The Gunflint Trail Historical Society acknowledges Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located on traditional and ancestral lands of Indigenous People, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe people who cared for and continue to be stewards of their homeland.

The etymology of “Chik-Wauk”: Chik-Wauk is an interpretation of an Ojibwe word meaning pine tree or white pine tree.  Similar Ojibwe words of the same meaning are shingwauk, chingwauk and zhingwaak.


Discover history's wild side!

Housed in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge on beautiful Saganaga Lake, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the area's cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn about the Gunflint Trail's prehistoric beginnings and people who helped shape today’s unique, rural community, including Native Americans, Voyageurs, miners, loggers, resort owners and current residents.

A network of nature trails crisscross Chik-Wauk’s 50-acre grounds. Plan to immerse yourself in the Gunflint Trail forest with Chik-Wauk's family-focused, naturalist program.

To reach Chik-Wauk, follow the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Road 12) 55 miles from Grand Marais, MN to Moose Pond Drive (Cook County Road 81).  Turn right and travel 1/4 mile to the entry gate for Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

Your membership with the Gunflint Trail Historical Society provides the support to keep Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center strong and gives you free access to the museum. Please join today.



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