Minnesota State Parks: A Summer Tradition!

Lookout mountain Cascade River state ParkSummer is a favorite season for exploring Minnesota’s beautiful state parks. Here at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we are fortunate to have easy access to 4 state parks. The closest one is within walking/biking distance!  In addition, we are near 4 others for the perfect day trip excursion.  These state treasures can be explored year-round and offer limitless opportunities for nature lovers, families, and adventure seekers.

Stay at Bluefin Bay and find your next adventure at these Minnesota State Parks:

  • Temperance River State Park: This amazing park is located within a couple of miles of Bluefin Bay and walking distance from Surfside on Lake Superior. Walk or bike here via the paved Gitchi Gami trail that leads from all 3 resort properties. You’ll love the hikes that wind up along the river just as much as the trail leading to the beach.  Who doesn’t love rock skipping and agate hunting? Our activity department also offers complimentary guided hikes and bike rides to this park!
  • Tettegouche State Park: We love this park for its diversity of activity options – you’ll find hikers, bird watchers, climbers and waterfall viewers. Don’t forget your camera for the hike to the spectacular High Falls on the Baptism River. Their beautiful visitor center complete with gift shop and interpretive center is a nice pit stop during your adventures.
  • George H. Crosby Manitou Park: Who doesn’t want to visit this great park when the description for it is ‘where waterfalls cascade through a volcanic canyon surrounded by majestic forest.’? This park is ideal for those looking for more challenging hiking options – the views are worth the effort! Combine this park with nearby Tettegouche for a full day of state park adventures!
  • Cascade River State Park: The name says it all. Enjoy the series of waterfalls easily viewed from the trails and wooden bridges winding along the top of this beautiful river gorge. Look for our complimentary guided hikes to this park including a spectacular hike to Lookout Mountain.

In addition to the parks in our backyard, we encourage stops at Split Rock LighthouseGooseberry FallsJudge C. R. Magney and Grand Portage. With Bluefin Bay as your base camp, these are all great day trip destination parks – you can even fit in a few parks in one day! Use this handy MN State Parks Mapas you make your way up and down the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Join us for a Festive Fourth!

4th of July at Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsBelieve it or not, the 4th of July is almost upon us! This means that as we celebrate our nation’s independence we also celebrate all things summer – the Big Lake and its cool breezes, the endless miles of trails to explore by foot or by bicycle, kayak and canoe excursions, golfing, fishing, outdoor dining, bonfires on the beach complete with s’mores, and time spent with friends and family making memories. In addition, The 4th of July also brings many fun and festive events to our resort and the local area…

  • The Bluefin Bay 4th of July Medallion Hunt! Find the Bluefin Bay medallion and win a $100 gift card! The hunt starts at 8 am on July 4th and won’t end until it’s found! We’ll also be hosting another Medallion Hunt on Saturday, July 6th!
  • The Bluefin Bay Annual Cornhole Tournament! Guests can join us for this friendly competition on the 4th of July! We’ll have an adult league and a kids league with BLUEFIN BAY GIFT CARD Prizes!! For more details and info on signing up visit the event activity page.
  • The World Famous Tofte 4th of July Celebration!! Okay, it may not be “world” famous but up here it is a pretty famous day of festivities. Start your day with the Tofte Trek 10k wilderness run/walk at 9 am. The Tofte Town Center is the place to be starting at 11 am with games, local crafts, live music, food, beer garden, Bingo and an awesome parade at 2 pm! The night will be complete as you watch fireworks over Lake Superior at 10 pm from Tofte Park.
  • The 4th of July in Grand Marais is also celebrated with evening live music and fireworks over the harbor.
  • This whole week is also packed with lots of great activities for our guests. Guided hikes, Lake Superior kayak trips, wilderness canoe trips, biking, yoga, Forest Service naturalist programs, campfire music, live music at the Bluefin Grille, kids adventures, and more. Visit our Resorts Activities & Events calendar for the daily events.

Golf (and FootGolf!) at Superior National

superior national golf courseSuperior National at Lutsen recently completed its $4.6 million renovation on the River and Canyon nines. This new Premier 18 offers an unparalleled golfing experience on MN’s breathtaking North Shore. Set between beautiful Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountain Range, Superior National at Lutsen pairs untamed beauty with unparalleled play.


Enjoy great savings and amazing views when you stay at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and hit the links at Superior National Golf Course at Lutsen. Guests of Bluefin Bay, Surfside, and Temperance Landing receive discounted lodging and green fees with our Stay & Play Golf Packages. To receive the package discount you must book tee times at least three days in advance. Visit our Stay & Play Offers page for more information on booking a golf package.


FootGolf is a fun new sport that’s quickly becoming an international sensation, and it’s made its way to Superior National at Lutsen! FootGolf is like golf, except that it’s played with a soccer ball, kicking the ball down the course to get it into the hole. It can be played on Superior National’s Mountain 9 course. It is perfect for families with kids, or active adults looking for a fun, unique activity. A game only takes about an hour-and-a-half! What’s more, a group could play a side-by-side round of golf and FootGolf. Think – parents golfing, and kids FootGolfing. FootGolf tee times can be made by calling 218-663- 7195. Walk-ons are welcome per availability.


FootGolf at Superior National Golf Course


You Still Have Time…Calendar Contest Deadline Extended to July 31st!

bluefin bay family of resorts calendar contestYou still have time to enter the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts 25th Annual  Calendar Contest! Don’t miss your chance to win a grand prize of a $1,000 resort gift card or one of twelve $200 gift cards plus a spot in the 2020calendar.

We are all busy having summer fun and adventures so we’ve decided to extend the entry deadline to July 31st. Again this year our contest covers all three Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts — Bluefin Bay, Surfside, and Temperance Landing. We’re looking for photos from all three resorts and our beautiful surrounding area. It’s time to look through your fabulous North Shore photos and enter to win!

Visit the Contest Rules & Deadlines for all the details and instructions on entering. Good Luck!