November has arrived! And with it, Storm Season. While November is a quieter time of year on the North Shore in terms of visitors, it is Lake Superior’s loudest season.
In late Fall, low-pressure systems pass over Lake Superior which result in stronger winds. The winds, sometimes called “Nor’easters” can reach up to 50 miles per hour, with gusts up to 100 miles per hour. These wind patterns can result in large waves on our Great Lake, known as the Gales of November. The highest recorded wave on Lake Superior is 28.8 feet, although unofficial wave heights are believed to have exceeded 40 feet.
Thanks to Gordon Lightfoot, many have heard of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. But Lake Superior has claimed hundreds of ships into her cool depths. Another notable shipwreck event occurred on November 28th, 1905 when the Mataafa Storm caused 29 vessels to sink or be seriously damaged. One of those vessels was the 478-foot iron ore carrier William Edenborn, which was towing the 436-foot barge Madeira. The large waves caused the towline to part around 3 a.m. and the unpowered Madeira crashed into the shoreline. Around the same time, the Edenborn was whooshed into the mouth of the Split Rock River. The carrier was split in two. Luckily, the Edna G. provided life saving services to both crews and only 2 seamen lost their lives. That storm led to the construction of Split Rock Lighthouse, which was completed in 1910.
And if you have not had the opportunity to discover this memorable season for yourself, consider visiting us this year! Stay 3 nights and take advantage of our Gales of November offer for a free night on us.
Fall Color Report: October 6 – Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts
For this week’s Fall Color report, we couldn’t resist telling you about the delightful scene at our different properties: Bluefin Bay, Surfside on Lake Superior and Temperance Landing on Lake Superior. The DNR’s Fall Color map shows that the North Shore area is past peak, but near the lake the leaves tend to hang around a bit longer than they do inland. It makes for a magnificent view from the guest rooms, pool areas and Bluefin Grille. The dark blue of Lake Superior is the perfect contrast against the yellows and golds. We also begin to see a bit more wave action in October on the big lake. Here are updates from all 3 of our resorts.
Whether you select a stunning lakeside suite, multi-bedroom condo, or a guestroom overlooking the ancient Sawtooth Mountains, you’ll get a front row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows. At Bluefin Bay, we bring you closer to the lake, and to each other.
Dramatic angles, vaulted pine ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, vast expanses of glass, in-suite fireplaces, double whirlpool tubs, glass and tile showers, and more balconies and patios than any other resort on Minnesota’s North Shore – are all right here waiting for you.
There is perhaps nothing as warm and inviting as a log home for escape from our hectic, fast-paced lives. Place it on Lake Superior’s North Shore and you’ve got the perfect destination for family vacations, a couples’ retreat or friends’ getaway.
This will be our last Fall Color report for 2020. We’ve received questions from guests wondering if the colors changed earlier this year than usual. The answer is yes! You can view maps from previous years on the DNR’s fall color page on their website, which we found to be very interesting!
Fall Color Report: September 16th – Color Tour AND Family Fun at Lutsen Mountains!
Photo: Sept 15, 2019
Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts Fall Color Report: 25% Fall Colors. We are reporting little color change by Lake Superior with more fall colors peeking through 1-2 miles inland.
Experience more fall fun on Minnesota’s North Shore with a trip up to Lutsen Mountains. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and offers fun for the whole family!
Lutsen Mountains is located a couple of miles inland from Lake Superior. On our Fall Color Report adventure this past weekend we hiked along the trails winding through this area and spotted some beautiful Fall colors starting along the top of the ridgelines.
The Summit Express Gondola is one of our favorite ways to view the fall colors. You’ll travel above the treetops heading up 1,000 feet to the top of Moose Mountain with views of the autumn colors, Lake Superior, and the Sawtooth Mountains. Hop out at the Summit Chalet for breathtaking views, scenic overlooks, and hiking trails.
For those looking to add a long hike to their Lutsen Mountains experience, we recommend heading out on the Superior Hiking Trail starting from the end of the road that runs past the main ski area. This 4.5-mile hike winds across the Poplar River and around the back of Mystery and Moose Mountain through forests of cedar, brightly colored maple and aspen. In addition, this hike ends at the top of Moose Mountain where you can purchase a ticket and head back via the gondola – a sweet way to end a rewarding hiking adventure! The Summit Express Gondola is open daily through October 20.
The Alpine Slide is perfect for those looking for a few thrills during their fall color tour. One of the best parts of this activity is the chairlift ride to the top of Eagle Mountain. Sit back and enjoy a unique view of the fall beauty. Then, zip down a 1/2 mile track on your sled! Your trip can be fast and thrilling or slow and easy. This one is a family favorite! The Alpine Slide is open weekends through October 20.
A Rainbow of Colors! This Week’s Fall Color Report…
Bluefin Bay Fall Colors Report: Up to 30% turned to fall color inland. 10% Fall color along Lake Superior.
For this week’s Fall Color Report we visited two of our favorite spots to check on the colors: Oberg Mountain and the Poplar River trail at Lutsen Mountains. Visit our Fall Photo Gallery to see the variety of fall colors that we came upon.
We are still only at about 10% fall color right by Lake Superior at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, but there are many spots of beautiful bright color appearing farther inland. Depending on where you go you’ll see about 25-30% fall color. The fall color drives are fun this year with so much variety of color! We’re predicting the next couple weeks will be the height of fall colors in our area.
On the Oberg Mountain Loop, we spotted areas of Maples at their peak and some just starting to turn red and orange as we looked further inland from the breathtaking overlooks that this hike provides. Areas closer to Lake Superior were still predominantly green. A few pops of yellow showed that the Birch and Aspen are starting to turn but peak colors are yet to come.
We also visited a section of the Superior Hiking Trail by the Poplar River at Lutsen Mountains. This area was still fairly green but showing some signs that fall is here with areas of full color as you trek further up and behind the ski hill area. One awesome activity to add to your fall North Shore vacation itinerary is a ride on the Summit Express Gondola to Moose Mountain for a one of a kind autumn leaf viewing experience.
Feel the WOW of the North Shore’s Fall experience here! This link from the Minnesota DNR provides weekly fall color updates for the entire state, as well as expected peak color dates, visitor photos, and more. Fall colors on the North Shore usually peak mid to late September and early October.
Share your fall color photos on Instagram or Twitter during your Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts vacation by using #bluefinbay for a chance to be featured on one of our social media channels!
Take a front row seat for Nature’s Best Show
Bluefin Bay Fall Colors Report: Summer 95%, 5% Fall
Fall color peaking out in the tops of some maples on Sept. 1 (about 4-0% color).
Labor Day marks a transition for many. Kids go back to school. Parents get back in a more structured routine, the most colorful time of year is at our doorstep, the mosquitoes take a hiatus, and many folks plan their Fall getaways!
We love this time of year on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore where Fall puts on a show like no other season, and no other place. While some of us try to hang on to the last days of summer — enjoying the final days of guided kayaking and wilderness canoeing — others can’t wait for jacket temps and the Fall show. The star of the show: our breathtaking bright orange Maples and the yellow gold Poplar and Birch — all set against the back drop of our majestic pines and Lake Superior herself.
Check Out Our Fall Colors Report Weekly
At the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ve decided to provide our very own weekly Fall Colors Report for guests and blog readers alike. So whether you get to the shore in person or not, each week in our “I Love Bluefin” blog we’ll showcase a favorite Fall hike complete with photos and videos. We’ll show and tell you our estimate on how much color we have and when we think it will peak. We’ll also share the Department of Natural Resources (DNR’s) Fall Color map so you can check the official Fall Color report for the whole state. (But trust us, it doesn’t get any better than this!)
Fall colors typically peak in Northern Minnesota and along the North Shore between mid September and early October. But our beautiful shoreline and Superior National forest provides spectacular color for 3-4 weeks. Last year, we had color for more than a month!
This past Labor Day Weekend, our marketing director Lori Schaefer hiked one of our all-time favorite Fall hikes – the Oberg Mountain Loop. This is the trail to hike during the early Maple colors of Fall. We love watching the progression of Autumn as the weeks go by from Oberg. It is one of our most poplar hikes. Trust us, this Maple-filled hillside and Birch-filled forest will surpass ALL of your expectations.
The Oberg Loop hike is about 2.5 miles and is ranked easy to moderate with some steep climbs. The best part, it includes a total of seven spectacular overlooks.
As of Sept. 1, we’re reporting about 95% lush green summer with about a 5% turn ratio. But give it a week or so and things will really start to pop. View the DNR Fall Color Map here. It’s updated every Thursday throughout the Fall season.
Plan your Fall getaway now at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore. We might be bragging, but we do Fall best!