Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society


Naturalist presentation on Chik-Wauk's Rubaboo Road hiking trail


Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center


A comfy reading corner allows Chik-Wauk visitors to settle in with a local author's book. Perfect rainy day spot!


In 2013, the GTHS oversaw the restoration of the iconic Gunflint Trail entrance signs.


Kids participate in a journal making workshop on Chik-Wauk's grounds.


Moose family on Chik-Wauk's nature trails


Resort exhibit at Chik-Wauk Museum allows visitors to peep in the Gunflint Trail's resort history.


View from Blueberry Hill, a favorite destination for Chik-Wauk hikers


Naturalist program on Chik-Wauk's front porch


A favorite exhibit is the Voyageur bales, which allows visitors to see if they can lift the weight of a bale - 90 lbs!


Loon nesting platform in Chik-Wauk's bay

Keep Gunflint Trail history alive! Your support keeps Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center strong.

What's your Gunflint Trail story?

Everyone has a Gunflint Trail story to tell. In 2005, the Gunflint Trail Historical Society (GTHS) formed to preserve those stories. During its first five years, the GTHS restored and converted the old Chik-Wauk Lodge -- located on Saganaga Lake, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail outside of Grand Marais -- into Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. The museum opened on July 4, 2010 and to date has welcomed more than 35,000 visitors.

2013 Highlights:

  • Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center's fourth season attracted more than 8000 visitors.
  • The Gunflint Trail Historical Society coordinated the restoration of the historic Gunflint Trail entrance signs (bear in a motorboat and Voyageur carrying a canoe) in downtown Grand Marais.
  • Gunflint Trail Explorers, a self-guided, family focused naturalist program launched. (
  • With this year's temporary exhibit on the Gunflint Trail's First Pioneer Family, museum visitors learned the amazing history of the Charlie and Petra Boostrom family of Clearwater Lake.


At Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, visitors discover the story of the Gunflint Trail through interactive displays, videos, and a reading library. Exhibits focused on seven key groups of people in the region: Prehistoric, Native Americans, Voyageurs, Miners, Loggers, Resorters, and Current Residents. The museum is ADA accessible, kid-friendly, and open every day, Memorial Day weekend through MEA weekend in mid-October.


A network of hiking trails crisscross Chik-Wauk's 50 acre grounds of wetlands, wildfire regeneration, and granite ridges. You'll find year-round opportunities for birding, berry picking, wildflower viewing, and even moose spotting on these trails. Two of Chik-Wauk's seven nature trails are ADA accessible. During the summer, the museum offers a variety of naturalist programs, including nature hikes and kids' activities.


The GTHS continues to move forward with its mission of preserving Gunflint Trail history. The Society actively works to develop historical archives, design new interpretative displays, and conduct oral history interviews. The GTHS Board of Trustees is currently developing plans for a nature center building which will house permanent exhibits on the Gunflint Trail’s natural history, as well as provide presentation space for naturalist programs in addition to much needed storage and office space.

Your support strengthens the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. Thank you for keeping Gunflint Trail history alive!

Please use the designation field to let us know any restrictions on your donation, or if you'd like to remember or honor an individual with your gift. In case of memorial or honorarium gifts, please also provide us with contact details in the designation field if you'd like us to acknowledge the gift to a specific individual. If you use the preset donation amounts and leave the designation field blank, we will process the gift as a membership dues payment. Contact us with any questions you may have at or 218-388-9915. Thanks!

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