Enjoy the splendor of winter in the North Woods while sampling the activities it has to offer. Dogsled across frozen lakes. Cross-country ski through snow-covered pine forests. Snowshoe under the stars. Enjoy the benefits of a wood-fired Finnish sauna, followed by a refreshing dip in the lake. Relax at night by a cozy fire in the lodge recounting the day’s adventures.

DAY 1: Meet at Severson Dells at 8am and head to Duluth, MN. We will spend the afternoon/early evening with The Duluth Experience and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the Arts Community, Restaurants and Breweries of Duluth and get a chance to get to know each other before heading up to the Boundary Waters the next morning.

DAY 2: The trip starts in the late afternoon at Camp Menogyn near Bearskin Lake in the Boundary Waters Conservation Area. To reach the lodge we will hike about a mile across the frozen lake. Upon arrival, settle into your accommodations before enjoying dinner. Afterwards, gather around the wood burning stove for introductions to dogsledding and learning how to dress for the weather.

DAY 3: After breakfast, break into groups for half or full day activities. Options include dogsledding, hiking to Caribou Rock, snowshoeing down the Back Trail, cross-country skiing to Rose Falls, or trying your luck ice fishing (don't forget your license) . Enjoy dinner with the group before experiencing the stillness of a North Woods winter evening. Sleep under the stars in a quinzee tonight, if you’d like!

DAY 4: If interested, rise early to assist the mushers with feeding and caring for the dogs before enjoying a warm breakfast. Try a new adventure or develop a recently learned skill as you decide between half or full day activities. A relaxing afternoon by the lodge's wood burning stove is always an option, too! Enjoy one last dinner and then brave the sauna and a polar plunge in the lake, if you dare.

DAY 5: Early risers can enjoy one last ski or snowshoe outing before breakfast. Afterwards, pack and transfer personal gear back across the lake for the trip home. We will then hop in the vans and head back to Rockford

Travel, Terrain, Etc...

TERRAIN/ROUTE: You will ski, snowshoe, and sled over lakes and through the woods. The frozen lakes provide level and open terrain. Portage trails through the woods can be hilly. The Boundary Waters offers a wide range of route options from easy to very difficult, perfect for a beginner or expert.

TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: You will use cross-country skis, snowshoes, dogsleds, and pulk sleds. Pulks are one-person sleds, powered by another individual, used for transportation. An average day consists of 2-6 hours of activity, depending on weather conditions. Dogsledding is extremely dependent on weather, snow conditions, and the dogs. You can expect at least a 15 minute ride, but if conditions are right plan on a much longer experience. Travel distances vary from 3-8 miles per day. No previous experience is needed to participate on this trip.

WEATHER: Temperatures in the winter months range from -40 F to +40 F. With proper gear and clothing you can stay very comfortable.

Please register by December 15th, 2019

$1,100 members

$1,300 non-members

All travel, lodging, food and beverages are included in the cost of the trip.

Packing List

Please contact Ann Wasser with any questions or for more details- ann@seversondells.org or 815-335-2915