Silver Bay, Minnesota
A north shore gem
Silver Bay, nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, was homesteaded by fisherman Oscar Pederson in 1920; the captain of the steamship America gave the town its name, who thought rocks there appeared silver.
Along Outer Drive, a seasonal info center operated by Bay Area Historical Society displays various artifacts. On the corner of Outer Drive and Adams Blvd in Silver Bay sits an intriguing little rock-man statue known as Rocky Taconite; it pays homage to the iron ore mining industry on which the town was built. Rocky has been entertaining visitors since the 1960s.
Silver Bay features several recreational facilities, including tennis courts, a mini-golf course, the North Shore Adventure Park, and the scenic 9-hole public Silver Bay Golf Course with an adjoining driving range.
Home to one of the most remarkable beaches along the North Shore, Silver Bay’s Black Beach earns its name from the fine black sand that resulted from taconite tailings discarded in Lake Superior decades ago. The beach is a popular destination for swimming, picnicking, and relaxing, with gorgeous views of the rugged Lake Superior Shoreline.