In reminiscing about last year, I would like to share my new favorite northern town for camping. Grand Marais, Minnesota. I had a great experience camping on Lake superior with my 7 year old son. There will be many writings to come of adventures in that town. I do suggest camping at the Grand Marais Municipal Campground if you get a chance. For a public campground, it is first rate.
The campground is situated right on the shores of Lake Superior. The Grand Marais harbor is located adjacent to the campground, with biking paths that lead right into downtown. The public indoor pool with climbing wall is located conveniently on the property. There are plenty of camp sites available to chose from, about 300 to be exact. Some have electric, water and sewer for the R.V. enthusiast and also, primitive camp sites with lake views or wooded sites. Each camp site has a picnic table and fire box.
I could not believe the vistas my son and I witnessed while traversing the lake shore. Waking up in the morning to that crisp smelling lake air with a warm cup of coffee in hand was a phenomenal experience. We would take daily climbing adventures out to the breakers in the harbor and to the light house. Also, not to far from the campground, is the fishing docks, hosting the local fisherman bringing in the days catch. A short ride up the bike path brings you to the fish market where you can smell the smokers as they' re flavoring fresh Whitefish and Herring.
We also took a drive up the Gunflint Trail, one of the main gateways to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, for some fishing. What a gorgeous drive in the fall! Along the gunflint is located, cozy cabins, national forest campgrounds, resorts and B&B's. Also the Gunflint is a great place to catch sightings of the local fauna, including; deer, ruffed grouse and moose.
After a long drive we settled in for a tasty dinner of fresh herring at The Angry Trout Cafe. Not only is the setting on the harbor awesome but the entire complex is eco friendly, running off their own wind powered turbines. You can eat inside or right on the harbor side deck.
There is way to much to see and do in the Grand Marais area to list in one setting. More to come on this Northwoods town.