Hiking Mount Josephine on Minnesota’s North Shore

woman overlooking lake superior from Mt Josephine

Mount Josephine is just five miles from the US/Canada international border. The hike to its summit is one of the most beautiful in the state. Don’t miss it if you’ll be in the Grand Marais/Grand Portage area! Why You’ll Love the Mount Josephine Hike It’s Challenging If you start at the trailhead (more on that … Read more

The Best Hiking Trails on the North Shore

Lake Superior cove surrounded by rocky cliffs

Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the best hiking destinations in the Midwest. During your stay at Okontoe (or on your way up or back), be sure to take some time to explore at least a couple of these. Hiking is so good along the North Shore that an entire trail system … Read more

Day Canoe Trip to Stairway Portage

2 women in a canoe with their paddles raised

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota is one of the world’s top destinations for canoeists. And Stairway Portage is one of the best day trips in the BWCA. The entrance point only about 15 minutes from Okontoe. So it’s not only one of the best day trips along the Trail, it’s the easiest … Read more

8 Short & Scenic Gunflint Trail Hikes

man on honeymoon bluff overlooking big lake at sunset

During your visit to Okontoe be sure to take advantage of the great hiking opportunities along the Gunflint Trail. Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail is sandwiched on either side by one of America’s most unspoiled wilderness areas, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Located in the northeast corner of our state, this 56-mile road begins in Grand … Read more

God’s Opportunities

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by Nancy Patten “We are near the end of all things now, and you should therefore be calm, self-controlled men (and women) of prayer. Above everything else, be sure that you have real deep love for one another, remembering how love can ‘cover a multitude of sins.’ ” 1 Peter 4:7-8 (JB Phillips) The times … Read more