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Exploring the North Shore in Winter

 

A couple friends and I headed up to the North Shore for a day of exploring. I don’t think we could have picked a colder day if we tried! The air temperature was about -20F which isn’t counting wind chill. Needless to say, we spent a lot of time trying to get warm! These photos go to show that the North Shore is beautiful anytime of year so don’t put off your trip!

Our first stop was Brighton Beach. You can see below what happens when the air temperature is colder than the water temperature…mist! Lots of slipping and sliding around these ice covered rocks but worth it!
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest

Next stop was Gooseberry Falls State Park. In the winter, you can walk right up to the waterfall! Make sure you pay attention to the thin ice warnings though… there is still running water under the ice so be careful. There are some nice little hiking trails right around the visitors center or you can walk all the way down to the lake from here.
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Rachel for scale 🙂
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
We made a quick stop at Split Rock Lighthouse which is apparently free in the winter! Score! It was originally built in the early 1900’s due to shipwrecks along Superior’s rocky shores.Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest Two Harbors is a cute little town which has these long piers that jut out into Lake Superior. The wind was so strong and it was super icy so we didn’t make it to the end of the pier. Walking out there was the coldest I’ve ever been. No joke! Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest

We headed up to Temperance River State Park which is a beautiful river which flows into Lake Superior. In the summertime, this has great hiking trails where you can see some great waterfalls. There are also huge potholes which have been cut by the river. Think of a giant hole with water in it 🙂 This was as far as we got before turning around to catch the sunset.
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
We decided to head back to Brighton Beach to catch the sunset!
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest

We headed back into Duluth to catch the tail end of the sunset at Canal Park before heading into the warmth for some much earned dinner.
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest
Minnesota's North Shore in winter - Due Midwest

If you’re dying to see even more pictures from our trip (I narrowed them down. No, seriously) then you can head over to my Flickr page here.

 

Here’s a map of our little adventure if you’re a visual person like me!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Beth

    I’ve done the North Shore in winter once and we pretty much stayed right in town and did Christmas shopping, I would love to go up in the thick of winter like this and see all the beauty – great pictures!

    April 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks! I would avoid going when it’s -20 but it was so pretty!

      May 1, 2016 at 4:42 am
  • Reply Rachel Ewell

    Fun memories! I’m happy you documented it!

    April 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      It was so fun! Now, we’ll have to go in the summer!

      May 1, 2016 at 4:42 am

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