Artist’s Point in Grand Marais is something you don’t want to miss. It provides access to the shoreline along a narrow path of concrete. Following it, you’ll find tide pools and rocky shores that take your breath away. You can take the path all the way to the lighthouse. Or head the other direction and visit the pine tree covered “island”. Make sure you have sturdy, comfortable shoes and a good hand on your kids because this is all at your own risk. This location is a favorite for sunsets, storm and great shoreline photographs. And, as its name suggests, you never know when you’ll spot artists at work.
Artist’s Point was formed from eruptions 1.1 billion years ago, the dark gray basalt that makes up the point appears to undulate in many places and is hexagonal fractured where it meets the lake – with picturesque results. The rock patterns and silhouettes combine with the fantastically vivid water colors making the point a breathtakingly beautiful spot. Incredibly some of the fractures split the rock below the water line into narrow inlets barely ten feet wide.
It’s a fantastic vantage point for the Grand Marais harbor, and looking back on land to the Sawtooth Mountains. Don’t just walk out and back. Take your time; watch the waves roll in and watch the sail boats come in and out of the harbor. Artist’s Point is a great place to end your day with amazing sunset pictures.
0.3 mile out and back
Elevation Ascent: 8′; Descent: -7′
High: 611′; Low: 605′
Grade: Avg Grade: 1% (1°); Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide
Our North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide singles out a variety of things to do in the area that visitors have rated as 'must see/do'. Don't limit yourself to this list – be sure to browse the rest of the guide for a better idea of what the Lake Superior North Shore area has to offer.
Grand Marais is a small village built along Minnesota's Lake Superior North Shore and situated on a doubled-harbor stone outcropping of the shoreline. It is found on Highway 61, an All-American road and national Scenic Byway that skirts the North Shore. Grand Marais offers something to do for literally all kinds of visitors.
Outdoor activities are plenty year-round. If outdoors isn't your 'thing', you'll enjoy shopping while your partner is outdoors, and you'll both enjoy the variety of dining experiences. Be sure to keep in mind that many restaurants and shops are only open seasonally, so call ahead to check.
View North Shore & Grand Marais Major Attractions Guide Guide.