I saw the topic on lodging near the kawishiwi river and it reminded me to ask where everyone stays before entering brule. Previous trips we have left at night and drove straight through to pick up the permit and head straight in, I really don't like doing it that way though.
We'll probably be making it to tofte around 7 at the earliest, I considered just staying at the americinn to make permit and bait pickup the next morning a breeze. Any better suggestions? I'm open to anything that gets us on brule the earliest.
I assume you are saying you will get to Tofte by 7pm the earliest. Unless you somehow pick up your permit at either the Tofte or Gunflint station before they close, you will still have to drive back to the Shore to pick it up.
If quickness to the entry point is your goal, I think you are better off staying closer to Grand Marais. After picking up the permit, from Grand Marais take County Road 8 to 57 at Devil Track Lake, follow through to FR158 heading to Eagle Mountain, then take FR170 to FR326 which leads to Brule Lake. There are lots of choices of lodging around Grand Marais including Devil Track and Two Island Lake, if you are leaning toward SNF campgrounds.
Yes I should have specified 7 p.m. I would love to get there earlier so we could have permit in hand but we have to wait for my cousin to drive the initial 5 hours from missouri before we can leave my house in iowa.
Thanks for the options, I will weigh these out and try to find the best one for our group.
When I go to Brule (went twice last year) we stayed the night before at Temperence River State Park.
Both times we left the Twin Cities after work and got to the park fairly late (after 11pm), one time we had a reservation the other time we just did the first come first served sites.
Temperence is maybe a mile away from the Ranger station where you can pick up your permit early the next morning.
We get up early, go get our permit, hit the holiday gas station to buy bait and then grab breakfast at the Lockport Restaurant/Store and then head up to Brule. Without rushing around and not being at the ranger station as early as possible we were still on the water before 10am. If you were at the Ranger station when they opened and you didn't go out for breakfast you could be on the water much earlier than that.
The one thing I do to make life easier when doing this is I bring an extra tent and extra sleeping bags so that I don't need to unpack any of my trip gear in order to camp that first night at the state park. It saves time setting up and also packing up. I usually just fold the tent and lay it in the back of the suv so it can dry out while I'm on my trip.
I've stayed at Superior Ridge Resort and Motel in Schoeder 3 times now. Very nice rooms, bigger and cheaper than the Americinn in Tofte and only about 5 miles from the ranger station. I think you get a discount if you mention their website.
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