There aren’t many sandy beaches along the North Shore of Lake Superior. In fact, there are only a few. However, there’s a stretch of beach within walking distance from Canal Park that has beautiful fine-grained sand. It is known as the Franklin Square/12th Street Beach and is a perfect spot to enjoy a day at the beach. Tree protection from the busy streets make it a peaceful and an incredibly enjoyable spot to visit. And, the beach provides respite to many travelers (especially those with kiddos) who need a break before traveling up the shore from the south.

Along the beach are hiking trails, swimming access and bird watching spots for visitors to enjoy a day in the sun and away from all the tourist attractions. The waves crash along the shore during the windy fall and winter months that make for a wonderful sight to see.

To get there: Along highway 35 follow signs for Lake Avenue. Take Lake Avenue all the way across the Lift Bridge until you see signs for 12th Street Beach.


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