Silver Bay, Little Marais, Finland

The perfect spot to tour the valleys and ridges that lie inland from Lake Superior’s coast. From Silver Bay you can climb up away from the big lake through the forests to Finland,. Then choose side trips to one or two state parks and return down the ridge, with glorious panoramas of Lake Superior, to Highway 61.

 

Things to do in Silver Bay / Little Marais / Finland

City of Silver Bay Library

9 Davis Drive | Silver Bay, MN 55614

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

6282 Cranberry Road | Finland, MN 55603

Wolf Ridge, which sits on a spectacular 2000-acre site above Lake Superior, is internationally know for its top-notch outdoor learning and adventure programs. They offer multi-day family camps, summer camps, wilderness adventures, and grandparent/grandchild Road Scholars in addition to hosting… see more

Wolf Ridge, which sits on a spectacular 2000-acre site above Lake Superior, is internationally know for its top-notch outdoor learning and adventure programs. They offer multi-day family camps, summer camps, wilderness adventures, and grandparent/grandchild Road Scholars in addition to hosting school groups year-round. For a shorter experience, reserve a naturalist-guided half-day Split Rock Kayak Tour or drop by to explore the trails, overlooks, and educational displays.

Bay Area Historical Society

80 Outer Drive | Silver Bay, MN 55614

Open seasonally; a small collection of local artifacts and exhibits; acts as the Silver Bay Visitor Center, too. Hours Memorial Day to Labor Day :: 10am-4pm daily Labor Day to October 15 :: Friday- – Sunday, 10am-4pm

Open seasonally; a small collection of local artifacts and exhibits; acts as the Silver Bay Visitor Center, too. Hours Memorial Day to Labor Day :: 10am-4pm daily Labor Day to October 15 :: Friday- – Sunday, 10am-4pm

Stops Along the Way

 

Silver Bay Marina (mile marker 53.7)

Spacious slips for daily or seasonal rental, a picnic area, amenities in the marina shop, a short hiking path and a top-notch view of ships being loaded with taconite at Cliffs Natural Resources dock.

 

Palisade Head (mile marker 57.0)

Seasonal wayside that climbs to the summit of this shoreside cliff. Stunning views!

 

Tettegouche State Park (mile marker 58.5)

24/7 restrooms, a cafe, trails, camping, remote historic lodging, skiing, highest waterfalls entirely within MN [and a bonus, Illgen Falls on the way], snowmobiling and all kinds of topography at the mammoth Tettegouche State Park.

 

Little Marais (mile marker 62.0-66..0)

Illgen CIty is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, two-business town at the crossroads of Hwy 61 and MN Hwy 1. By comparison, Little Marais bustles over its 3 miles with shops and lodging choices and the other entry/return point from Finland. Very friendly shopkeepers!

 

Finland, Mn (mile marker 65.2+)

At the crossroads of MN Hwy 1, the Little Marais Rd and the Cramer Rd, set in the picturesque valley behind the Sawtooth range. A couple of restaurants, a couple of state parks, a couple of backroads, a couple of attractions. This is what a number of the small shoreline villages were like 25 years ago.

 

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