Grand Marais was our planned farthest north town on our trip. With a population of under 1500, it has become known as an artists community and a destination for tourists who enjoy boating, hiking and enjoying the beauty of the land and water. It is also referred to as the gateway to the Boundary waters canoe wilderness area just inland from town. The town marks a real change in the composition of the shoreline. As you head north on route 61 from here , the road is closer to the lake and you will see the shoreline become less rugged and at least somewhat less threatening to ships and boats.
We stayed at the city operated campground, that was nearly full but we did manage to get one of the last sites available of the 300. It was not very level and we were surrounded by mostly seasonal folks with all their toys everywhere. We stayed there the first night and were lucky to get a better spot for our second night.
The campground has its own beach and small marina. It has a great view of town, which is in easy walking distance of the campground. One of the closest restaurants to the campground specialized in fresh fish caught on the lake. Anneke had to try the Lake Superior herring. It is certainly different than the small herring in Holland which is served raw. This was a much bigger fish and served fried. It was very good.
We then walked the entire town in just an hour or so. We checked out the breakwater on the town side and found several new arrivals being closely watched by mom. Enjoyed some close up views of some of the boats moored in the harbor. A few of the stores worked hard at enticing you inside, but not finding anything we needed, we headed back to the campground.
The rest of the evening was spent trying the popular stone skipping. The beach is made up of various sizes of what are known as Lake Superior agates-otherwise known as stones. Perhaps the best part of the day was watching the setting sun over the harbor.