Recreation & Tourism

Northeastern Minnesota is recognized for the unique wild and natural character of its forests, lakes and hills. Much of the land is an extension of Canadian Shield geology found in few other areas of the U.S. Outdoor recreation activities are key components of tourism in northeastern Minnesota. Tourism in northeastern Minnesota has grown steadily in the last 2 decades. Coastal tourism has surged; in the Duluth area, tourism now has an estimated economic impact of $400 million per year while tourism in small coastal communities, like Two Harbors, Lutsen, Tofte, Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail, has shown equally impressive growth based on lodging tax receipts. At the same time, new homes and second homes have been and continue to be built at high rates.

This growth and the attendant human activity that it adds to the region has caused concern that the natural and scenic character of the area is being lost. Although there are extensive tracts of public land in the region, they are heavily used for timber and recreation with related impacts becoming more evident. continued…


Featured Articles

Smelting on Lake SuperiorSmelting on Lake Superior
Everything you need to know about smelting.
Superior Pursuit: Facts About the Greatest Great LakeSuperior Facts: 3-quadrillion gallons, one Great Lake
Whether you visit Minnesota's North Shore or live there year-round, Lake Superior is a constant source of wonder.
Readers Want to Know: Swimmer's ItchSwimmer's Itch
Swimmer's itch is caused by a confused parasite.
Frequent Beach-Goers Aware of Rip CurrentsFrequent Beach-Goers Aware of Rip Currents
Read the results of our survey last summer to assess rip current awareness among Park Point swimmers.
A Lake With a ViewA Lake With a View
Results from a survey show that Duluthians value the city's open space and are committed to protecting it. Minnesota Sea Grant directed the project that investigated residents' perceptions of natural and developed open space to add insight to community planning efforts.
Tourism’s impacts Minimized with ManagementTourism’s impacts Minimized with Management
Glenn Kreag, recreation and tourism specialist for Minnesota Sea Grant, points out in a fact sheet that smart community planners recognize that a thriving tourist industry must be managed.

Featured Initiatives

Is it Really a Beach Day? Is it Really a Beach Day?
Collaborators rev up rip current and beach safety awareness via ParkPointBeach.org, part of the Beach Information Communications System project.
Survival in Cold Water: Hypothermia PreventionSurvival in Cold Water: Hypothermia Prevention
Explore risks, treatments and prevention of this cold water killer.
Rip Currents: Escape the Grip of the Rip!Rip Currents: Escape the Grip of the Rip!
About rip currents on the Great Lakes and what you need to know to enjoy the beach safely
Toward Sustainable TourismToward Sustainable Tourism
This 40-page interactive Web booklet explores the ingenuity and efforts applied to sustainable tourism in the countries of Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. The results of fact-finding treks by the author are described along with insights into ways a sustainable tourism culture can be generated within a community and within a country.

See Also

Catching Up With Aquatic Science
A radio program and podcast about research concerning aquatic systems and coastal communities.
Sea Grant Files
A radio program and podcast about the latest Sea Grant activities in Minnesota.
Superior Science News
A radio series about Lake Superior research.

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Jesse Schomberg
Coastal Communities & Land Use Specialist

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