The North Shore area has a long history of dog sledding. John Beargreast was a legendary figure, carrying mail up and down the shore by dog sled in the winter and a small boat in the summer. Named in his honor, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the largest dog sled race in the lower 40 states each year, attracting teams from all over the world. Additional local races include the Gichigami Express and Gunflint Mail Run. Numerous local mushers participate in these local races as well as the famous Iditarod in Alaska.
|Many local mushers offer dog sled adventures. These can range from short local rides up to multi-day excursions deep into the wilderness. Ice fishing on a remote wilderness lake, accessible only by snowshoe or dog sled, is a once-in-a-lifetime "bucket list" item for many people. |
Pictured to the right are Bill and Rita Wehseler of Stoney Creek Kennels. When she's not tending to her dogs, Rita works at Cascade Restaurant.