A sign on the recently completed shelter along the North Country Trail in Hubbard County reads: “Near the trail, by a pond, shelter.”
Thanks to Lamb Weston /RDO for a generous grant to the Itasca Moraine (ITM) Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) that made the new trail shelter possible, according to ITM member Bruce Johnson.
“It was built by ITM volunteers embracing a full team ahead attitude,” he said. “Materials were brought to the Amikwik campsite site using wheelbarrows. No small effort as it is well over a mile from the trailhead to the campsite where the shelter was built. All contributed to the best of their ability. At that, a shout out goes to several younger, stronger volunteers who stepped up to help with the heaviest lifting.”
The campsite has three improved tent sites, a fire ring and a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness-type latrine. Now there is a shelter for overnight use by hikers. Guests are asked to “leave no trace.”
For more information about the campsite and the hiking trail nearby, contact ITM Chapter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Country Trail Association’s interactive map for this trail section is at https://bit.ly/2VvbXEy. Hiking maps can be downloaded from https://northcountrytrail.org/maps/mn_map_series_020_052_northcentral_mn.pdf (to print out) and/or https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/850596 (to use with the Avenza Maps app). The shelter is found on map #34 just East of Mile Marker 181.5. This is an approximately 1.8-mile hike in from the parking lot off of County Road 4 and Halvorson Forest Trail, which is located about 7 miles north of Emmaville or 2.6 miles south of Lake George. Approximate GPS coordinates for the Amikwik campsite and shelter are 47.155296 -94.958607.
Learn more about ITM at northcountrytrail.org/itm and or https://www.meetup.com/Chip-NCT-hikers/ and follow the North Country Trail in Minnesota at www.facebook.com/NCTinMN.