Northern Tier will offer a lottery for 2020 summer reservations and 2019-2020 Okpik winter reservations.

Registration for the lottery is open from Tuesday January 8, 2019 until Tuesday January 15, 2019.

Okpik 2019-2020 Lottery Form

Summer 2020 Lottery Form

  • Entry into the lottery opened at 9:00 am CST on Tuesday January 8 and will close at 5:00 pm CST Tuesday, January 15.
  • Crews selected for a Northern Tier Trek will be notified by email by Feb 1, 2019.
  • Crews selected in the lottery will need to submit their $800 per crew deposit by Feb 22, 2019.
  • Any crews not selected will be notified by Feb 1 and a list of alternate dates will be provided.
  • Available trips after lottery will be opened on a first-come, first-served basis on Feb 15, 2019.
  • Only one entry per unit will be accepted. If there are duplicate entries for a unit, those entries will be discarded. Please designate only one individual to make a lottery entry.

Summer and Winter trip fees are available!

Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions.
(218) 365-4811

Summer Program Updates

  • Bissett Crews will be required to book a minimum 8-night trip.

Winter Program Updates

  • Dog Sledding Programs have been split into two distinct Programs:
    • Basic Dog Sledding which includes the traditional Okpik Musher Camp and Dog Sled Trek. Both programs stay on or near Northern Tier. These programs are great for beginning winter campers due to their proximity to the Base and fewer miles travelled.
    • Advanced Dog Sledding these crews will travel much further from the base, some
      crews departing from a remote location. These crews will encounter harsher conditions. This program is recommended for crews with previous winter camping experience.
  • The Okpik-Kapvik program is now part of the lottery program – for Okpik programs you can now choose your location, Ely, MN – Okpik or Twin Lakes, MI – Okpik-Kapvik. Both programs offer the same great Northern Tier Okpik Program, with subtle program differences. More details can be found at

General Updates

    • BSA Youth Protection Updates (October 2018): While planning your trip make sure to keep the updated Youth Protection and Adult Leadership requirements in mind. You can always find the most up to date information in the Guide to Safe Scouting:
      • Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. (FAQ’s)
      • All adults accompanying a Scouting unit at Northern Tier must be a registered leader with the Boy Scouts of America.