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: Chris & Allison Short
Direct Phone: (218) 388-0172


Big Bear Lodge is a small, family owned and operated 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. The main lodge has 2 large Rumsford fireplaces, casual seating with great views of the lake, a very large lakeside screened in porch, a bar, and a gift shop. Homemade, artisan pizza is available to order either fully baked or take n' bake.

Big Bear has 6 lakeside cabins available to rent. All cabins have modern amenities, including a full kitchen, and a 3/4 bath. Cabins are dog-friendly with a nightly pet fee. There are also 3 private lodge rooms in the main lodge with a 1-night minimum, perfect for before and after a Boundary Waters trip. All lodge rooms have a mini-fridge, microwave, and a private bath. Both cabin and lodge room guests have access to bonfire pits, grills, and the main dock.

A handcrafted sauna sits lakeside for guests to enjoy. Poplar Lake has 3 BWCA entry points and we offer free canoe, kayak, and paddleboard usage for guests. Fishing boats and pontoon available to rent as well as snowshoes in the winter.

Main Amenities:

  • Lake Access - Poplar Lake
  • Outdoor Recreation - Boating, canoing, swimming, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking.
  • Restaurant - Restaurant or Bar facilities
  • Cabins - Cabins rentals
  • Bar/Lounge
  • 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
  • Campground
  • 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
  • Fish Cleaning House
  • Gift Shop
  • Pontoon Rentals - Pontoon