Recreation Staff & Outdoor Educators

Lutsen Resort's activity and recreation staff are trained professionals who live and play in the North Shore of Minnesota. They love to share their knowledge and skills with our guests. Join them in a variety of activities at the resort and in the surrounding North Shore area. Whether you are looking for a peaceful early morning stretch, a hike along a cascading waterfall, or an exciting cross country ski tour, we know our staff will enhance your stay!




Adam Krey

Director, Recreation and Activities

Adam is originally from the Driftless Area of Spring Green, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Since then, a tour of the West Coast working in Outdoor Education, Wilderness Therapy, and guiding trips by land and water have forged many wonderful experiences. Sharing the wonders we find in the fresh air of the forests and open waters is what he enjoys most. Before coming to the North Shore he worked on a sport fishing boat, and led kayaking and hiking trips from a remote lodge near Kodiak, Alaska. Some hobbies of his include backpacking, skiing, biking, kayaking, painting, and playing the guitar.

ACA Level 3 Sea Kayaking Instructor

Wilderness First Responder



Kristen Reich

Assistant Director, Recreation and Activities

Originally hailing from the windswept plains of Bismarck, ND, Kristen is beyond excited to be at Lutsen Resort for her first year as Assistant Director of Activities and Recreation!  Kristen landed at Lutsen Resort after completing her Master’s degree in Recreation Management at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Before that, she was privileged to spend a year as a Graduate Naturalist just down the road at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN, which inspired her to keep wanting to share the magic of the North Shore and its stories with others.  Kristen’s first experience in Northern Minnesota was a dogsledding trip during her time in college at the University of Minnesota.  This trip immediately led her to fall in love with the area, and she is so excited to have guests experience the special things that it has to offer!  In her spare time, Kristen loves cooking, crafting, socializing, kayaking, music, and spending time with her beloved pets, Dakota the horse and Binkers the bunny

Wilderness First Responder

Wilderess Water Safety







Molly Rider

Guide, Local Guru

Growing up in Lutsen, Molly has spent many summers paddling the Boundary Waters and the shores of Lake Superior. Molly just graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and is currently splitting her time between guiding at the Resort and working as a graphic designer for an advertising agency in Duluth. Molly’s hobbies include whitewater and sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, fishing, knitting, making greeting cards, skiing, trail running, and exploring.




Adrian Hess

Guide, Local Guru

A Lutsen native, Adrian still revels in the beauty of the North Shore whenever he gets a chance. After a few years of adventures abroad and in the West, Adrian is glad to be home and looks forward to exploring more of the boreal forest and taking in the everchanging views of Lake Superior. Some of his enthusiasms include biking, hiking, rock collecting, fishing, snowboarding, and homebrewing.





 We're currently putting together a great crew of summer guides. Stay posted for more staff bios...come join us on a tour!





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