The fall colors are at their peak and just past peak colors this week on the North Shore of Lake Superior. There are still plenty of leaves hanging on the trees but the forest floor is slowly starting to gather the colorful gifts from the maple, birch, and aspens. For this week’s fall color report, we traveled southwest out of Bluefin Bay and took a quick ten-minute drive along Highway 61 for a visit to Sugarloaf Cove in Schroeder.
Sugarloaf Cove is a beautiful place full of history and outdoor recreation opportunities. The trails, beach and nature center is managed by The North Shore Stewardship Association: A non-profit organization committed to preserving and restoring the North Shore of Lake Superior.
During the migration season, running through October, they hold Bird Banding demonstrations every Saturday from 7am-Noon. You can get an up close and personal look at the songbirds that nest and travel through the area! This awesome family activity helps you learn about the banding process and its importance in understanding the life and productivity of songbirds. This is a free event with donations gladly accepted.
Visit our Photo Gallery for more photos from our fall hike and bird banding experience.
On Sundays through October they host Geology Walks from 10-11am. Learn about the formation of the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior, discover the coves 1.1 billion-year-old lava flows, learn to recognize common rocks, and visit the beautiful cobblestone beach. The cost of this program is $2 per person or $5 per family.
As a guest at Bluefin Bay, you can also sign up for one of our guided hikes to Sugarloaf Cove. On this 1.5 mile hike, we’ll trek through woods and along rock ledge to Sugarloaf Beach. We’ll then follow along a marked interpretive route through a Red Pine Plantation that showcases the logging history and geological history of the North Shore.
This amazing place relies on membership, donations, and grants for their funding. For those of you who live in and near the Twin Cities area, you may want to check out their biggest fundraiser event that is coming up: A North Shore Evening in Minneapolis on November 5th at the Pillsbury A-Mill Artists Lofts.