Grand Marais Agate Beach
Go west along the shore from the harbor breakwater pier, or go down the bluff at Woodland Park, to come to another beach extending miles to the west. (You will pass by Donahey Woods, a little 25-acre piece of wilderness, now owned by the Nature Conservancy, where the Teenie Weenie creators had their summer home.) At this well-known agate beach, you might find the variegated, translucent stones of quartz while strolling along the shoreline looking through the clear water, especially in spring or after a storm.
A one-mile walk down the beach and you're at the mouth of Sable Creek. A short path along the creek leads up to the delightful Sable Falls.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Harbor entrance, range lights, pier & beach. Fish from the long stone pier jutting far out into Lake Superior, protecting the harbor. Or walk the long beach and enjoy the range light, & 2 museums, one in the old Coast Guard station, draw people to Coast Guard Point ... more
Pickle Barrel Museum. A summer house in two giant barrels for the creator of the long-lived Teenie Weenie cartoons. Now saved from rot and open to the public with historical displays and period rooms circa 1930. ... more
Gitche Gumee Agate & History Museum. Agates, rockhounding, geology, commercial fishing, and the self-sufficient local lifestyle after the lumber company left – Karen Bryzs's heartfelt museum tells these stories ... more
North Country Trail/Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hike the trail connecting the lakeshore's prominent sights to experience them more fully than a drive-up-and-go-on view. Plan your hike so a shuttle bus can take you back ... more
Log Slide Overlook. Almost 300 feet above Lake Superior, there are splendid views to the Au Sable Lighthouse and the immense expanses of the Grand Sable Dunes. Exhibits show the scene when loggers rolled logs down for loading on ships ... more
Kingston Plains Burns. The best-known of the U.P.'s eerie stump fields or ghost forests created when forest fires across the cutover were so hot they burned off the soil's humus and the forest couldn't grow back. Pine resin preserved giant stumps. Some still remain ... more