Join other friends of the Banadad and Gunflint Trails at one of the Banadad’s Tree Planting Weekends. At Poplar Creek Guesthouse and cabins two weekends have been dedicated to helping reforest the area around the eastern end of the Banadad Ski Trail.
Over the last four years the carbon produced by the equipment used to maintain and groom the Banadad Ski Trail has been sequestered in tree planting. This carbon offset will continue this year.
Four Hundred Red and White Pine seedlings will be planted along and near the eastern end of the Banadad.
The Tree Planting Weekend Special is $89/person plus tax and includes two nights lodging with Barbara’s famous breakfast each morning, one lunch, planting instructions, planting equipment and tree seedlings,
During the May 4-6 weekend. For those interested one lunch and dinners on Friday and Saturday at Gunflint Lodge is available for an additional $48 as part of the Annual Gunflint Green Up.
For those that do not need overnight accommodation but would like to join in on the planting - meet 10:00 A.M. on either of the two Saturdays at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B.
For information on the Banadad Green up Lodging and/or tree planting phone 800-322-8327 or if calling from Cook county, 388-4487.
While Little Ollie and the smaller lakes froze over more then a week ago, Poplar Lake just froze last night. Today the surface of the lake is cover with a thin ice sheet but with little or no wind and temperature expect to be around 10 degrees tonight, Poplar should get a good layer of ice by tomorrow.
Meanwhile around Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B there is about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Friday, November 25 the Lace Lake, Seppala and Tall Pines Ski were packed. Sunday, the east end of the Banadad was packed up to the Logging Camp.
A big holiday present to those waiting to ski the Banadad. On December 21 we finally removed the last of the brush and down trees blocking the Banadad Ski Trail. While we still have a bit more clean-up of some of the ice/snow cover brush over hanging the trail, at least you can get through. The Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knopp and 4 kilometers of the east end of the Banadad Trails are tracked. Depending on snow condition the remainder of the Banadad should be traced by mid next week.
There is now over a foot of snow and it is still snowing. We have been out rolling the Banadad- setting the base. When this is completed we will be setting tracks. It is anticipated that the east end of the trail near the B&B, cabins and yurts should be tracked and ready to ski within a week or so. The remainder of the Banadad to the West end will not be open for another two week. You can keep posted on trail conditions by going to the Banadad Trail Association's website .
The Banadad Trail Association's Annual Meeting and Potluck is scheduled for 5:00 PM, Saturday October 24 at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Dr. on the Gunflint Trail. The meeting will be followed by a social get-together and potluck dinner. Anyone interested in and/or who skis this unique Boundary Waters trail is invited. Bring dish to pass.
Prior to the meeting the North Stars Ski Touring Club will spend the day clearing the Banadad. The public is invited to join-in. Meet at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse at 9:00 AM if you would like to help. Wear work clothes including water proof boots and bring your lunch. Tools will be provided.
For additional information on the Meeting, the Potluck and the trail workday contact 218-388-4487.