Park Point Recreation Area

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Park Point Recreation Area
Glider plane at Park Point Recreation Area
The beautiful pathway
Covered in snow


The perfect blend of nature, recreation, and relaxation awaits at the Park Point Recreation Area

Located on Park Point, a narrow sandbar sandwiched between Lake Superior and the Superior Bay, has a fascinating history and pristine natural beauty.

The story of Park Point dates back to the 19th century when Duluth was a bustling shipping port. In 1855, the U.S. government built the Minnesota Point Light, a lighthouse whose ruins still stand today. The sandbar, which would become Park Point, was formed by the continuous action of Lake Superior's waves and currents.

Park Point Recreation Area evolved into a vibrant community with cottages, a school, and a post office. Today, it retains its charm as a place where residents and tourists can enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior's shore. 

The city of Duluth manages the Park Point Recreation Area, which encompasses a significant portion of this sandbar. With a wide range of activities, it's a slice of paradise along the shores of Lake Superior. 

Whether sunbathing on the sandy beach, exploring the sandbar's natural beauty, or admiring the historic lighthouse, there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

Fun Facts & Cool Features

One of the most captivating features of Park Point Recreation Area is its five-mile-long sandy beach. Known as one of the "Longest Freshwater Sandbar in the World," it's a Twin Ports haven for beachcombers, swimmers, and sunbathers. The soft, golden sand stretches as far as the eye can see, providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day by the water.

Near the peninsula's tip, the recreation area is beautifully maintained. Here, visitors can enjoy a day on the beach, play sand volleyball at one of the courts, grill at one of the pavilions, or launch their boat for a day on the water. There's also a lovely trail that will lead hikers to the end of the point and past the old ruins of the lighthouse!

For birdwatchers, Park Point Recreation Area is a birding paradise. It is a critical migratory stopover for various bird species, including raptors and waterfowl. The adjacent Park Point Nature Trail provides an excellent opportunity to observe these feathered travelers in their natural habitat.

So, pack your beach gear, grab your binoculars, and get ready to experience the beauty and serenity of Park Point Recreation Area.

Getting There

Getting to Park Point Recreation Area from Duluth is a breeze. Here are step-by-step directions:

  • Head northeast on W 1st Ave toward N Lake Ave.
  • Turn right onto N Lake Ave.
  • Turn right onto W Railroad St.
  • Turn left onto S Lake Ave.
  • Continue on as S Lake Ave becomes Minnesota Ave.
  • The Park Point Recreation Area parking lot will be on the left.


Admission to Park Point Recreation Area is free.

Local Tips

  • Bring sunscreen and plenty of water, especially on sunny days.
  • Consider packing a picnic and enjoying it on the beach.
  • Watch for the diverse bird species that call this area home.
  • Watch the weather, as Lake Superior can have rapidly changing conditions.


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