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Great Place to Watch Early Season "Gales of November" in Action

Perfect place to watch monstrous waves churned up by a howling north-east gale force wind. Just... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Thunder Bay, Ontario

This is known as Black Beach, and is a Silver Bay municipal park right off of Hwy 61. The beach is... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2018
Silver Bay, Minnesota
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E Lakeview Drive, Water Plant Rd, Silver Bay, MN 55614
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

Perfect place to watch monstrous waves churned up by a howling north-east gale force wind. Just don't get too close to the water's edge or a sudden large wave might soak your shoes!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

This is known as Black Beach, and is a Silver Bay municipal park right off of Hwy 61. The beach is actually black, made up of old taconite tailings. Stunning views of the shoreline of Lake Superior. The city is adding a camping area in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cropduster2153
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Decided late to stay up north over the Labor Day weekend. Every place booked. Called AmericInn in Silver Bay on Lake Superior and front desk staff Barb went the extra mile in watching for a room to open up, which it did, and because of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KLW47
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for a picnic on our way to Thunder Bay. It was perfect. The scenery is beautiful and the water is so clear. I highly recommend!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wander201451
Reviewed 24 August 2018

So cool to see a beach with just black rock...smaller than pea rock but not sand either. I personally liked this beach better than Iona's beach! We just stuck our toes in the water but it is a one-of-a-kind thing to see!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Heidi S
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We've been to the North Shore many times and never stopped here. So regrettable. This beach is big, different, pretty, and really cool. The black "sand" is much smoother than the typical rocky beaches of the North Shore and easier to walk on. The area...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Eileen P
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

As Floridians, this beach did not seem beachy, but it was fun! The views are stunning, the black gravel was almost sand like, and the rocks are easily scaled making it a great stop. It was fairly empty with most people just chilling on the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Millytravels
Reviewed 5 March 2018

We stayed at the AmericInn in Silver Bay and on a fluke saw a sign that read "Black Beach". We thought "What is that?" We drove on the road to the beach and to our surprise came up a parking lot near black beach. The...More

Date of experience: August 2017
7  Thank L2825MVkimb
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful beach along the shore of Lake Superior. Unique beach with all black sand (not really sand, more like fine gravel). Off the beaten path but definitely worth the stop!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Lorie H
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Very beautiful beach along a cove of Lake Superior. Breathtaking views. Very unique beach with an all black sand. Off the beaten path but worth finding!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank jmartin0624
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Response from tbayfinn | Reviewed this property |
Shoreline water temperature on Superior depends on the wind direction and air temperature. The warmest water is during hot wavy offshore wind days where the air can warm the surface water. Calm water days are usually the... More