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Poplar Lake

Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604
+1 218-388-2214
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My favorite place on planet Earth!

My wife's grandfather bought a cabin on Poplar in the 50's and she made her first trip up here as... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kevin R
via mobile
Absolutely beautiful!

This lake is absolutely beautiful!! We canoed and kayaked around the islands with our 7 yr old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Williams Bay, Wisconsin
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Entry point to many lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
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Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN 55604
+1 218-388-2214
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife's grandfather bought a cabin on Poplar in the 50's and she made her first trip up here as an infant. We spend 3 weeks here every summer. Over many years, I have fished this lake with success. Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and...More

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This lake is absolutely beautiful!! We canoed and kayaked around the islands with our 7 yr old daughter and we just loved it! So quiet and the sunsets...they will leave you speechless!!

Thank juliemack2017
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Our lodging was on poplar lake. Such a beautiful place. Great place to see moose, bear and wolves. Wonderful lake to canoe on and fish!

Thank K1313L
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Poplar Lake is one of the best lakes on the Gun Flint Trail. It is located about midway up the Trail, behind Trail Center Lodge, and has a number of bays. Excellent for beautiful sunsets and wildlife. We saw an eagle catch and eat a...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Beautiful lake with islands. Entry to the BWCAW. Easy portage to other lakes, or just fun staying on this lake for a short trip. Outfitters with canoe rental available on Gunflint trail.

1  Thank Anita D
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

The first large lake located adjacent to the Gunflint Trail. Located about half the way up the trail. With four resorts, three restaurants, three bars, and one canoe outfitter, Poplar lake offers a beautiful large but not too large lake with many islands, miles of...More

1  Thank Mr_PeteBurnsville
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Beautiful area, gives on a typical view of the whole area. Worth a visit, half way up the Gunflint trail from Grand Marais. We often stop at the historic/rustic Trail Center restaurant for lunch. Now a friendly refreshing stop with a great view of the...More

1  Thank charlesdeutschland
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Caught northern, small mouth, and walleye. Easy lake to navigate with lots of hidden coves that are protected when it is windy. Seems like all of the coves held nice small mouth that kept the grandson very busy and happy.

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Wonderful lake full of islands and nature. Easy water to canoe and kayak in very clean and full of wildlife

1  Thank lfuerstenberg
Reviewed 7 June 2016

I wish the weather and fishing were better. But the lake was fantastic. For boat owners watch for rocks.

1  Thank bdressel71
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21 June 2016|
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Response from Scott S | Reviewed this property |
The shoreline is mainly rocky and water can be deep near shore but it is refreshing. Most of the resorts on the lake have swimming areas. Plus literally no weeds!
Marietta D
2 June 2015|
Response from Scott S |
Motorized boats are allowed with no motor restrictions. However lake and shoreline is very rocky so be cautious when traveling. You will see a more canoes and kayaks on the lake than motor boats most days but very scenic.