The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to your vacation in Duluth, MN, where there are so many things to see and do outdoors during your stay! Whether you get away during the summer or winter, we will be happy to help you with your plans to explore the area, make reservations for you, and provide you with driving directions. We have copies of a Duluth Walking Tour of the Mansion District, hiking maps and a map of 10 secret waterfalls in Duluth and the North Shore that are available for you.
Here are just a few ideas of how you can spend outdoor time in the North Shore area.
With over 20,000 square feet of sail and thousands of nautical miles between them, Duluth will often welcomes “tall ships” into the harbor. Check back often for the latest information on when the Tall Ships will return to Duluth. There is always a festival involved when the Tall Ships are in Duluth with music, food, vendors, sailaways and more!
If you would like to experience a day, or evening or moonlight sail on Lake Superior, Amicus Adventure Sailing offers captained sailing adventures. The Amicus II is a 40′ steel cutter and sails out of the Knife River Marina which is 14 miles northeast of Duluth. For all the information go to their website at www.AmicusAdventureSailing.com. The Knife River Marina is about a half hour from The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek Bed and Breakfast.
Boulder Lake Ski Race usually takes place in January at Boulder Lake in Duluth, Minnesota. Over the years, the Boulder Lake Ski Race grows with almost 250 athletes each year. The race begins under the towering White Pines and over rolling hills in the 31 km or 10.3 km skate races, or the 4 km snowshoe. The race is 17 miles north of Duluth on the beautiful Boulder Lake Management Ski Trails managed by Minnesota Power. Consider staying at The Firelight Inn for the weekend to prepare for the race on Sunday at 11 a.m.
If disc golf is your thing, there are a handful of courses in addition to those on the UMD campus and College of St. Scholastica. Morgan Park, 1242 88th Avenue West is a free course featuring seven holes. Mont Du Lac has straight shots, tunnel shots, water shots, and the 18-hole course features holes that range from 185 feet to 605 feet that run through woods, open fields and along the ski hill. It costs $5 to play at Mont Du Lac. Miller Creek Disc Golf is a 18-hold public course near Lake Superior College.
Interested in sea kayaking, rock and ice climbing, dog sledding, sleigh and wagon rides? The programs at Positive Energy Outdoor (Ed)Ventures emphasize teamwork, healthy risk taking and positive communication, creating learning opportunities that can lead to a lifetime of active adventures. Some of our guests have really enjoyed the dog sledding offered by Outdoor Edventures and said it was a really great time!
The Duluth Airshow is scheduled for September 22-23, 2012 at the Duluth International Airport. The largest Airshow in Minnesota returns and will be featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds who will perform aerial stunts in jets that are only inches apart.
Duluth, Minnesota and The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek offer wonderful birding opportunities to include owls, warblers, and raptors right outside our windows along Oregon Creek. You can experience shorebirds, waterfowl and more birds in Duluth, MN at Hawk Ridge, Hartley Nature Center, the St. Louis River, along the North Shore, and on Park Point.
We are happy to assist you with the latest on what is happening in Duluth while you are in town. Before your stay you may want to check out the latest clubs, comedy clubs, karoke bars, movies listings and times and more at www.twinportsnightlife.com.
Duluth’s Skyline Parkway offers a birds-eye view of the harbor and the city. There are special observation points, trail heads and picnic areas along the way. At the northern end is Hawk Ridge, known for migratory bird watching. We have a great Skyline Parkway map at the Inn for you or for more details, visit www.superiorbyways.com.
Take a walk across the many creeks on Seven Bridges Road, a scenic historic route along Amity Creek, one of Duluth’s trout streams. Learn about the history of this nearly secret road at www.duluthstreams.org.
The Lakewalk along Lake Superior offers more than beautiful lake views and stops along the way for charming shops and restaurants. Duluth’s waterfront is an expression of art! Experience the horses and carriages, a great old, thundering train, the gulls and the waves and a view that lasts forever!
Spirit Mountain is the place to be for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, winter hiking and all around fun! The new Timber Twister is the ride of a life time and available in all the seasons of the year! Check out their website for the latest information, events, rates and conditions.
Snowflake Nordic Center and Camping is a privately owned campground and system of cross-country ski trails in the city. 5k and 10k main lighted trails with routes for beginners. Located off Rice Lake Road on the top of the hioll and east of the intersection with Arrowhead Road. This is a guest favorite in the winter months to ski on lighted trails!
You’ll find a different view of Duluth on any of the many bike trails. Spirit Mountain is idea for mountain biking, with wooded trails, challenging terrain and breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the St. Louis Bay. At 14 miles long, the Willard Munger State Trail is the longest paved trail winding through split rock canyons and past endless scenic overlooks from West Duluth to Jay Cooke State Park. The Western Waterfront Trail is an out-of-the-way trail, perfect for watching birds and other wildlife as you ride. The trail is about two miles long. Want the best view of the lake? Pedal up to Two Harbors on the North Shore Scenic Drive. Unique gift shops, delicious restaurants and incredible overlooks are along the way to provide a perfect reason to take a break.
Superior Whitewater Raft Tours are available on the St. Louis River in Carlton, just 15 miles south of Duluth. On-water trip is 2 to 3 hours. Everything is supplied—equipment, shuttle service and the friendliest, most experienced guides you’ll find. Cost is $38 per person. Trips run daily May through September. No experience is required.
TheCanoeist.com offers summer and winter rentals of canoes, kayaks, bikes, snowshoes, skis and camping gear! 701 7th Avenue (on the main drag through town) in Two Harbors, MN.
Get into the swing of things and enjoy a game of golf. The Northland’s golf courses offer a wide variety of challenge and great scenery. Many offer pro shops and lessons, along with other amenities. Golf courses in the area are…
Enger Park, 1801 W. Skyline Parkway Boulevard, (218) 723-3451
Lester Park, 1860 Lester River Road, (218) 525-0828
Nemadji Golf Course, 5 N 58th Street E, Superior, WI
Black Bear Golf Course, 1791 Highway 210, Carlton
Dive in deep and take a scuba class through Duluth’s Innerspace Scuba Center. With several courses to choose from, ranging from beginner to the more experienced diver, each person can practice in the pool or try the real thing in Lake Superior. Learn more about scuba diving at www.innerspacescuba.com
Get the schedule of ships arriving and departing from the harbor and enjoy watching a ship slip in to Duluth’s harbor under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park. www.duluthshippingnews.com
Outdoor music in the summer is a Northland tradition. Duluth and Superior have scheduled more than two dozen free daytime and evening concerts at various city parks. For a complete schedule visit the parks and recreation page at www.ci.duluth.mn.us or www.ci.superior.wi.us
If you want to see the kind of wildlife you’re going to see when you get here, head to www.visitduluth.com and check out the Watchable Wildlife Link on the home page. It will introduce you to the friendly forest and provide links to all sorts of outdoor activity.
Hiking and trail maps are available at Duluth Parks and Recreation, 12 East 4th Street. For more information, call (218) 723-3337. In the winter, for trail conditions, call