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Seasonal update
Walking, Hiking, Driving Fall Color Tours
Fall Color Report
Fire Updates

Recent rains and humidity have helped firefighters can control of the main fires – the large Greenwood fire north of Tettegouche, the Ek and Whelp fires near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness [BWCAW].

Portions of Lake County Road 2 [north of Two Harbors] and MN Hwy 1 [north of Tettegouche State Park are closed.
A few BWCAW entry points are closed.
Campsites at Crosby Manitou State Park are closed. Check conditions in this area before hiking.

I am providing updates on Facebook.

Covid Updates

CDC recommends mask wearing for all people [vaccinated or not] indoors or in crowded outdoor areas].

Travel Tips

Book early – lodging is getting hard to find, including campsites and vacation rentals. That said, here are some specials for late autumn.

Be Patient – every business is short staffed, we’ve got road construction and it is busy

Have Fun – look at what to do in each community, check out the mile-by-mile list, find a map, an event, and see every place you can access Lake Superior.

Get updates and images on Facebook

Be flexible, don’t litter and remember … you don’t have to hurry up to slow down

Get updates, photos, & recommendations in my monthly e-Newsletter!

Here are some wonderful places to stay . . .

a note from nina


We are having a hot dry summer and wildfires are popping up and endangering everyone. Be careful.

I’ve talked to a couple of old-timers who say the North Shore hasn’t had this kind of drought since 1976. While care is in order, so is adaptable exploring. I am spending my time walking almost empty river beds, seeing gorges and canyons that I have never seen before. You can find info about rivers on the Waterfalls page, including directions and maps.

See the fall color forecast plus tours with maps and driving directions.

More outdoor fun – a new section of the paved Gitch Gami bike [and walking] trail has opened connecting to Grand Marais. Midpoint of the trail is the Fall River waterfalls  – just a trickle but also has views of the river mouth and Lake Superior.

Be safe and enjoy,

– Nina

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