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.

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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.

Nearby, the Black Beach Municipal Campground offers 49 sites on 14.5 acres and is nestled around a wooded landscape with direct access to hiking, biking, and ATV trails.

Attractions in silver bay

Silver Bay Marina & Harbor

Silver Bay Marina & Harbor features a public water access and 68 slip marina facilities located within a seven-acre safe harbor basin. Protected Access:Two ramps …

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Palisade Head

Palisade Head, an iconic rocky cliff formation, provides one of the most stunning overlooks along the North Shore. Visitors who make the short, steep drive …

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Shovel Point

Shovel Point, a favorite North Shore overlook located within Tettegouche State Park, offers hikers panoramic views of rocky cliffs and rugged bluffs along the Lake …

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Illgen Falls at Tettegouche State Park

Illgen Falls (Tettegouche)

To see Illgen Falls, designated as part of Tettegouche, you can take a short drive up HWY 1 to find the scenic falls that flow …

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Black Beach

One of the most unique beaches along the North Shore, Black Beach earns its name from the fine black sand that resulted from taconite tailings …

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Black Beach Mini Golf

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy beautiful weather with friends or family, look no further than the newly constructed Black Beach Mini Golf …

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Caribou Falls Wayside

Heading north on 61, just north of Little Marais, sits the Caribou Falls Wayside. Park at the rest area and take a half-mile hike along …

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North Shore Adventure Park

Explore the unique North Shore Adventure Park for hours of family enjoyment. The forested adventure park features ten zip lines, six challenge courses, and a …

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Rocky Taconite

Rocky Taconite, an intriguing little rock-man stature, sits on the corner of Outer Drive and Adams Blvd in Silver Bay. The taconite monument pays homage …

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Tettegouche Camp Historic District

Once a private hunting club for local businessmen, the land was purchased from the Alger Smith Logging Company in 1910, with the original camp buildings …

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Bay Area Historical Society

Encompass the history of Beaver Bay, the oldest immigrant settlement on Minnesota’s north shore, and Silver Bay, built-in 1956 by Reserve Mining Company to house …

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