Outdoor Adventure

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.

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Here are just a few ideas of how you can spend outdoor time in the North Shore area.

TheDuluthExperience.com offers brewery tours, historical tours and adventure tours.  The brewery tours offer behind-the-scenes access to local breweries with transportation and more.  The adventure tours include biking, paddling and hiking by experienced guides.  The historical tours include bus tours, walking tours or you can choose your own adventure.  Their website gives you all the information you need or feel free to ask the Innkeepers to help you design your Duluth experience during your stay.  Because of the Covid virus TheDuluthExperience has not been operating so check their website for updates.

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!

Moon Shadow Sailing offers an experience on a sailboat in Duluth/Superior’s harbor and Lake Superior.  For all the information and reservations click on this link:  http://www.moonshadowsailing.com/reservations/

Daily Guided Adventures can customize your kayaking, canoeing, biking, or hiking trip.  An unforgettable half-day outdoor adventure.  The provide the equipment, transportation, food, and instruction from a trained guide.  No outdoor experience is needed.  To book your adventure or scheduling information go to SelfDiscoveryAdventures on the Internet.

Have you ever tried a Segway?  “Duluth Glides” provide your own personal transporter to see beautiful Duluth.  Four narrated tours inform you about Duluth’s history and facts.  Many of our guests have experienced the Segway tours and they love it!  To make arrangements, visit www.duluthglides.com

Stand Up Paddleboarding is great fun at the end of Park Point on Lake Superior.  Rentals, classes, river trips, parties and events.  $15 hourly rate all summer every day!  www.DuluthSUP.com

Wheel Fun Rentals, located in the heart of Canal Park, offers a variety of bike rentals for sightseeing.  Surreys, tandem bicycles, choppers, quad sports or deuce coupe.  www.wheelfunrentals.com

Here’s your chance to see Duluth from the sky!  Lake Superior Helicopters offer tours beginning at $78 per person and are available year round.  (218)461-2857

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 takes place over the Duluth International Airport and brings first-class flying planes and aerial shows.  

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, riding the Alpine Slide, fat biking and all around fun! The  Timber Twister is the ride of a life time and available in all the seasons of the year! We have a lodging partnership with Spirit Mountain for the 2018 season. Check out their website for the latest information, events, rates and conditions. Request the discount pass from us or add it from our special packages to your online reservation.

Do you need more outdoor adventure? Visit the Spirit Mountain area 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

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

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
(218) 723-3678.

“What a wonderful way to spend this vacation. We lucked out with the weather and had a great time walking around the neighborhood and Canal Park.”


Maple Grove, MN