National Forest Lodge

A Winter Recreation Experience for Traditional Cross Country Skiing and
Snowshoeing Amidst The Majestic Red and White Pines of
Superior National Forest.
Rustic… Remote… Tranquil…Unforgettable!

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Directions To The National Forest Lodge

National Forest Lodge is located in the relative wilderness of the Superior National Forest; 7 miles north of Isabella off of State Highway 1. The drive is approximately one and a half hours from Duluth and four hours from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Both routes described below will get you here.  GPS, MapQuest or Google Map directions are generally unreliable up here, so use ours instead.  Your last chance to top off your gas tank is either Two Harbors or Silver Bay.  The lodge address is actually 9905 National Forest Lodge Road. A green street sign and a business sign to the left of our drive mark our entrance.  We're between mile markers 317 and 318 on Highway 1.

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Direct Route:

Take Highway 61 north from Duluth to Two Harbors. From Two Harbors, take County Road 2 north and follow the County Road 2 signs to Ely and Isabella (about 50 miles) until you get to State Highway 1. Make sure you follow the signs for Lake County 2 and Ely/Isabella as you will need to take a short jog on Forest Road 11. When you reach Highway 1, turn right going east approximately 6 miles to the lodge. Keep an eye out for our sign on the left after Mile Marker 317.  There will be a row of yellow marker signs with arrows guiding around a sharp right curve before our road.

Scenic Lake Shore Route:

Take Highway 61 north from Duluth about 5 miles past Silver Bay. Right after mile marker 59 turn left on State Highway 1 (just past Tettegouche State Park) and follow Highway 1 to the lodge, 7 miles north of Isabella.  Keep an eye out for our sign on the right after Mile Marker 318.  There will be a row of yellow marker signs with arrows guiding around a sharp right then left curve shortly before our road. It's also the next right immediately after the Lake Gegoka public boat landing turn off.

Things To Remember:

Moose and deer are common, so be watchful. All the roads you’ll use are paved and well maintained in the winter. Always use caution, since both routes have some narrow sections and a few sharp curves.  Go slow!  Cell phone coverage is spotty in this area or non-existent for some carriers.

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