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“Great starting point for a BWCA adventure”

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Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters
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37 reviews
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“Great starting point for a BWCA adventure”
Reviewed July 30, 2011

Sue and Andy who run the lodge are incredibly knowledgeable about the area, and very warm and friendly.

We spent a night in one of the bunkhouses (very clean and we had it to ourselves so it was private) and rented a canoe from them for a week-long canoe trip. We had already had a route in mind, but they suggested other places that we "simply shouldn't miss", and their advice was absolutely spot on. So glad we were able to get their suggestions before we headed into the BWCA!

The lodge is increadibly clean, everyone we encountered was very friendly, and overall very reasonably priced for what was one of the best vacations of our lives.

It's a fair drive to get there, but the added effort to drive out of Grant Marais simply adds to the solitude you're able to get in the canoe area.

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Reviewed June 7, 2011

I have never used any of the other outfitters on the Gunflint Trail, so I have nothing to compare to, but our experience with Andy and Sue was top-notch! We brought our two sons, 16 and 12, with us to spend 6 days on the most amazing paddling, backpacking and fishing experience of our lives. We called them several times before the trip and they were so helpful with hints and advice and counsel. They were always willing to take the time to make sure all our questions were answered.

Sue got us checked in and we spent the first night in one of their bunkhouses. Andy recommended we use one canoe which ended up being the best decision we made for the whole week. Thanks, Andy! Even after the first day we couldn't imagine using 2 canoes. Being in one was an easier paddle, portage and better for communication. It was better for bonding! What's remarkable is that Andy recommended one canoe, knowing it would mean less money for him. That's character!

Tuscarora has an amazing young staff, but they are "over-qualified" according to Sue. She was proud to have them all!

The outfitters property was spotless and efficient and warm. I recommend getting the breakfast - they treat you like kings.

Upon our return 6 days later, we got showers with fresh towels (this was a luxury after 6 days in the bush!) and then Andy spent some intentional time with us to discover how our trip went. He was genuinely interested.

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Property: Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters
Address: 193 Round Lake Rd, Grand Marais, MN 55604-2092
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
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Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #8 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Grand Marais
Number of rooms: 6

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