Big Bear Lodge , Boundary Waters Lodging,Gunflint Trail (Eastern BWCA), BWCA, BWCAW

Big Bear Lodge

Gunflint Trail (Eastern BWCA)

Big Bear Lodge

7969 Northwoods Loop
Grand Marais, MN   55604

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Contact Information:

Proprietors: Ida & Andy
Direct Phone: (218) 388-0172


Big Bear Lodge is a small family owned and operated wilderness resort located on Poplar Lake, just off the historic Gunflint Trail in the Arrowhead Region of northeastern Minnesota. Originating in the early 1900’s Big Bear is one of five founding resorts on the Gunflint Trail. Our traditional one-room cabins have warm wood throughout with log beams, fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. There are 6 lakeside cabins and 3 private guest rooms (perfect for before and after a Boundary Waters trip) in the newly refurbished lodge. The lodge has 2 large Rumsford fireplaces, with casual seating and great view of the lake, very large lakeside screened in porch and Gift Shop. All cabins have modern amenities, including a full kitchen, & 3/4 bath. All guest rooms have one queen bed each and private baths. Lakeside sits a handcrafted sauna for guests to enjoy. Poplar Lake has 3 BWCA entry points and we offer free canoe/kayak usage for those who like a casual day on the lake. Big Bear is a four-season resort - 3 Cabins are available for winter stays. Home made Artisan Pizza's made fresh by Ida can be had as long as ordered 24 hours in advance & cabins are all dog friendly.

Main Amenities:

  • Lake Access - Direct Access to beautiful northwood lake
  • Outdoor Recreation - Boating, canoing, swimming, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking.
  • Restaurant - Restaurant or Bar facilities
  • Cabins - Cabins rentals
  • High Speed Internet -  At the Lodge
  • Lodge
  • Store

Additional Amenities:

  • Hiking Nearby - Nearby hiking trails
  • Canoes - Canoe rental
  • Pets Allowed - Pets/Dogs allowed
  • Motor Boat Rental
  • Fishing - Nearby fishing available
  • Birding
  • Fireplace in Room
  • Fishing Boats
  • Kayaks
  • Kitchenette
  • Sauna
  • State/National Park Nearby

Additional Amenities:

  • Non-Smoking Rooms - Non-smoking rooms and cabins
  • Private Docks/Slips - Private Docks with some cabins
  • Coffee Maker
  • Data Ports - Wifi in Lodge
  • Gift Shop
  • Pontoon Rentals - Pontoon