Updates on Bearskin Lodge and USFS campground plans


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Summer thoughts for our Bearskin Guests:

First of all, we hope you are all safe, healthy, and doing the right things to help us all get through these unprecedented times.

Cook County locked down impressively from March though early June, and now the county is gradually loosening up. Don’t take that as thinking that anyone up here considers the pandemic “over.”  Cook County is still expecting social distancing and masks as much as possible. Our tiny Cook County Hospital has very limited facilities and our nearest major hospital is 2.5 hours away in Duluth. We live and work on a small enough scale up here that everyone understands that we rise and fall together.

So what is happening this summer? We re-opened on May 18, after Governor Walz cancelled the “stay at home” orders and after the Cook County community was better prepared for more visitors. We are providing all the services that we usually offer, in a way that exposes our staff and family to fewer people.  The Main Lodge building is closed to visitors, but services are being offered at a new front desk area in the entry. This arrangement separates  our staff from guests by about 10 feet, making it a little safer for all of us.  We will ask you to use our hand sanitizer before touching the desk and we greatly appreciate guests who wear masks.  We wear masks for you, we hope you’ll wear a mask for us.

Our summer protocols will be temporarily different for 2020. Read the details here. We’ll still help you find lots of great, socially-isolated activities to keep you  and your family happily busy. Perhaps this is a summer for more hikes and longer fishing excursions. We will strive to keep you safe in our secluded Northwoods haven, as well as to keep our staff healthy.  Everything you ever wanted to know (and then some!) about our Covid-19 plan can be found here.

It is very important that you read through our Covid-19 information before you make a reservation.  We are counting on our guests to help us stay safe and stay open this summer.  If you do not believe that the Covid virus is a concern, and will not abide by social distancing or disinfecting protocols, we think you will be happier going elsewhere in 2020. In addition, we encourage you to read through the Cook County Visitor Pledge.  Every business in Cook County is hoping you’ll help them to stay healthy and open, just like we are.

The East Bearskin Lake USFS campground, operated by Bearskin Lodge, was one of a limited number of USFS campgrounds allowed to reopen on June 2. All the open USFS campgrounds are wildly busy so far this summer. We are filling up to capacity on weekends, as are the other open campgrounds on the Gunflint Trail. This will not be an easy year to come up to the campgrounds without a reservation on weekends and holidays. We encourage you to go to recreation.gov to reserve your campsite ahead of time.

We will all have a story to tell after 2020. Your Bearskin memories from this summer will be different from past years, but we hope you can make unique memories this year that will be a pleasant part of your own narrative of the summer of 2020. 

May you be well,

The McCloughan Family/Bearskin Lodge