Travel north from Duluth, Minnesota along the northern shore of Lake Superior and you’ll come face-to-face with the grandeur of nature. All along the North Shore Scenic Byway (MN Hwy 61) RVers will encounter soaring cliffs, cozy, lakeside villages and views of Lake Superior that will stir their hearts. Add the mystery and beauty of an immense national forest, an abundance of private and public campgrounds and top-notch outdoor recreation, and you’ve got a trip that’s custom-made for RV travel.
Did we mention how easy it is to stop and camp along Superior’s North Shore? Wise city planners in such scenic towns as Grand Marais and Two Harbors have set aside room for municipal campgrounds to serve travelers to Minnesota’s North Shore region. You’ll also find plenty of private campgrounds, most on or near the lakeshore, to call home as you travel Superior’s shoreline.
Superior National Forest is another outstanding option for RV travelers to the North Shore, especially those who also love to paddle a water trail. Within the national forest, a one-million-acre area of interconnected glacial lakes has been designated the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Multi-day paddling trips or a lazy paddle in one of the many lakes can fill your days.
There are also multiple campgrounds within Superior National Forest that offer some form of RV campsite.
Let’s talk some more about outdoor recreation. Lake Superior’s northern shoreline is a haven for hikers! Pick a section of the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300-mile pathway that parallels Lake Superior’s shore. It passes through most of the area’s eight state parks and is diverse enough to follow on an afternoon stroll or an overnight hike. You’re liable to find a lighthouse or two along the way, as well as breathtaking views of the lake from high above the shoreline.
Go in search of waterfalls while in the North Shore Region and you won’t be disappointed, either. Gooseberry Falls State Park offers easy-to-navigate trails to all four of its waterfalls. A more challenging trail at Tettegouche State Park will reward hikers with views of three waterfalls, including the tallest waterfall in the state. And here’s a bonus for all RV travelers who follow Hwy 61 north from Duluth to the Canadian border: you’ll spy a waterfall or two right off the highway.
What would a trip be to Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes, without trying your hand at fishing? Fishing charters on Lake Superior, the region’s many rivers and the countless inland lakes will help you find salmon, lake trout, walleye and brook trout. If you prefer to strike out on your own, why not start by fishing from the piers at one of the area’s lakes?
Prefer to spend your camping vacations less strenuously? You’ll find historic sites worth a look-see in every town along your route, from shipwrecks to vintage inns, lighthouses to 1890s log homes, the region’s rich history is on display all along the North Shore Scenic Byway. These homey lakeside towns will also tempt visitors to step inside their galleries, cafes and shops.
Fishing, hiking, paddling and exploring your way along Lake Superior’s remote North Shore will net many happy memories for RV camping fans. Pick up a rental RV at your favorite location and plan to take your time; you won’t want to miss what Minnesota’s North Shore Region has to offer.