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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre, Museum
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located in a historic fishing lodge - Chik-Wauk Lodge - on beautiful Saganaga Lake, near the end of the Gunflint Trail outside of Grand Marais. – Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Since 1934, Chik-Wauk Lodge has stood in this location, welcoming visitors until the resort closed in 1980. In 2010 the lodge building reopened in its converted use as the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the natural and cultural history of the Gunflint Trail.

Interpretive and interactive displays present the area’s cultural and natural history from its prehistoric beginnings to the development of today’s unique, rural community. Pet a beaver or see if you’re as strong as a Voyageur. View evidence of the Sudbury meteorite which crashed to Earth 1.6 billion years ago. Learn to identify area wildflowers, trees, shrubs, birds, fish and mammals. A collection of pictures, videos and other historic material allows you to immerse yourself in the lives of Gunflint Trail pioneers. Young visitors can embark on a Chik-Wauk Museum scavenger hunt and explore inside our Nature Center.

Outside, a network of nature trails crisscrosses Chik-Wauk’s 50-acre grounds. Plan to immerse yourself in the Gunflint Trail forest with Chik-Wauk's family-focused, self-guided naturalist program, which includes activity packs for use on the Chik-Wauk grounds.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

The Chik-Wauk Museum building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2007. The building was built in the early 1930s by the Nunstedt family and operated as a fishing resort until 1980.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society acknowledges Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located on traditional and ancestral lands of Indigenous People, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe people who cared for and continue to be stewards of their homeland.

Accessibility Notes

The museum strives to meet the needs of all visitors. Exhibits are arranged on a single level, making it easily accessible via wheelchair. The hiking trail system includes two ADA accessible trails.

Accessible parking is located next to the museum, across from the main entrance.

Please note that the museum is located in a rural location and does not provide modern amenities. There are two ADA accessible latrines with a pit toilet on the Campus, one is located in the lower parking area, the second is located close to the museum. Both are available to visitors and staff use.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not permitted inside museum, but are permitted on the grounds and hiking trails. Please leash your dog at all times and pick up after them.


Museum open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. , Nature Center open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Watercraft Exhibit Building 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Interpretive Cabin 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Seasons Open

Spring, Summer, Fall


Adults: $5.00, Children (ages 5-18): $2.00, Children (ages 0-4): Free, Gunflint Trail Historical Society members: Free

Admission fee at Chik-Wauk includes the entire campus.

  • Chik-Wauk Museum: continues Chik-Wauk’s tradition of hospitality, offering a wealth of information about the Gunflint Trail’s cultural and natural history.
  • Chik-Wauk Nature Center: focuses on Gunflint Trail flora, fauna, water and weather.
  • Watercraft Exhibit Building:is a timber frame structure, features early methods of travel on the waterways.
  • Interpretive Cabin— is built on the site of a former Chik-Wauk Lodge cabin.

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