Dog Sledding Experiences

Dog Sledding behind an energetic team of huskies is an unforgettable Northwoods adventure in the Boreal forest. Gunflint Lodge is one of the few places you can experience this winter tradition in the Lower 48. All experiences start at our mushing tent with a propane heater inside to keep you warm before and after your tour. Begin your journey with “Tails from the Trails” and warm up after with hot cocoa and coffee.

Enjoy this short story from a previous Gunflint Lodge Musher: Sled Dogs on the Gunflint Trail

We offer different ride lengths with a variety of views of the Superior National Forest. While tours run daily, each time slot books for one musher, one sled, and max two riders. Larger groups should plan to spend the day visiting us or look into our Saturday Basin runs!

Maximum sled weight 350 pounds (combined weight of both riders with gear).

Payment required at time of reservation. Cancellations made more than 72 hours in advance will be refunded 50 percent. Sorry, but no refund will be made for cancellations with less than 72 hours notice.

The Basin

In the beginning and end of the season when the lakes and swamps are unstable, and on Saturdays and extended weekends, we offer tours with this secluded wilderness trail. This exhilarating ride covers about 1 mile and lasts approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Maximum sled weight 350 pounds.

First Rider: $129 | $119 for Gunflint overnight guests

Second Rider: $89 | $79 for Gunflint overnight guests

Children Ages 2-6 (must be accompanied by an adult): $69| $59 for Gunflint overnight guests

The Lonely Lake

A gradual climb through the woods takes you to this secluded wilderness lake. This exhilarating ride covers about 1.5 miles and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

First Rider: $175 | $159 for Gunflint overnight guests

Second Rider: $109 | $99 for Gunflint overnight guests

Children Ages 2-6 (must be accompanied by an adult): $79 | $69 for Gunflint overnight guests

The Highlands

This is an intimate trail through the woods, climbing up to a spectacular view of Gunflint Lake and the basin below. This ride covers about 3 miles and includes a big hill climb, and will last approximately 30 minutes.

First Rider: $199 | $169 for Gunflint overnight guests

Second Rider: $129 | $109 for Gunflint overnight guests

Children 5 & 6 (must be accompanied by an adult): $99 | $89 for Gunflint overnight guests

The Trapper Line

After completing the intimate Highlands Trail, you’ll continue on for an extended ride, giving you more time to enjoy the views and experience the thrill of the ride and the enthusiasm of the dogs. This scenic ride covers about 4.5 miles and will last approximately 45 minutes.

First Rider: $215 | $179 for Gunflint overnight guests

Second Rider: $145 | $119 for Gunflint overnight guests

Children 5 & 6 (must be accompanied by an adult): $105 | $99 for Gunflint overnight guests

Whether you are staying at Gunflint or staying on the North Shore and looking for a day trip adventure up the Gunflint Trail, come up to Gunflint and check this off your “Bucket List”. Call for availability and to reserve your tour!

Meet the Dog Mushers!

Hello! My name is Olivia, and I am thrilled to be up here in the beautiful north woods working with sled dogs! I grew up in Saint Paul, and recently graduated from College in Washington. It is my first season working at Gunflint, but I have spent many summers up the trail as a wilderness guide for teens in the Boundary Waters. In my free time I love to read, do water color paintings, listen to music, and hang out with the dogs. I am so excited for this winter!

“It was very evident the staff genuinely wanted us to have a great experience. The whole process-the background story, greeting the dogs, the ride itself, and the snack afterwards made it an experience very worthwhile.” 1/5/21 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hello, my name is Eric Leight. I’m from New Jersey, but have spent the last ten years traveling the US and the world. I am a Marine Corps Veteran and former Wildland Firefighter. In my free time I enjoy both playing and watching sports, as well as reading, writing and watching movies. My first experience with dog mushing came in 2018 in Cantwell, Alaska. I helped train dogs that would go on to run the Iditarod. I’ve always had a passion for dogs and that experience cemented that passion even more. This will be my first year with Gunflint and I look forward to a safe and exciting winter season!

“We enjoyed our Dog Sled experience very much. It was a “bucket list” thing to do, which we are very happy we did at Gunflint. Eric was a great musher and Mazzy gave a very nice introduction. The dogs were wonderful, too! Thanks for a fun vacation!” 1/19/21 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Please be sure to read about ride times for our Dog Sledding Experiences described above to ensure you book the ride that fits you best!

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Proposal Rides*

There is no more memorable way to start your life off together than with a proposal made in the intimacy of the snowy Northwoods. You’ll snuggle into the dogsled with your loved one. At the end of your ride you will roll out of the sled and stay on bended knee to “pop the question.” Head down to Justine’s for champagne or hot coco and a romantic lunch or dinner in front of the fireplace. Lonely Lake dogsled experience, California champagne toast and dinner for two $365 ($299 for Gunflint overnight guests). Please reach out to our Wedding & Events Manager to plan your proposal!

*Please call for availability

“?the opportunity of a lifetime, spending 40 minutes on a?dog?sled?gliding through the beautiful wilderness”

Al , 2018