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Sawtooth Mountains

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The Sawtooth Mountain Range stretches from the west side of Tofte to the east side of Grand Marais. It is made up of a number peaks, with the highest one reaching 900 feet over Lake Superior. While these peaks don’t rival other mountain ranges in height, the Sawtooth Mountain Range has a noteworthy silhouette. Looking at it from a distance, the peaks resemble the teeth of a saw with their uniform size, height and angles (hence the name Sawtooth Mountains).

The range was created by a combination of volcanic activity and erosion over the past billion years. Peaks include Carlton Peak, Leveaux Mountain, Oberg Mountain, Moose Mountain, Eagle Mountain, Murphy Mountain and Sawtooth Bluff.



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Gales of November

Monday, November 9th, 2015

U-A-hansel_bryan_111220-1056You’re wrong if you think there’s nothing to do on the North Shore during the fall/early winter season! As the seasons change and the temperature drops, Lake Superior becomes alive with the gales of November!

Gales are winds that exceed 39MPH. They are created by air pressure differences between low pressure systems and high pressure systems. The greater the difference, the higher the wind speeds are. These winds create enormous white caps just like you’d see in the ocean. You haven’t seen Lake Superior until you’ve seen what the gales do to the lake.

The gales of November have produced some of The Lake’s most violent storms, including the storm on November 10, 1975 that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald. In 2010, the Extratropical Cyclone hit Northeastern Minnesota with winds up to 65 miles per hour.

Although no one wants to find themselves in the middle of the Lake during one of these storms, many people head to the North Shore in hopes to view or surf (yes, surf!) the spectacular waves that these gales create. Ships also stay closer to shore during the early winter months (the waters are safer), so it’s the best time to spot ships along the North Shore.

Don’t forget to pack your surfboard on your next trip to the North Shore. Or, leave it at home and plan on sitting back, with camera in hand, to enjoy the sometimes 15-foot waves splashing against the rocky shore!



Posted in Fall Events, Outdoor Activities, Travel, Uncategorized, Views and Scenery, Winter Events |