North Shore Picnic Spots

Brighton Beach

On Lake Superior, MM 5.2, just east of the Lester River.

Features summer-use restrooms, picnic facilities, a great cobblestone beach and swimming (no lifeguard).

Stoney Point

On Lake Superior, MM 15.0, take the road across from Tom’s Logging Camp

No specific picnic sites, just use the existing pullovers and make a spot on the cobblestone beach.

McQuade Harbor Rest Area

On Lake Superior, MM 10.5 on the scenic drive between Duluth and Two Harbors

Fishing piers, walking paths, seasonal restrooms and picnic tables; watch pleasure boat traffic at the safe harbor.

Two Harbors Waterfront

On Lake Superior, MM 26.0+, take 6th Street south from Highway 61

The Paul Van Hoven Park has picnic tables and a gazebo near the Edna G. tugboat; picnic tables by the public access and several spots to spread a blanket.

Flood Bay State Wayside

On Lake Superior, MM 27.5

A charming shoreline to meander, picnic and search for agates.

The North Shore State Parks

All 8 of the state parks have picnic areas! Some are close to the lake, some overlook rivers or lakes and and some are inland.

Black Beach

On Lake Superior, near MM 54.8; shortly after the only stoplight on Hwy 61 [at Silver Bay], turn south on Mensing Drive for 0.1 mile, then right on West Lakeview Rd for 0.4 miles.

This calm slice of shoreline gets its name from the taconite tailings [crushed rock] that makes up the beach. Picnic tables, outhouses, and more than one area to choose from!

Tofte Park

On Lake Superior, MM 83.0, go south on the Tofte Park Road

Accessible beach, picnic tables, seasonal outhouses, pavilion, a playground and a public boat access to Lake Superior.

Grand View Park

MM 94.7 in Lutsen

Features a covered pavilion, picnic tables, volleyball court, fire pit and charcoal grill and a playground.

Cut Face Creek Wayside

On Lake Superior, MM 104

On Good Harbor Bay; features restrooms, picnic tables, and a cobblestone beach.

Swamper Lake, Gunflint Trail

MM 109.2 + 23 miles

From Hwy 61 in Grand Marais, drive north on 5th Ave W .7 miles, turn left onto Gunflint Trail for 22.5 miles; small parking area and path at Swamper lake; 1 picnic table. Watch for moose!

Kodonce River Wayside

On Lake Superior, MM 118.7

A quiet picnic spot with a few tables and a hiking trail up the river.

Mount Josephine Overlooks

MM 142+

Three pull-offs on the lake side of the road; one features picnic tables and restrooms. This rugged area showcases Mount Josephine, Mount Rose and Mount Maud plus views of the Susie Islands, Isle Royale and Hat Point.