-National Geographic Traveler
Has it been a while since you’ve been up the North Shore? Welcome back. Businesses are excited to re-open for the summer and happy to have strong, practiced protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.
On July 27 the CDC issued guidance for areas with notable upticks in COVID-19 cases and high levels of transmission. Lake County is one of the 14 counties and includes the communities of Two Harbors, Castle Danger [Gooseberry area], Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, and Finland.
The recommendation is for everyone whether you are vaccinated or not. Wearing a mask means protects yourself and the communities you are visiting. If these measures are not taken, you will see an uptick of attractions, parks, shops and restaurants return to curbside only.We are moving into a post-pandemic world and we all want to get out; this means lodging is booking up and the shore is busier than usual.
Restaurants pages now have a ‘near me’ map feature and you can sort by type
Shop pages can also be sorted [think grocery stores on the shore, gift shops near me, etc]
Maps page gives an overview of road construction
One of the unexpected outcomes of the pandemic is more and more people are enjoying being outside, which is what the North Shore is all about. If you’re new to the outdoors, I highly recommend visiting state parks. They are an excellent gateway to exploring Lake superior, rivers, waterfalls and the surrounding forests.
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Drought has made for high/very high fire conditions and restrictions are in place. DO NOT have any fire without asking if it is allowed. Be exceptionally careful if you are grilling. If you smoke, do not put your butts out on the ground and never leave the butt on the ground.
I’ve talked to a couple of old-timers who say the North Shore hasn’t had this kind of drought since 1976. While care is in order, so is adaptable exploring. I am spending my time walking almost empty river beds, seeing gorges and canyons that I have never seen before. You can find info about rivers on the Waterfalls page, including directions and maps.
More outdoor fun – a new section of the paved Gitch Gami bike [and walking] trail has opened connecting to Grand Marais. Midpoint of the trail is the Fall River waterfalls – just a trickle but also has views of the river mouth and Lake Superior.
For in-town fun, I’ve got loads of events listed – everything from Harbor History Tours to Naturalist Programs to Festivals to Exhibits – and many, many are FREE!
Start your plans here with a description and mile by mile guide to each of the 10 areas of the North Shore, and while on the shore use the site as a reference with the app-like Restaurant and Shop features and all those trail maps!
As always, be flexible, don’t litter, and remember you don’t have to hurry to slow down,