Route Overview map

At Bearskin Outfitters we try hard to find the perfect route for your trip.  With an unlimited number of variations, your route can feature great fishing, wildlife, scenery and beautiful campsites.  Use the map below as a starting point to see some of the routes we use.

Crocodile Base Camp

Crocodile lake is the place to go for great walleye fishing and solitude.   Adventurous paddlers can start at the vegetable chain and portage into the east end of the lake, either returning the way they came or paddling to Bearskin.

 

Rose Lake Trip

On of the best known trips on the Gunflint, Rose lake is among the most scenic lakes in the area.  Either camp on Duncan, or traverse the famous stairway portage to Rose Lake.

 

Johnson Falls Loop

The shortest of a series of loops leaving right from Bearskin, the Johnson Falls loop is one of our favorite routes.  With lots of exploring, great fishing and the best waterfall in the eastern BWCA, it is an ideal 3-5 day loop.

 

Poplar to Winchell Loop

An easy loop through prime moose territory.  Short portages, great campsites, and many side trip opportunities define this route.

 

Ram Lake to Morgan Lake

A scenic route containing some very challenging portages.   Some of the small remote lakes on this route offer good trout fishing.

 

Seagull to Red Rock Loop

This loop travels through some of the largest lakes in the area.  With many rocky islands and deep bays, there is endless exploring to be had.  Omitting Grandpa and Roy lakes turns this into a minimal portage route.

 

Bearskin to John Loop

A medium length loop starting and ending at Bearskin, this route features the Pikes, two beautiful lakes with great camping and good fishing.  Along the some portages you will also have the chance to connect to the Border Route hiking trail, giving you access to stunning overlooks.

 

Banadad Lake loop

A challenging, but very remote loop.  This route contains some of our favorite BWCA campsites

 

The Granite River

The Granite River is one of the few extended river routes in the area.  Mostly slow moving, the river can be paddled in both directions and incorporated into longer routes along the border.  Scenic rapids and blueberry filled rocks dot the landscape of the Granite River.

 

Round lake to Gabi Loop

This route travels through many large scenic lakes filled with great campsites and lake trout.  Most of the portaging is fairly easy, but the 420 rd port between Missing Link and Tuscarora keeps out the crowds.

 

Bower Trout to Poplar

This route travels through many large scenic lakes filled with great campsites and lake trout.  Most of the portaging is fairly easy, but the 420 rd port between Missing Link and Tuscarora keeps out the crowds.

 

Frost River Route

The Frost river is thought of as one of the best wilderness routes in the BWCA.  With  many portages and some long stretches between campsites it best for intermediate to experienced paddlers.  It is one of the few routes that is depended on water level, and is easiest in the early summer or spring.

 

Bearskin to the Fowls Loop

The longest loop leaving from Bearskin, this route takes you up to the Canadian Border and to the very eastern edge of the BWCA. Highlights include the Royal River, Johnson Falls, and many long high sided lakes.   With good multi species fishing, great campsites, and unbeatable scenery this a great route for someone looking for a longer trip.

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