The Gunflint Trail, a designated Minnesota and U.S. Scenic Byway, is the gateway to the vast wilderness country of northeastern Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. To help you figure out where we are–from Duluth, Minnesota you take Hwy 61 NE along the north shore of Lake Superior for about 100 miles to the small Scandinavian village of Grand Marais. From there the paved Gunflint Trail goes into the wilderness country for 55 miles, ending at Saganaga Lake. You drive through a thick forest of pines, aspen, birch and cedar as you wind through the Laurentian highlands and cross the divide into the headwaters of the Arctic watershed. This is perhaps Minnesota’s last true wilderness, where the animals still outnumber the people.
Historically, this area was home to the Chippewa Indians, who hunted, trapped and harvested wild rice throughout the area. The first European explorers to visit the area were the Voyageurs, seeking beaver pelts from the Indians, and the missionaries. Then came the prospectors and trappers, followed by the beginning of sportsmen seeking new fishing opportunities in virgin lake trout lakes. Eventually a few small resorts opened up and a scattering of city folks built homes on the shores of the beautiful lakes, with water so pure that to this day many still drink water directly from the lake.
Just 5% of the lands are in private holdings, with the rest of the land owned by Minnesota or the U.S. government. The Gunflint Trail is one of the primary starting points for canoe trips into the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the largest canoeing wilderness in the lower 48.
Owning a property along the Gunflint Trail comes with a responsibility to join us in being good stewards to our lands and waters. We live in an area where there are still more animals than people and our community is still driven by the dictates of nature. Here we live in harmony with the area—enjoying the fishing, berry picking and hunting, the sounds of the wind in the trees, the calling loons, and the northern lights. The air is fresh and clean, the neighbors are friendly and helpful, and we enjoy a life without the challenges of big city living. It is an area where homeowners come to peel away their stress, to relax, and to renew themselves.
A variety of second homes and lots are on the market each year and this site features some of the properties that I have listed along the Gunflint Trail. They range from undeveloped lots (wooded lots and lakeshore property) to lake homes (both seasonal and year around). Log cabins and stick built homes are in the mix.
For my personal credentials—I was born and raised here on the Gunflint. When I was a child our only neighbors were the Native Americans and they shared their woods skills with me as I came of age and started to guide guests in the wilderness. Our family business was Gunflint Lodge and Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters where I grew up and spent my career managing the properties. Now my wife and I are retired from that endeavor, still live on the Gunflint Trail, and I have a bit of a second career in selling real estate. I am an agent with the Lutsen Real Estate Group and specialize on properties along the Gunflint Trail. Having lived at Gunflint for over 75 years I can share with you the area history, the fishing, the wilderness canoe routes, the geology of the lands, the community support structure, who built most of the community homes, who manages the roads, what kind of fish are in each lake, and if you are nice, I will even share some of my secret blueberry picking spots with you.