UMD – Welcome Home Freshmen

Frost River Daypacks in the store

Our friends at the University of Minnesota Duluth are hosting a “Welcome Home” event for new incoming freshmen complete with music, food, and folks from the community representing the culture of Duluth. We’ll be there with a bunch of packs, bags, stickers, and welcoming cheer.  If you’re an incoming UMD freshman, stop by, say hi, and see what we’ve been making in Duluth!

It’s that time of year where students of all ages are heading back to school. A time for lists of school supplies, lunch boxes, new clothes, and don’t forget a trusty pack to carry all that good stuff!

If you’re new to the area, need a back to school bag (we’ve got some new exciting stuff, exclusive to the store, to offer), or just want to have a free cup of coffee and chat, we’d be happy to have you over.

Welcome Home to Duluth!


UMD Welcome Home Freshmen: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday August 27, 2016

All others… stop by the shop, we’re open everyday, hours and location can be found here


Outdoor Retailer – Summer Market 2016


The largest outdoor sports show in the land. The bi-annual Outdoor Retailer event in Salt Lake City is host to buyers, retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers. It gives us the chance to meet new retail partners and reconnect with familiar friends in the industry. Everyone brings their new stuff to OR, it’s a great place to spot trends and keep up to date in the field. We’ll be in booth 63 August 3-6, 2016.

Boundary Waters Expo 2016

Boundary Waters Expo on the Gunflint Trail at Seagull Lake

The second annual Boundary Waters Expo is taking place June 11-12, 2016 on the Gunflint Trail in NE Minnesota canoe country. It’s a family-friendly, hands-on event with fun for everyone. There’ll be speakers, activities, demonstrations, vendors, and more! Feel free to bring your canoe pack with tent, camp gear, and canoe and make a full weekend with us in the woods on the shore of Seagull Lake.

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day Boat Show

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day Boat Show

You’re invited to Spooner, Wisconsin to celebrate all things wooden boats at the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day Boat Show. The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum has been hosting the annual event for the past seven years and this year continues the tradition of free family fun with wooden boats in all shapes, sizes, condition, and vintage. There’ll be food, drinks, music, and plenty of wooden boat revelry.

Join us in front of the WCHM at 312 Front St., Spooner WI from 11am – 4PM
Saturday May 28, 2016

Paddles Up, Party Down at Able Brewing




“Let’s start the portage season with some folks who know their way around a j-stroke.”

Able Seedhouse and Brewery is gathering outdoor minded folks along with Friends of the Boundary Waters for an evening of paddling revelry, map discussion, trivia, and enjoying a beer.

We’ll be gathering at the Able Taproom in Minneapolis, MN May 18th from 4-9 pm


Paddles up, Party Down!

Festiversary 2016

Festiversary 2016 at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Festiversary at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. | May 14, 2016  | 2pm – 8pm

1912 W. Michigan Street & Behind 1910 W. Superior Street

Our neighbors at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. are throwing a party for their three year anniversary and it is going to be the best yet! There’ll be a block party with brews, bands, food trucks, Frost River bags, and skate demonstrations, our neighbors at Damage Boardshop are celebrating their 11th anniversary! We’ll be offering games, family fun, canoe inspired shenanigans in the back lot at Frost River. It’s a community celebration commemorating three years of the Bent Paddle crew “bending tradition” by making great beer their own way and giving back to the neighborhood and fellow paddlers.  

Come Celebrate on the 14th… Cheers!

2016 Continental Bike Swap 4/23-24


Frost River will be a vendor at the 2016 Continental Ski & Bike Bike Swap! The Swap is April 23-24 10-5 & 11-3 and sales benefit the United Way. We’ll have our bike bags and packs and will be there to help usher in bike season in Duluth!

For more information on the event, including how to donate or buy a bike, visit their website here.

2016 Spring Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo 4/22-24


We’re headed to Minneapolis for another Outdoor Adventure Expo at Midwest Mountaineering! We’ll be bringing a wide assortment of our Reliable Softgoods – from Canoe Packs and Day Packs to Bike Bags and Shoulder Bags – and will be there all weekend. It’s a one stop shop for gear, wanderlust and planning. There’ll be everything from new and old gear from bits and bobs, to boats and tents, not to mention talks from experts in travel, adventures, camping and expeditions. The show is open 4/22 Friday 2–9:30, 4/23 Saturday 9–6:30, 4/24 Sunday 10–5

For more information and the calendar of talks and events, visit the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo Website

Earth Day Celebration

Friday April 22, 2016 4-7pm at the Frost River shop at 1910 West Superior Street in Duluth, MN

We’re throwing an Earth Day Party and you’re invited! The doors are staying open late Friday evening at Frost River, feel free to browse the store and enjoy food, fun, and prizes.

There’ll be ham and cheese croissants from Duluth’s Best Bread for sale, Love Creamery’s ice cream cart will be serving their “heavenly handcrafted ice cream” in the store, local author Robert Lillegard will be signing copies of the newest edition of the Duluth Grill Cook Book II. Stop in and spin our prize wheel and win some fun prizes. It’s going to be great evening celebrating the Earth and handcrafted local wares. It’s a great way to start an Earth Day weekend, give yourself a good start to do something good for the Earth this weekend!

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

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A three day Christmas festival with shopping and fun for the whole family! The Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt offers a traditional German Christmas experience placed in a open air market near Minneapolis, MN on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 27th – 29th. There are parades, gifts, great things to eat, a Kinderworld for the kids, and a beer garden for the grown-ups. We’ll be there with a load of packs and bags, ready for a fun filled weekend! It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt