Knife River Minnesota Tourist Attractions

on the North Shore of Lake Superior

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Knife River Minnesota tourist attractions will take you to a tiny town with lots of appeal. This former mining town on the North Shore of Lake Superior offers some stops worth your time.

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Knife River MinnesotaThe Best Smoked Fish Anywhere

Knife River was founded by copper miners and loggers.

It is now a "must see and stop" spot along Scenic Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Our usual first stop is at Russ Kendall's Smokehouse for some smoked salmon, cheese, and snacks to take along to the cabin.

Knife River is one of only a few small towns in Minnesota that supports a commercial fishing industry. You might enjoy casting a line into the river that runs through town; the Knife River teems with trout in early spring.

Read what other travelers have to say about Knife River.

Knife River is on our list of the Top 10 North Shore Attractions.

Minnesota Vacation Rentals can be a wonderful choice for a family vacation, family reunion or group getaway. Many of them are located on lakes in our top vacation destinations.

Emily's in Knife River MinnesotaEmily's

Fish watching is popular in April and May. The Knife River is a prime migration route for spawning steelhead trout. The fish can be seen jumping the falls from both the east and west banks. 

*2016 Update: Sadly Emily's is now closed and there is a "for sale" sign on the building. We'll miss this lovely place. We will leave the information below as a retrospect of "what was" and what we hope to experience again under new owners.

Stop in at Emily's for lunch or dinner. If you ask to be seated on the deck, you will be right over the mouth of the Knife River. The wild rice soup at Emily's should not be missed. The walleye dinner is a favorite. Sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes are also on the menu.

Great Lakes Candy in Knife RiverGreat Lakes Candy Kitchen

A craving for dessert always takes us to the Great Lakes Candy Kitchen just up the street.

You will find almost any confection you can imagine including "agate" lollipops!  

The only difficulty is to resist the temptation to fill a dozen bags with sweet treats. 

Take your bags of candy and a beach towel down to the shore for an impromptu picnic.

While there sift through the rocks along the beach and see if you can find some Lake Superior agates.

Knife River Minnesota Tourism Lodging

Larsmont Cottages Near Knife River, MN
Larsmont Cottages is our lodging choice when we go to the North Shore with children and grandchildren. We stay in a 3-bedroom cottage and enjoy all the amenities offered by this beautiful resort. Great memories include evening bonfires and star-gazing.

Dodge's Log Lodges Near Knife River, MN
Dodge’s Log Lodges has been a favorite couple's getaway for us for many years.

When it's just the two of us on the North Shore, we often opt for the tiny cabins at Dodge's Log Lodges. The cabins are rustic, cozy, and right on the edge of the rocky outcropping that overlooks the great lake. Open the windows and fall asleep to the lapping of the waves.

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Knife River Minnesota MarinaKnife River Minnesota Marina

At the Knife River Marina you can charter a fishing excursion or dock your own boat. 

You've now seen and done almost everything on your Knife River Minnesota tourism tour. A few miles up the road from Knife River, stop in at Burton Forge Gallery to see wonderful examples of wrought iron work including furniture, home decor and accent pieces.

Your next stop along Highway 61 is Two Harbors. The closest state park is Gooseberry Falls State Park. Make time to visit both!

State Parks from Duluth to the Canadian Border

Gooseberry Falls State Park - How to Get to Gooseberry Falls State Park: Drive 13 miles northeast of Two Harbors on State Highway 61.  

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park -  How to Get to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: Drive 20 miles northeast from Two Harbors on Highway 61 to the park entrance.  

Tettegouche State Park - How to Get to Tettegouche State Park: Drive 4.5 miles north of Silver Bay on Highway 61 to the park entrance.   

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park - How to Get to George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park: Drive 7 miles north from the village of Finland on Lake County Road 7.  

Temperence River State Park - How to Get to Temperance River State Park: Drive 1 mile north of Schroeder on Highway 61 to the park entrance.  

Cascade River State Park - How to Get to Cascade River State Park: Drive 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais, just off State Highway 61.  

Judge C R Magney State Park - How to Get to Judge C.R. Magney State Park: Drive 14 miles northeast from Grand Marais on State Highway 61.

Grand Portage State Park - How to Get to Grand Portage State Park: The park is located 5 miles north of Grand Portage on Highway 61. The entrance to the park is on the west side of the highway, just before the U.S. Customs Station on the U.S./Canada border.  

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Duluth Minnesota Vacations

Visit Two Harbors Minnesota

Grand Marais Minnesota Vacations

Lake Superior North Shore Vacations

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