Gustavus Recreation Program

This program is intended to provide a greater number and variety of recreation opportunities for Gustavus students. While not limited to outdoor activities, Gustavus and the surrounding areas have a plethora of hiking, biking, boating and other outdoor opportunities. We encourage students to get out and about and to be active and involved outside of the academic environment.

Trips and Events

  • Minnesota River canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor games at 7-mile park
  • Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding on Lake Emily
  • Rockclimbing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Bread baking
  • Pickleball
  • Bowling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Photography
  • Biking
  • Bonfires
  • Ice Fishing
  • Curling
  • Card games
  • Escape Rooms
  • Birding
  • Flyfishing

Trips during Breaks

  • Fall Break to Forestville State Park (Canoeing, caving, hiking, camping and fishing)
  • Touring Week trip to Ely (XC skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing)
  • Spring Break trip the Buffalo River in Arkansas (Canoeing)

"By the end of the trip, I felt significantly closer to

other students with diverse backgrounds, who I would

never have talked to before this trip." - Student

Lending Program

A considerable amount of camping equipment as well as hammocks, stand up paddle boards, a couple kayaks, and bikes have been purchased for use in a lending program so you can go out on your own whether or not there is a planned event. Check out the Lending Program.

Equipment Lending Request

 Please feel free to contact Mark Hanson if you are interested in being involved in planning or leading a trip or have a recreational idea of your own.

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