dog Sled Trips into the BWCA
Experience a dog sledding adventure into the deep wilderness at Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail this winter. Dog sled trips into the BWCA wilderness will be offered on weekends and most week days in 2012. Reservations ahead of time are recommended. Tours allow participants the opportunity to ride the runners, an exciting way to experience what it is like to drive the sled and dog team (usually 8-10 dogs).
Each trip involves interactive time getting to know the dogs and the musher. You may choose whether you want to ride warmly bundled in the sled, ride on the sled runners, or play a role in drving the team — or perhaps you would like to have all these adventurous experiences during your trip.
The director of our mushing program is Erik Simula, an experienced musher, wilderness guide, dog sled racer, birchbark canoe builder, and adventurer. Erik believes that every dog sled trip that goes out of Bearskin Lodge should be a learning experience. Read more about Erik and his well-known 1000 mile canoe trip on the Arrowhead Journey blog.
Planning notes for your adventure:
- Our dog teams can pull a group of about 350 pounds, plus the weight of the musher. There is a slight amount of flexibility about the total poundage — when you make your reservation we will ask for the weights of your group members and help you plan the trip accordingly.
- This year our mushing program takes one dog sled out on a trip at a time. If your group includes a larger number of riders than will work for one trip, we can schedule back-to-back trips. There will be an initial group orientation, then the rest of the group can enjoy our warm lodge while the first group goes out. Plan to get photos as your friends or family members take off and return in the dog sled!
- You will need to dress warmly and wear boots or footwear appropriate to walking in snow. We may be able to provide you with extra layers, but you will get the most enjoyment out of your trip if you are dressed warmly.
- Need extra clothes? Bearskin’s gift shop sells hats, gloves, long underwear, and warm socks. Another option, especially if you are headed back to a warm climate where you won’t need heavy clothes again: Stone Harbor in Grand Marais can rent you very warm clothes by Wintergreen.
2012-2013 winter dog sled trip options:
1 – 1/2 hour trip, 6-8 miles, 10 dogs
Receive an introduction to mushing, then travel eastward towards the BWCA. Actual distance covered will depend on snow conditions, but the experience will last about an hour and a half.
Rates for 1 ½ hour trip: $95 for adults — $75 for kids under 12 – $140 for single riders.
Trip times for 1-1/2 hour trip: call our front desk for the current schedule
Dog sled trips are tentatively scheduled this year for Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Call us for the exact schedule.
Due to the high demand for dog sled trips during the post-Christmas, MLK and President’s Day weekends, Erik is scheduling more trips per day by offering shorter rides. Call our front desk for rates and available appointment times.
Winter camping freight hauls by dog team:
3.0-Hour Time Required for Drop Off: 9:00-12:00, or Pick Up: 1:00-4:00 3.5 Miles to BWCA Boundary (possibly to E. end of S. Arm with good trail) May be snow machine supported if there are poor trail conditions or excessive weight. Campers should arrive on site well ahead of the departure time, have their gear packed and organized beforehand, and be prepared to leave in a timely manner.
Max. 4 People. Rate: $300 w/2 $75 each 3+ $250 single
Dog sled freight service is not available from us on other lakes.
See our specials page for packages that include a dog sled trip.