When most people think of Gooseberry Falls State Park, they think of the well-known falls that reside within the park. Though we certainly think the falls are incredibly beautiful, we also think the falls undermine another gem in the park: Agate Beach.
Agate Beach is found at the mouth of the Gooseberry River, where the water from the river meets the shore of Lake Superior. As its name suggests, the beach is a great spot for searching for prized Lake Superior Agates.
One of the most beautiful things about the beach, besides its intrinsic beauty, is the ever-changing beach and sandbar. Each season affects the formation differently. Melting snow in the spring results in a heavy flow of forceful water flowing down the river whipping out the sandbar. Calmer summer weather builds up the sandbar and fall’s powerful storms (and, of course winter’s beautiful ice formations) shift the rocks even more. Since the beach is constantly transforming you’ll likely feel like you’re on a new beach each time you visit.
After you’ve spent time at the beach, be sure to check out the Belle P. Cross anchor nearby and the Picnic Flow, a bed of ancient rock formed by lava over a billion years ago. Log and stone picnic tables build by the Civilian Conservation Corps are available on the rock and in surrounding areas.
To get to the beach, drive to Gooseberry Falls State Park (around 13 miles north of Two Harbors on MN-61). Take a right into the park and follow the signs down to the lakeshore parking area. After parking, continue by walking down to the mouth of the Gooseberry River.
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