Archive for the ‘Bearskin Lodge’ Category

Planning ahead for Gunflint Green Up

Monday, April 12th, 2010

""Visitors and guests at Bearskin frequently ask about the 2007 Ham Lake fire.  More and more often now the question goes something like this:  "Didn't you guys have a fire up here quite a few years ago?"  It's surprising how fast the time has passed since that spring of 2007, but on the Gunflint Trail the fire still feels like very recent history. 

Bearskin was fortunate to be out of the burn area, but you don't have to travel very much farther up the trail to begin seeing the blackened remains of a formerly beautiful forest.  Because  a low green undergrowth has gradually spread across the forest floor, the first sight of the burned areas is not as shocking as it was shortly after the fire. The starkness of blackened trees, rocks, underbrush, and soil is muted by a carpet of green.  Still, you don't have to drive very far through "the burn" before the degree of forest devastation becomes almost overwhelming.  Underbrush grows back quickly; 100-year-old trees do not. 


Early ice-out in BWCA makes news

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The ice-outs of an early spring trigger awe in northern Minnesota (See quote from Bob midway through the article!)

Ice off of northeastern Minnesota lakes a week earlier than ever recorded  


And the winner of the ice guessing contest is: alas, nobody!

Monday, April 5th, 2010


Well, that was a short-lived "ice out" contest!  On Saturday, April 3rd, the ice went out of East Bearskin Lake.  Bob watched it go and as always, it was an amazing event to watch.  Of course, Bob and Quinn have already paddled all over on the lake. 


Could winter really be over? Nah…. Time to start guessing the “ice out” date!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

 Winter disappeared on the Gunflint Trail rather suddenly.  We didn't expect that.  


City of Lakes Loppet: It’s big plastic tent time again

Friday, February 5th, 2010


In 2008 Bearskin Lodge became one of the sponsors of the Hoigaard's Challenge, three races that are "The ultimate test of Minnesota-ness:"  The City of Lakes Ski Loppet, the Tri-Loppet, and the Trail Loppet.  This weekend the Ski Loppet is being held in Minneapolis and, as has been the case for the past two years, Bearskin will be there. (See to read about our first City of Lakes experience.)


Yoo-hoo, Bearskin — anybody there?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Wondering why we don't answer the phone today?  Wishing we'd respond to an e-mail you sent this morning?    We are incommunicado at the moment.

The meltdown of a fiber optic cable in Duluth has left much of the North Shore without phone services, including the area's major internet service provider, Boreal.  We are able to get on the web via our satellite internet, but can't access our Boreal e-mail or receive phone calls.  It's been a very quiet afternoon!


Ski for pancreatic cancer research

Monday, January 11th, 2010


Long-time Bearskin guests all fondly remember Dee Peterson, a very special person who was the face of Bearskin Lodge for many years.  Dee passed away in 2008 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.    



Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

We've been patiently waiting for snow.  OK, maybe the "patient" part isn't right but the "waiting" part is true.  We've been gradually accumulating snow, but it hasn't been quite enough to create ideal conditions yet.  Skiers are enjoying memorable conditions. Skiing on the lakes has been "once in a lifetime"  amazing. 

The trail report blog is now up and running:     Watch it for regular updates on the conditions.


Visit us at the Outdoor Adventure Expo this weekend!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

If you're visiting the in Minneapolis this weekend, stop by the Bearskin booth and say hi to Quinn, Kate, our musher Erik Simula and one of his friendly sled dogs.

Grab a Bearskin brochure –there's a $50 off coupon secretly tucked in there, good on a new reservation of 3 days or more that can be used by anyone.  Usually we have a coupon like this available for new guests who have never visited Bearskin before, but the Expo coupon will work for anyone.  You can also enter a drawing to win a free stay at Bearskin.


Fisher cats, and other animal sightings

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Bob saw an unexpected sight today on the porch of cabin 11 — a Fisher.


No, not A fisherman, although that is also an unexpected sight lately during our cold snap. What Bob found in the screen porch was an elusive, medium-sized member of the weasel family known as the Fisher or sometimes called a Fisher Cat. Similar to a Pine Marten, but quite a bit bigger, it is very rare to spot a Fisher, muchless see one on a cabin porch.