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Dog Sledding

North Shore Dog Sledding

Now here's something not everyone can do on their Minnesota winter vacation - go for a dog sled ride! Back in the day, this was the only way to get around the North Shore. Now it's a tradition kept alive by a handful of kennels and highlighted by the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, named for the legendary mail carrier who ran supplies and mail at the turn of the 20th century.

Winter Vacation Experience of a Lifetime

Snug into a dog sled and enjoy the ride of a lifetime as a team of hand-chosen sled dogs carries you through a winter wonderland. Or drive your own sled under the guidance of one of the top mushers (dog sled drivers) in the nation.

Dog Sledding Tips

  • Wear layers of clothes, especially warm boots, mittens and a hat
  • Don't forget sunglasses and a neck gaiter or scarf
  • Bring a snack and a water bottle
  • Ask questions
  • Listen to the dogs / observe the way they work as a team
  • Bring your camera
  • Yes, it's very safe!

Dog Sledding Trips

Winter Rec Center in Lutsen

Short, hour-long dog sled rides are offered weekends just down the road from Caribou Highlands Lodge. Local musher's will take you for a ride over the golf course with Moose Mountain ski runs rising to the north and Lake Superior spread out to the south. Plan an adventure day - go for a dog sled ride, try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and wrap up with cocoa and a fantastic hot meal at our on-site restaurant Moguls Grille & Tap Room. Stop by or check at the front desk for details.

Arleigh Jorgenson Sled Dog Adventures

Top mushers Arleigh and Odin offer half- and full-day trips where you drive your own sled and team or they will tuck you into a cushioned sled bag and take you on a one- or two-hour scenic ride. Ride through the woodlands and meadows of the Kadunce River valley, past beaver ponds, through maple forests with breaks for spectacular views of Lake Superior. Stop by or check at the front desk for details.

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