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Clearwater Historic Lodge and Outfitters

Lodge or Resort

Located on Clearwater Lake in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and listed on the National Historic Registry Clearwater Lodge offers Clearwater Lodge is the oldest and largest hand-hewn freestanding whole log structure in the region. Hand-hewn means that the main structure was built without nails! Each log was scribed and fitted into place before a wooden peg was set into a hand-drilled hole. The settling over the years has given the floor a bit of a "roll" to it. Adorning the walls, old black and white pictures along with everyday items from the Boostrom family sit. Our kitchen manager is none other than Gloria Hall Johnson, the granddaughter of Charlie and Petra who carries on her Grandmother's tradition of baking. Freshly baked pies, breads and rolls can still be enjoyed along with many other tasty delights. Each morning guests who stay in the Bed and Breakfast or who have added breakfast to their stay get to enjoy a full hot breakfast in the dining room where we still serve meals using the original dishes and you sit at tables made by hand by Charlie himself. If you are lucky, you will be served our original made from scratch buttermilk pancakes that haven't changed in 97 years!

Not only do we still use the same sauna that Charlie built and have 4 of his original cabins as rentals, but we are the original outfitter of the Gunflint Trail. Each Tuesday night guests have the great honor to gather round the hearth and listen to Harriet Taus, daughter of Charlie and Petra, tell her stories of growing up in the lodge and what life was like on the Gunflint Trail in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Today guests are able to enjoy sitting outside on the massive deck that wraps around the lodge and gaze across the lake at the series of cliffs that make up the palisades. Many guests choose to paddle and explore nearby lakes and waterfalls such as Johnson Falls. While many guests choose to visit Clearwater Lodge by staying in one of the 7-lakeside cabins, others choose just to come for a night and stay in the lodge or a bunkhouse before using the services of the original outfitters of the area. Clearwater Lodge, home of the best view on the trail, and truly a step back in time.

Driving Directions

Clearwater Historic Lodge is located in the BWCA on Clearwater Lake just off the Gunflint Trail. To find us go to Duluth then head North along scenic Highway 61. Pass through Grand Marais and turn North(left) onto the Gunflint Trail(County Road 12-paved). Drive about 27 miles along the trail till you reach Clearwater Road(county road 66-gravel). Turn right and drive 4 miles till you see the lodge on the right hand side. Please use caution when driving as the road is narrow and curves. Seeing wildlife along the road is common. See you soon!

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