Schroeder / Tofte Area

Settled by foresters and fishers, Schroeder and Tofte are side-by-side small towns. In 1895 the Schroeder Lumber Company settled on the Cross River, cutting trees, shooting logs down the river and rafting them to Duluth and Ashland, WI. Meanwhile just up the road in 1893, twin brother John and Andrew Tofte and brothers Torger and Hans Engelson arrived from Norway and settled down to commercial fish.

Both towns are clustered along Highway 61 with Temperance River State Park in between, connected by the bike trail and bisected by backcountry roads ideal for a driving forest tour, a way to inland camping, boating and berry picking, and nice fall color tours.

Things to do in Schroeder / Tofte

Sawtooth Oufitters
Sawtooth Oufitters

7213 Highway 61 | Tofte, MN 55615

With great rates, excellent service, a convenient location and quality equipment, Sawtooth Outfitters should be your first choice for BWCA canoe outfitting, kayak rentals and tours, as well as bicycle rentals and service. Stop in to check out our outdoor… see more

With great rates, excellent service, a convenient location and quality equipment, Sawtooth Outfitters should be your first choice for BWCA canoe outfitting, kayak rentals and tours, as well as bicycle rentals and service. Stop in to check out our outdoor gear store where you will find a wide variety of products to fit the needs of any outdoor enthusiast. Whether you are visiting the North Shore looking for fun and adventure or planning a wilderness canoe trip, we are here to help.

Waves of Superior Spa
Waves of Superior Spa

10 Surfside Drive | Tofte, MN 55615

At Waves of Superior Spa, nurturing you is our second nature. Our treatments and services are inspired by our natural surroundings, which are spectacular, pristine and holistic. Waves of Superior Spa takes its cue from the greatest of lakes. Clean and… see more

At Waves of Superior Spa, nurturing you is our second nature. Our treatments and services are inspired by our natural surroundings, which are spectacular, pristine and holistic. Waves of Superior Spa takes its cue from the greatest of lakes. Clean and pure. Powerful and peaceful. The sound of the lapping waves will calm you. The roar of crashing waves against the rocky coast will touch your soul. And the cool mountain air will refresh you with every deep, restorative breath.

Taconite Harbor

Highway 61 | Schroeder, MN 55613

Once a little hub of 21 prefab homes for workers at Erie Mining, ‘Tac’ Harbor is now just a harbor with a public boat launch, safe harbor, and clear views of the occasional ship that brings coal to the adjacent… see more

Once a little hub of 21 prefab homes for workers at Erie Mining, ‘Tac’ Harbor is now just a harbor with a public boat launch, safe harbor, and clear views of the occasional ship that brings coal to the adjacent power plant.

North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum

7136 Highway 61 | Tofte, MN 55615

Learn about commercial fishing, past and present, at the fishing museum, where many artifacts from families’ of the original settlers are on display. Continue your education along Bluefin Bay’s Lakewalk leading west.

Learn about commercial fishing, past and present, at the fishing museum, where many artifacts from families’ of the original settlers are on display. Continue your education along Bluefin Bay’s Lakewalk leading west.

Schreoder Area Historical Society

7932 Highway 61 | Schroeder, MN 55613

Displays of fine art and craftwork by several local and regional artists can be enjoyed and purchased at the Cross River Heritage Center, which is housed in the 1929 Stickney Inn and has historical exhibits and information.

Displays of fine art and craftwork by several local and regional artists can be enjoyed and purchased at the Cross River Heritage Center, which is housed in the 1929 Stickney Inn and has historical exhibits and information.

Stops Along the Way

 

Cross River Falls (mile marker 78.8)

 

Pull over and pull out your camera! A quick walk brings you center stage of the Cross River Falls, especially rambunctious late-April into May, but always a scenic sight. The south side bridge overlooks the top of the lower falls and river gorge.

 

Temperance River State Park (mile marker 80.4)

 

Hike to the gorges north of the highway at Temperance River State Park. Steep drops to the rapidly flowing river require a bit of caution. A safer route is to the south of the highway over the footbridge and down to the river mouth and shoreline.

 

Heartbreak Ridge (mile marker 80.4+)

 

A top-notch fall color drive and lovely drive through the woods any other time of year. Drive north on the Temperance River Road for 5.1 miles, then head east on the Six Hundred Rd [you’re on Heartbreak Ridge] 4.9 miles. Return 5.5 miles down the Sawbill Trail to Tofte.

 

Tofte Ranger Station (mile marker 81.8)

Get info about everything to do in the woods at the Tofte Ranger Station.

 

Tofte Park (mile marker 82.4)

Donated by the eldest daughter, Elizabeth, of original settler John and Cecilia Tofte, the park features two cobblestone bridges and a cobblestone wishing well plus a picnic site and open shelter.

 

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