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Beaver Bay, Silver Bay: Travel, Hiking & Waterfalls along the Lake Superior Circle Tour

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A resort hotel near Beaver Bay, Minnesota

The community of Beaver Bay was founded in 1856 with docking facilities for steamships that traveled on Lake Superior. In its early days, it was one of the more active harbors along the North Shore. Today recreational vessels dock about 2 miles northeast at the Marina in Little Beaver Bay. Perhaps its most famous resident was Ojibwe mail carrier and fur trader John Beargrease the man honored by the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states.

Silver Bay, in the heart of the North Shore, came to life in the 1950s as a planned community, a company mining town built by the Reserve Mining Company, now doing business as the Northshore Mining Company. Travelers rushing by on Highway 61 can easily miss the town because it is built away from the lake shore. The taconite processing plant dominates the lakeshore but if you turn left at the stop light, you'll discover a fairly sizable town with shopping, lodging, and dining facilities. A trail head connects to a scenic portion of the popular Superior Hiking Trail. Day hikers can go north to Bean and Bear Lakes and Round Mountain. The Silver Bay Country Club offers an attractive, well-maintained 9 hole golf course open to the public.

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Beaver Bay, Mn
two harbors lighthouse

< < < Beaver Bay has a quilt shop which makes it a frequent stop for us (Jo's passion) and a nice rock picking beach
(how I kill time while she shops).

Go here for a listing of more Quilt Shops around Lake Superior.

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Beaver Falls
is only a short walk from "downtown" Beaver Bay. > > >


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< < < The Memorial Day Weekend 2004 rainstorm turned Beaver Falls into a raging giant!


Day Hike Trip Note: A nice 2 mile round trip day hike to the cascades (pictured at the right) above Beaver Falls can be had by taking Cty Rd. 4 north 1 mile to the Superior Hiking Trail Parking Lot.


Silver Bay, Mn

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The scenic overlook above Silver Bay, Minnesota.

Palisade Head

View of Palisade Head from the Silver Bay Lookout.
small arrow Palisades Head Scenic Lookout.


Silver Bay Golf Course, Silver Bay, Minnesota

The Silver Bay Golf Course is attractive, well-maintained, and fun to play.

A view from the Superior Hiking Trail over looking Silver Bay, Minnesota. The Penn Ave trail head in Silver Bay is one of the more popular access points to the SHT trail system. Silver Bay also offers shopping, lodging, a fine public golf course, and a modern Marina with over 100 boat slips.

Go here for more info about the Beaver Bay-Silver Bay tourism area

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Black Beach Campground & RV Park
Silver Bay, Minnesota

A Scenic Fall Color Hike

Andrew Slade, author of 50 Fabulous Day Hikes along Minnesota's Lake Superior Region, recommends the Twin Lakes Loop from Silver Bay for outstanding fall color and scenic views. The trailhead is near the Bay Area Historical Society Information Center in Silver Bay.

For scenic fall color hikes further up the North Shore, see our articles and pictures from our North Shore Fall Color Tour.

Tettegouche State Park

The western edge of Tettegouche State Park (more info here) borders Silver Bay but the entrance to the park is several miles down Highway 61. There is a nice visitor center there, hiking trails along the lakeshore with scenic lookouts, a full service campground, several interior hiking trails and some attractive waterfalls and cascades on the Baptism River.

Next Stop on Lake Superior Travel Tour: Cascade River State Park, Grand Marais and beyond 

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Duluth's amazing Bentleyville Duluth Christmas Lights Village.

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Duluth Holiday Events and Fun.

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Duluth's Enger Park and Enger Park Tower.

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Tall Ships Festival

Silver Bay - Heart of the North Shore

Visit the Silver Bay region of the North Shore for hiking, biking, golfing. lodging and relaxing . . . just a wee bit off the beaten path.

Silver Bay - Heart of Minnesota's North Shore

John Mirth of Platteville, Wisconsin
Grandma's Marathon
Minnesota North Shore

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Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden Enjoying lake breezes and views at the Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden - Canal Park.

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Gooseberry Falls
State Park

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Hiking and Camping Guides & Books

Fall color photos from Enger Park Tower
Skyline Drive offers best views of Fall Color in Duluth

About the Superior Hiking Trail

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Lake Superior Circle Tour Road Map & Guide to Travel Attractions around Lake Superior.

John Beargrease Race
John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
Duluth to Grand Portage
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Hotel, Motel Lodging
Duluth, Mn, Two Harbors, Grand Marais, Minnesota
North Shore

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