Skating and Sliding; Rinks & Hills on the North Shore

What better place to have Jack Frost nippin’ at your nose than a skating rink or sliding? If your pleasure is casually carving out a figures eight or an impromptu hockey game, lace up your skates and hit the ice. Duluth maintains over 60 rinks plus a speed skating oval.

Grab your sled (or pick one up at a general store or gas station) and pack down a path. Grand Marais has a sliding hill in the Grand Marais Rec Area, just off Hwy 61 in town.

Even if you’re not much of a skater, you can be a spectator. On any given weekend in Duluth you’ll find hockey leagues of all level playing and at Chester Bowl you can watch local youth practice at the speed skating oval.

Noted below are public skating rinks. Most rinks are open midweek afternoons and evenings, and all day weekends. They are free of charge. Those with bathrooms tend to sell refreshments. It is best to bring your own skates, since rentals are far and few between.

Two Harbors

Odegard Park
Pleasure skating, hockey, warming house & restrooms

Location: on 13th Ave near water tower

Silver Bay

Silver Bay Arena
Indoor rink: pleasure skating, hockey, warming house & restrooms

Phone: 218-226-4214

Location: Across from high school


Birch Grove Community Center
Outdoor rink with warming shack, open daily & lit from 5-10pm
The warming hut has ice skates to borrow. Please put skates neatly on a shelf when done. If you would like to donate usable ice skates, please leave them on a shelf in the warming hut. A skate-less individual thanks you!

The township of Tofte appreciates any donation for use of the rink or skates - a donation box can be found inside the warming hut.

Phone: 218-663-7977

Location: Across from school

Grand Marais

Cook County Community Center
Open skating can occur anytime the rink is not scheduled.
Cost to skate is free. Skate rental is $1 / person / per time.

Phone: 218-387-3015

Location: on County Road 7 / 5th Street