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Category Archives: Duluth Lakewalk

When we are in Duluth I like to walk down to Canal Park to watch the sunrise. On this particular morning I was setting up and heard a loud splash. A little while later I noticed that a couple of young men swimming out to Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum. This the first time I had seen anyone on the Mausoleum at sunrise.

I took their picture then did a couple of panoramas from the same location.

There were some beautiful clouds in the sky over the harbor entrance.

As the sun rose the South Breakwater Light just glowed.

There were some great shots of the South Breakwater Inner Light which is privately owned.

Sunlight and water always make for some nice shots.


It was cold and Dreary this weekend in Duluth. I decided to walk down to Canal Park and see if anything was going on. Not much happening. I was a little surprised at the number of people wandering around given how cold and dreary it was. The shipping season was just getting underway and there wasn’t much activity.

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum

Duluth Harbor Lighthouses



When we arrived back in Duluth after our trip along the North Shore we realized the Duluth Polar Bear Plunge was still taking place in Canal Park so we drove down to watch a bit of it. Canal Park was surreal. It was almost 60 degrees in mid February and the place looked like it does during the height of the summer tourist season. People were walking along the Lakewalk in shorts. There was no ice to be seen on the lake. In a normal year the only area of open water would be withing the area where the participants jump in. The rest of the lake would be frozen. The first photo is from an earlier Polar Bear Plunge.






It seems like every year at the Duluth Tall Ship Festival there is a day or two of stormy weather. This year was no exception.

When and If

When and If

Appledore V

Appledore V

Pride of Baltimore II

Pride of Baltimore II

I was out on the South Breakwater Light to greet the Federal Rhine as it sailed in to Duluth, Minnesota.



The ship was not carrying any cargo as rode so high in the water that the propeller was almost out of the water.federal-rhine-duluth-minnesota-16-8-1997


As it sailed into the harbor it was met by two Great Lakes Tug boats that assisted it into the docks.federal-rhine-duluth-minnesota-16-8-2024

I had walked down to the Duluth Ship Canal to photograph the sunrise. Before sunrise the American Century exited through the Duluth Ship Canal. It was a little dark to take photos but I managed a few as it sailed under the Aerial Lift Bridge and out into Lake Superior.




We have been lucky enough to be in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday nights several times this summer. We always go down to the harbor to watch the sailboats come out for the races. The first boat out is usually the buoy boat. It goes out to mark the course about a half hour before the racers come out of the harbor.

Between 5 and 5:30 the sailboats gather in the harbor waiting for the Aerial Lift Bridge to go up. I usually goes up on the half hour during the summer months.

Wednesday-Night-Sailboat-Races-Duluth-Minnesota--16-7-_4268At 5:30 they all head out into the lake in a group. this is what is really fund to watch.





Sailing on Lake Superior is Sailing on a real lake!





It has been a difficult summer for sunrises in Duluth. I just haven’t been around when they have been very good. The other day I walked down to Canal Park hopping for a good sunrise but things didn’t look promising.

On the way down I stopped to take this photo of Endion Station. Its an old railroad station that was moved down to Canal Park and is now a restaurant.


The last couple of years people have been attaching their padlocks to these posts. The collection continues to grow.


I took this photo of the Aerial Lift Bridge during the Blue Hour.


I had given up on an interesting sunrise when I noticed there were a few clouds, that looked interesting, in back of the North Breakwater Light.


This is a shot I’ve not taken before. The back lighting on the north pier and lighthouse was interesting,


I spend a few days wandering around the Duluth, Minnesota waterfront taking photos of various things. These are some of the photos that didn’t fit into any particular category.

A carnival was at the DECC during the fourth of July week. I happened to walk by in the evening and took a photo just before the rides closed for the evening.


I’ve always wanted to stand in the road and take a photo of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge as it was going up. I finally had the opportunity.


It was a foggy morning in Duluth. I happened to be walking along the Lakewalk toward Fitger’s just as the fog was lifting.


A photo of the Waterfront Plaza Marina.


Construction continues along the slip for the Pier B Resort. Later in the day we stopped by the Silos Restaurant for lunch. I had by firs Lamb Burger. Probably was thinking of Lamb because of our recent trip to Iceland.


The Vista Star tour boat approaching the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.


Late in the evening I noticed some nice color in the sky over Lake Superior so I decided to take a late evening walk along the lakewalk to the harbor entrance. By the time I had reached the lighthouses I noticed the sky had lost some of its color.

North Breakwater Light

North Breakwater Light

As I looked back over the city I noticed that there were some clouds that were just reaching peak color.



I walked from the lighthouses under the lift bridge toward Waterfront Plaza. The clouds had reached peak color over the hills above Duluth. I took several shots of Waterfront Plaza and the surrounding area with the sunset in the background.

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Waterfront Plaza Marina

Water Towers

Water Towers

The sun quickly set so I walked over to Bayfront Park to get some photos of the reflections off of the harbor. There was almost no breeze to interfere with the reflections. The only thing making it difficult was the number of mosquitoes.

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Blatnick Bridge

Blatnick Bridge