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skating rinks and sliding hills

duluth & north shore ice skating rinks

What better place to have Jack Frost nippin’ at your nose than a skating rink or sliding hill? Duluth and North Shore skating rinks are outdoors. If your pleasure is casually carving out a figures eight or an impromptu hockey game, lace up your skates and hit the ice. Duluth maintains over a dozen outdoor public rinks plus ice time is available for rent at indoor rinks .

Listed below are public skating rinks. Most rinks are open midweek afternoons and evenings, and all day weekends. They are free of charge or charge a nominal fee. Those with bathrooms tend to sell refreshments. It is best to bring your own skates, since rentals are far and few between.

Sliding / Sledding Hill

Grab your sled (or pick one up at a general store or gas station).

The only ‘official’ sliding hill on the shore is at Sweetheart’s Bluff in Grand Marais. Located in the Grand Marais Rec Area, the hill is open to all, at-your-own-risk and can be reached by heading south off Highway 61, then taking a right and heading west along the plowed road to the parking area. Sometimes the park even has a firebox for s’mores! 

mile 54.0 + 0.9 miles

Indoor rink: pleasure skating, hockey, warming house & restrooms
Fee charged; pass available.


129 Outer Dr | Silver Bay
mile 82.1

Outdoor rink with warming shack, open daily & lit from 5-10pm
A warming hut and bathroom are available for use at the rink. Need skates? There are many skates to choose from – please borrow and return to the shelves when done.

The township of Tofte appreciates any donation for use of the rink or skates – a donation box can be found inside the warming hut.


9 Good Neighbor Hill | Tofte
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framed wintry view of lake superior shoreline at grand superior near gooseberry falls
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sparkling wintry lake superior and ice sheets stacked on north shore

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