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Agate Beach

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Agate Beach Gooseberry Falls

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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North Shore Fishing

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Fishing the North ShoreGiven that it is home to the largest body of freshwater in the world, there are plenty of spots to fish on the North Shore!

Options include fishing on Lake Superior, its tributaries, or on number of the inland lakes and streams that hold a variety of different fish. Lake Superior is best known for its lake trout and salmon, the streams are perfect for trout and salmon, and the inland lakes hold a ton of walleye, small-mouth bass, northern pike, and perch. If you have a boat, perfect, otherwise there are plenty of fishing guides or boat rentals available for you to purchase.


Outfitters include:

Fishin’ Chics and Dad: 1-800-795-8068 • Full or half day trips, shore cruise or pelagic tours
Fly Box & Company: 218-370-9659 • • [email protected] • Guided fly fishing trips on inland lakes and tributaries. Half day and full day options available.
Gunflint Lodge: 1-800-328-3325 • Guided day-long fishing packages
Joe’s Inland Charter Fishing: 218-387-2483 • Full and half day trips, pontoon available for large groups
Tofte Charters: 218-663-9932 • Full, half and quarter day trips, scenic charters
Skarupa Secret Lures: 218-370-1010 • Fishing charters
Grand Marais Charters: 218-370-5800 • Fishing charters

Great spots to fish without a boat are:

Hogback Lake (40 acre lake located close to Isabella, MN): Accessible fishing pier perfect for rainbow trout and splake. From Hwy 61 MM 60, drive north on the MN Hwy 1 for 22 miles, turn east / right on the Wanless Road for 11.9 miles

Crescent Lake (755 acre lake located by Grand Marais): Accessible fishing pier perfect for Musky, Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch. From Hwy 61 MM 83.2, drive north on the Sawbill Trail for 17 miles, turn west / right on the Wanless Road for 11.9 miles

Sawbill Lake (833 acre lake located near Tofte, MN): Known best for walleye, rock bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike. From Hwy 61 MM 83.2, drive north on the Sawbill Trail for 23 miles.

Licenses and bait and tackle can be found at most gas stations and outfitters along the shore and up the Gunflint Trail. Some of these include:

Beaver House (Grand Marais): 218-387-2092
Buck’s Hardware (Grand Marais): 218-387-2280  • Bait, tackle, licenses, maps, hunting supplies
Clearview General Store (Lutsen): 218-663-7478 • Bait, tackle, licenses
Super America (Grand Marais): 218-387-2766 • Bait, tackle, licenses
Holiday (Grand Marais): 218-387-1043
Holiday (Tofte): 218-663-7882 • Bait, tackle, licenses, fishing and hunting supplies.

Reminder: If you are fishing for trout, you will need a trout stamp.


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