Availability Updates — Fall availability

Fall is a gorgeous time to visit Bearskin Lodge, and it’s also economical.  The rates are lower than during peak season summer; if you can visit after October 9th, there is an additional rate decrease.  Unlike peak summer season, it isn’t necessary to rent a full week in the fall.  However, we strongly encourage a minimum of three nights in order to enjoy a better Bearskin experience that isn’t all driving.

Take a peek at each cabin and see rates for your dates by clicking here.   Weekends for Fall are nearly full; weekday dates are much easier to get.  If you have the flexibility to travel mid-week, you will appreciate the advantages of traveling  then — less traffic, fewer people on the trails and at restaurants, more options for cabins.  Fall weekends up here have been discovered, and everything is as busy then as on the wildest July day.  But weekdays are another story — on a mid-week day you’ll still have an uncrowded drive up north and can visit the many attractions along the way without fighting the weekend crowds.  If you have a choice, avoid driving south towards the Twin Cities on I-35 on a Sunday afternoon, as that is the peak travel time during each fall week (excluding Labor Day, which obviously peaks on Monday).

Fall Availability (updated 9/14/2016):

We update this page occasionally so you can quickly peruse a list to find an available date that fits your plans. However, the best way to check the most current availability is to use the reservation request form in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

  • MEA long weekend 10/20 – 10/23:  Cabin 6 and Cabin 11 (both available starting Saturday, 10/22)


Summer only info

General summer availability info:   A large percentage of Bearskin cabins and lodges are reserved one year ahead of time for prime summer dates, but we always end up with a few changes and cancellations over time.  As we get close to summer, this page is regularly updated with a listing of current openings. You can also use the availability box in the upper right-hand corner of the pages to check your options.  Or give us a call for the most accurate current information.

During peak season (June 17 – August 27) most Bearskin cabins are rented for full weeks.  Cabin 8 and Lodge 4 are always available for shorter stays. We usually open up cabins for shorter stays if they are still unbooked 2-3 weeks before the dates. If you need specific dates for a shorter stay, call us — we might be able to make it work, especially if your dates include the first or last half of a full week. Sometimes we can break weeks in two parts, especially if the dates you want don’t come out of the middle of the week. Talk to our front desk staff about options. We can frequently make something work for you, especially if you have some date flexibility.

Can you stay at Bearskin for less than a full week?

Yes!  But you may have to reserve early to get the shorter stay cabins at popular times in mid-summer.  Full week rentals are in force for many (but not all) cabins during the busiest, high-demand times of summer. Don’t let the number of days  worry you if you are a fall, winter, spring or early summer traveler; this is strictly a mid-summer, busy season policy for our most popular summer cabins.

Cabin 8 and Lodge 4 can usually be rented for shorter stays, even during peak summer dates.  We prefer 3 night minimum stays, as it gives you enough time to enjoy our area; sometimes we have 2 night openings available.  Single night openings are rare; providing one night of lodging is a different kind of business than we offer here at Bearskin.

One night openings often may be arranged for groups of people who are renting canoes and gear from Bearskin Wilderness Outfitters; arrange these rentals through the outfitters when you book your canoe trip.  For other one night stays we encourage you to call one of the many nice motels in Grand Marais, which are in business for the purpose of single-night, transitory lodging.

How long should you stay?

To truly experience the Gunflint Trail area wilderness ambiance, especially if you make a lengthy drive to get here,  it helps to be here long enough to slow down and begin to appreciate our unique environment.  Most guests will spend the better part of a day driving to get here, with an equally long drive to get home.  You’ll have more fun if you give yourself time to enjoy your destination.

We offer primarily full week rentals in the summer because it makes a much better family experience.  In the other seasons, we encourage you to give yourself at least 3 nights unless you are driving from a closer city, such as Duluth. Many guests drive here for a weekend from all around Minnesota and Wisconsin, often spending 5 – 8 hours in the car.  We know how precious time off from a job can be, but do consider finding a way to stay longer than 2 nights. From many locations a two – night stay results in one day of enjoyment surrounded by two days of long drives. You will come away with better memories if you give yourself enough time to make them.