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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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