National Forest Lodge

Nestled in Minnesota's Superior National Forest Wilderness
A Century Of Simplicity, Comfort and Quiet
Reconnect With The Natural World
Ski - Bike - Hike - Paddle - Escape - Relax

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What To Bring

Be sure to pack everything you need. The nearest stores are at least a half hour drive.

Packing checklist:  (To print out a PDF copy of this checklist click here)

  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bag or sheets/blankets
    (Click the cabin links on our accommodations page for bed sizes and floor plans)

    Our beds have zippered nylon clamshell liners over the mattresses. They are not waterproof though, so please bring appropriate mattress protection when necessary.  Replacement cost for soiled mattresses will be charged to the guest's account. The Big Pines Getaway (aka Log Home) beds HAVE pillows and comforters, but you still need to bring sheets or a sleeping bag & pillow cases. The White Pine Retreat includes all bedding. Rustic Cabins and Big Pine Shorty's(#5) DO NOT include any bedding.  Guests have been bringing their favorite bedroll to the NFL for years and it helps us keep costs down.

  • Bath towels
  • Personal toilet items – soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
  • Minnesota Ski Pass - Purchase Online from DNR.  We groom the trails, but they are located on Superior National Forest land and are public.   No pass is required on the snowshoe trails.
  • Water bottle for cabin and trail
  • Insulated cup for beverages around sauna and hot tub (glass & bottles prohibited in these areas)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (It’s VERY dark on the grounds at night)
  • Swimsuit for sauna & hot tub
  • Water shoes or sport sandals for shower, sauna, polar plunge and hot tub activities
  • Books - magazines - board games
  • Snacks
  • Wine, beer, spirits or soda.  Our cold well water tastes great – so no need for the bottled stuff.
  • Extra shoes or slippers to keep your cabin floors clean, dry and free of sticky pine sap.
  • Fishing gear - Minnesota fishing license - Online Purchase bait in Two Harbors on your way up.  Once you're here, the closest live bait is in Finland at the Maple Grove Motel - a half hour south on Highway 1. 
  • Cross country ski equipment/waxes, snowshoes and other recreational gear - we do not have any ski equipment to rent or buy and a limited number of loaner snowshoes available
  • Dressing for blisters (in case you overdo it in your new ski boots)
  • Appropriate clothing (It's Minnesota - all weather is possible at all times - bring layers!)
  • Fanny pack or backpack
  • Cell phone – Verizon & AT&T get 1-2 bars. We have a guest phone and free high speed WIFI to access in the dining hall.
  • Extra cash for tipping our great kitchen staff and musicians
  • Food supplements for a restricted diet; a fridge, hot water and a microwave are available in the dining hall (we offer vegetarian alternatives at meals, but are too small to accommodate more restrictive diets)
  • Your smiling face!

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