Guided Wild Mushroom Hunts

 In the Minnesota wilderness with Mike Kempenich, certified wild mushroom identification expert

Although most people think of the Pacific Northwest when they think wild mushrooms, it may surprise you to learn we have the same species available right here in Minnesota, from May through October. In fact, we even have a few very rare edible and delicious species that are unique to us! We also have another advantage. As beautiful as mountains are they make for a serious workout, often at higher elevations that are additionally physically taxing. Foraging wild mushrooms in Minnesota means all of the beauty of our pristine forests, remote wilderness areas and more than 12,000 lakes--- but almost none of the more difficult terrain. Whether you are completely new to foraging or a more seasoned hunter, we can create an exciting and memorable adventure for you!

Like to get a better feel for a day in the woods with us?

Watch the video at the bottom of this page!

Full-Day Foray


Half-Day Foray

Your adventure begins at 9 a.m., meeting Mike at a pre-determined location. For over 5 hours you will be guided through the forest, learning about Minnesota mushrooms, flora and fauna. At the conclussion of your trip, Mike will personally inspect all mushrooms to ensure edibility for your home use.


Cost: $79 (3 person minimum) Contact Mike directly to discuss available dates and locations.

If you're a slightly more seasoned mushroom hunter,  this is the trip for you! You'll spend a full day foraging with Mike in the Minnesota forests and leave understanding more about mushrooms, with tricks for finding them, and how to make your own hunts more successful.


Meet Mike at a pre-determined location and spend the next 8-9 hours in the woods with him. Learn how to make your own hunts more successful as Mike educates you on the "why's" and "where's" of pinpointing wild mushrooms in Minnesota.


Cost: $125 (3 person minimum) Contact Mike directly to discuss available dates and locations.

Overnight Adventures


Several times per year The Mikeology Store offers 2-day overnight adventures in the Minnesota wilderness. If you're looking for a unique and more rugged experience, this is it

Meet Mike at the base-camp in one of his many pre- scouted locations in the northern half of Minnesota in the evening and enjoy happy hour! Spend the following day in the woods picking and learning with Mike and his crew and enjoy your afternoon lunch in the field while discussing the mornings hunt.


That evening, enjoy a gourmet meal showcasing the wild mushrooms foraged that day while sitting around the fire with your beverage of choice and telling tall tales. Sunday morning brings a quick breakfast and a return to the woods for more foraging until early afternoon, when we wrap things up, inspect all mushrooms for edibility and say goodbye until next time!


Cost:  $180-$300 Please check under the group event tab for more information, dates and specific costs.

Sunday Hunt-n-Munch


Sundays ,from July untill November (weather permitting), The Mikeology Store offers a guided hunt in the morning, followed by a delicious mushroom BBQ in the downtown Minneapolis warehouse district at Bunkers Music Bar and Grill.  Special guest chefs from Minneapolis/St. Paul restaurants join us throughout the summer, creating a casual social atmosphere. These events provide a fantastic opportunity to meet new and interesting people, forage for wild mushrooms and delight in a spectacular BBQ featuring your day's finds!


Cost: $80 guided hunt and BBQ, excludes drinks


BBQ only: $22


Keep up with the latest news on our scheduled Sunday at "The Minnesota Mushroom" Forum on facebook!

Our 2014 Lobster Mushroom Jamboree with Chef Scott Pampuch and musical guest Rob Wheeler in the George Washington State Forest of Northern Minnesota.

Executive Forays

Corporate Team Building

Your client will experience a unique adventure. This environment creates the perfect setting in which to conduct business, with none of the normal pressures of the office settings and semi-social gatherings. You will have all the time you need to really get to know your business partners and to make a lasting impression as an original thinker. Your trip will be catered to meet your exact needs and is organized on an individual basis to ensure the most memorable impression possible for your client.


We also offer packages which team Mushroom Mike with nationally recognized hunting and fishing guide Matthew Bruer of North Country Guide Service. These package trips offer the ultimate opportunity to create lifelong memories while hunting black bear, ruffed grouse or ducks in the mornings and evenings and foraging mushrooms during the day. Fall is the best time of the year for mushrooms and these trips are absolutely incredible!


Call or write for rates and availability.





Our 2014 Black Morel Hootenanny in the Chippewa National Forest of Northern Minnesota with Chef Alan Bergo of The Salt Cellar

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