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Poplar Lake

Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Grand Marais
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Canoeing
Description: Entry point to many lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Poplar Lake is about thirty miles up the Gunflint Trail, a national scenic highway. If you're looking for a beautiful drive through some of the last wilderness area in the state, the Gunflint trail takes you deep into the hear of the BWCA. The lake sports several fine resorts, a public access and four portages into the Boundary Waters Canoe... More

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Osceola, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We have friends that live on Poplar Lake and we visit them every year and have stayed at their home there. Lots of fish to catch, great for canoeing or swimming. Lots of peace and quiet. It is about 35 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais. Huge, beautiful pines and fresh smelling northern air!

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Nice place to go fishing. There are bunches of Small Mouth Bass and Lake Trout as well as Walleye. All of them are so delicious. Afford a fish license ! And go for it!

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bethel mn usa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This lake has it all, enter into the BWCAW from here. Good fishing, resorts to stay at, like Trail Center Lodge, with bed/breakfest places and camp grounds with in the area. public landing to the lake with large parking lot.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We entered the BWCAW from here, and its a beautiful lake. Because of its very irregular shape and many islands, its hard to find the Lizz portage, but you'll get there eventually!

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

thank goodness this was the last stop on our trip. we (rented from an outfitter) kayaked this gorgeous lake for two days. It is oddly shaped with about 20 islands, creating beautiful nooks and crannies and vistas every which way you look. We saw a few canoeists and although the lake allows motors, it was quiet and peaceful during our... More

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Orlando, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My wife and I did a two week tour of several cities in Minnesota, including Grand Marais, Duluth & Hibbing. We were up there to escape the Florida heat and didn't really know what we were going to do, but turned out to have a really great vacation. Please see my other posts regarding lodging, meals, etc. if you are... More

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Schaumburg, IL
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2009

My wife and I have vacationed at the Norwester on Popular Lake for five years and are going back this summer for a 10 day stay. The Norwester and the lake are a great place to watch, listen, and just be, plus spend as much time as you want tekking about, ghosting along the lake, or exploring the back roads.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2008

I have been up to Poplar Lake 3 times, stayed at Old Northwoods Lodge. Everything is great. The dogs run out to meet you, no doors are locked, in fact they don't even have locks, the sauna is open and warm, just take a canoe if you want one. The other side of the spectrum from red tape and frustration.... More

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oak forest, il
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2007

We had a cabin on Poplar Lake for many years. To me Poplar Lake is Heaven. I would move there in a heart beat and anyone who does not stop at Poplar Lake for their vacation is a fool. It is the place to me. I give Poplar Lake a 10+.

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