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Lodge or Resort
Luana Brandt

Celebrating Over 80 Years of Hospitality. We've been welcoming guests to Nor'Wester for more than 80 years. Hosting memorable vacations on the legendary Gunflint Trail is our family tradition. Rustic warmth and old-fashioned hospitality go hand-in-hand with comfortable surroundings and modern conveniences. Choose from cozy cabins at the lakeshore (including spacious villas for larger groups), or lakeside camping and RV sites.

"Up North" vacations and outfitted wilderness canoe trips on Minnesota's legendary Gunflint Trail. Nor'Wester Lodge is located on Poplar Lake at the edge of the Boundary Waters and has been hosted by the Brandt family since 1931.

Nor'wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters has been one of the most unforgettable Northern Minnesota vacation spots for over 80 years. Located on the historic Gunflint Trail right on the shore of Poplar Lake, Nor'Wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters is surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and Superior National Forest.

This Northeastern Minnesota resort offers lakeside cabin and villa accommodations, and a campground. The location is perfect for family vacations and quiet resort getaways. The area is known for excellent fishing for walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass. In winter, reliable snow depth from December through March creates a winter wonderland.
View Nor'Wester Lodge and Outfitters in a larger map. A premier destination for snowmobiles, with miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Like hiking? Nor'Wester Lodge area on the Gunflint Trail offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails just waiting for you. Don't forget to bring your camera!

A Legendary Location! Take the Scenic Highway 61 North Shore Drive of Lake Superior from Duluth to Grand Marais, then head up the Gunflint Trail into the heart of the Superior National Forest.

We are only 30 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais, Minnesota. ...and only 2.5 miles from the Canada border.

Recreational Opportunities

Canoe Trips, Hiking, Fishing, Swimming, Relaxing, Camping, Quality Family Time and Entertainment, Memory making!

Driving Directions

30 miles out of Grand Marais on the Gunflint Trail - a national scenic byway.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

The Brandt family has owned and operated this lodge since 1931. Still family owned and operated, with guests returning in the 5th generation. Quality family time has become our main focus. Introducing each generation to the natural surroundings of the lodge, and helping all ages enjoy the bounty of a wilderness setting. Wonderful memories are the true treasured inheritance we can leave to the next generation.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Complete recycling is a must.

Pet Friendly Notes

Yes! Dogs very welcome. Charlie would love to play with you! Bring a ball. Leave the boa constrictor at home. Ferets too.


Seasons Open

Open Year Round Except April, November, December


$40.00 - $290.00 nightly.


Locally or Family-Owned Business


LAKESHORE CABINS & VILLAS Our secluded lakeshore cabins are well spaced for privacy and completely equipped for light housekeeping. Each unit contains stove, refrigerator, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, utensils, pots and pans, dishes and all bath and kitchen linens. Each unit has its own deck, lawn furniture, charcoal grill. Cabins include private docks and a fireplace. Exception is Birchview, which has no fireplace.

Ash Cottage
A light, airy two bedroom with queen bed, two twin beds, bath with tub/shower, carpeted, fireplace, and large picture window overlooking the lake.

Aspenwood Cottage
Charming two bedroom with hardwood floors, a queen bed, two twin beds, bath with tub/shower, and fireplace.

Balsam Grove Cottage
Unique three bedroom on a hillside looking out over the lake, two double beds, two twin beds, bath with shower, carpeted, and fireplace.

Birchview Cottage
A one bedroom "honeymoon" cabin with queen bed, hardwood floors, tub/shower bath, and a spectacular view of the sunset to kindle (or rekindle) the romance in your life.

Spruce Haven Cottage
Cozy two-bedroom with double bed, two twin beds, bath with shower, carpeted, fireplace.

Towering Pines Cottage
Exclusive two bedroom with king bed, two double beds, bath with tub/shower, and wood burning fireplace. Located alone on a pine-studded point, just steps from the waters edge. This cottage is private and very special.

Cedar Haus Villas
Separate two-level units in a townhouse building. Each has a full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, utensils, and linens. The sitting area, with a fireplace, has sliding glass doors to a large lakeside deck equipped with table, chairs, and a charcoal grill. The first level also includes a king bed and a tub/shower bath. Upstairs there is another tub/shower bath with four queen beds in three rooms. The exception is #4, which has one queen bed and four twin beds in three rooms upstairs.

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