Lutsen

Lutsen, Minnesota

Swedish immigrant Charles Nelson began homesteading at the mouth of the Poplar River in 1881. As new immigrants arrived, he provided lodging and meals. Voila, Minnesota’s first resort! A post office, school, general store and town hall were built to serve the local loggers and fisherman. Nelson, his family and townspeople continued expanding their burg and today Lutsen is home to Lutsen Mountains, Superior National, resorts and a cluster of business along Highway 61 fondly referred to as ‘downtown Lutsen.’

 

Things to do in Lutsen

Lutsen Mountains

445 Ski Hill Road | Lutsen, MN 55612

The Midwest’s largest and tallest ski area offers alpine skiers and snowboarders 92 sweeping runs over four mountains. Nonskiers can enjoy slopeside views and amenities at two chalets. Spring, summer and autumn visitors can hike, bike, ride the gondola and… see more

The Midwest’s largest and tallest ski area offers alpine skiers and snowboarders 92 sweeping runs over four mountains. Nonskiers can enjoy slopeside views and amenities at two chalets. Spring, summer and autumn visitors can hike, bike, ride the gondola and alpine slide and chalets’ offerings.

1.4 miles north of Highway 61

Superior National at Lutsen

5731 Highway 61 | Lutsen, MN 55612

Stunning course! 27-holes featuring the Canyon Nine, Mountain Nine & River Nine; follows the base of Moose Mountain with the Poplar River cascading through the course. Driving range, golf pro, clubhouse. “The Cadillac of Minnesota Golf Courses” – Explore Minnesota magazine  

Stunning course! 27-holes featuring the Canyon Nine, Mountain Nine & River Nine; follows the base of Moose Mountain with the Poplar River cascading through the course. Driving range, golf pro, clubhouse.

“The Cadillac of Minnesota Golf Courses” – Explore Minnesota magazine

 

Stops Along the Way

Oberg Mountain (mile marker 86.1)

Hike the perennial favorite, the 2.25-mile Oberg Mtn Loop, or get up early and follow the hilly 7-mile trail east to the peak of Moose Mountain. After lunch, descend through the maple forest into the Poplar River Valley arriving at Lutsen Mountains.

 

Ray Berglund Wayside (mile marker 86.5)

Climb the wooden steps and hike above the Onion River to view the stair step falls [slightly over 1-mile round trip]. Lakeview picnic tables are on the bluff near the top of the stairs. Fisherman take note, the Onion River is a designated trout stream. Everyone take note of the swanky outhouse. Seasonal.

 

Covered Bridge (mile marker 90.1)

Stroll the covered bridge over the Poplar River, take a photo and see if anyone is fishing the rivermouth. The bridge is part of Lutsen Resort and is open to everyone.

 

Downtown Lutsen (mile marker 91.9)

Browse gifts, books, treats, spirits, necessities and fine art.

 

Grandview Park (mile marker 93.6)

Take a break! Picnic tables, a playground and some room to run around.

 

Cascade River State Park (mile marker 99.8)

Find the cascades on the Cascade River! It’s an easy 0.5-mile loop from the parking along the highway. The main entrance to the park is just northeast of river, off Highway 61.

 

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