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Two Harbors Breakwall

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Two Harbors Breakwall

One of Two Harbors many famous attractions, the Two Harbors breakwall, is really a spectacular piece of art. Native Americans first called this place Wass-we-winning, or “place to spear fish by torchlight”, and the first European settlers actually set up shop right here in 1856.

You will find the breakwall at the end of a parking lot in Two Harbors. It is made of giant boulders stretching out almost one-third of a mile through Agate Bay. Agate’s Bay harbor is home to the industries that were most influential in making Two Harbors known: lumber and pulpwood, commercial fishing, and iron ore industries. As you walk out to the wall you will notice dock number 1, which was the largest iron ore loading dock at the time.

dsc_0096_2The breakwall itself is extraordinary. Its huge boulders and cement walls stop the waves from crashing into the shore and give the harbor calm waters for boats to pass through. A hundred years ago the breakwall was not connected to the shore. Instead, a lighthouse keeper had to paddle out to the end to fuel the oil lamp in the lighthouse. Imagine having that job!

To get there: in Two Harbors, turn toward Lake Superior off of Highway 61 onto Waterfront Drive/6th Street. Follow the brown signs directing you to the Breakwall at Agate Bay.


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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.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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