Recreation at Tofte Lake Creative Retreat

Boats, hiking trails, bicycles and 12 acres of forest and lakeshore are available for our aritsts to enjoy while in residence. Kayaks, rowboats, canoes, paddle boards, sailboat, and bicycles are all on-site, and arrangements can be made for one-day excursions on other lakes in the Boundary Waters, as well. More adventurous guests can get outfitted for multi-day canoe trips into the Boundary Waters at Piragis Northwoods Company.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW)

Tofte Lake Center is nestled near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota. The largest wilderness area west of the Rockies, the BWCAW consists of more than one million acres of forest and 1,500 waterways that remain untouched by civilization. Its clear lakes and green pine forests are unlike any other wilderness in the world. Read more about it on the BWCAW website.

Other Local Activities

Just 15 miles away, the town of Ely features shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops with internet access, a bowling alley, a golf course, and unique museums.

Learn about the native wildlife in the region at the acclaimed International Wolf Center and The North American Bear Center.

Visit the home of one of Ely’s most well-known and colorful characters, the Dorothy Molter Museum.

For more info about events in the area, check out the BWCA info in this link.