Spirit Lake Marina and Sailing the Loop
This marina is little off the beaten trail- its a combination of rv park and marina with a bit of WWII history as well. A walk around the marina with a camera shows the kitschy side; its not about the glitz or highbrow “yacht Club” persona.
Last Sail of The 2012 Season
After sharing boating stories, we learned that the popular day trip was to motor back up the St Louis River 6 miles to Duluth and sail the “LOOP”.
We invited John, his wife and their two dogs to join us the next day for a fall sail, and to guide us around the loop.
Turned out to be a brisk fall day, but perfect for a final sail of the season.
We motored back up the river, with the plan to cruise by Barkers Island, out beyond the Point and return along the outside shore of the peninsula. this would lead us back to the Aerial Lift Bridge and into the canal again.
Scenery along the river and canal included dredging of the channel near Barkers Island. huge cranes were methodically pulling silt off the lake bottom and dropping it onto barges.
Along the shores are Active Ore Docks and Grain Elevators ready to load and unload the lakers that arrive from all over the great Lakes.
The structure of the swing bridge is amazing to see from the water.
The photos may not do justice, but the mechanics are huge , rusty and in good working order.
This trip, the bridge was already in the open position both going and coming back. We got a good look at the stuffed animals that have been attached to the bridge. It is a bit eerie to see them hanging there. Other blogs have described how they came to be attached to the bridge.
The loop was another opportunity to see the river and canal traffic. There were dredges working on keeping the channel open, Charter Fishing Boats and several sailboats coming and going from Barkers Island. Barkers is located on the Superior Wi. side. There is a breakwall and Superior Lighthouse marking the entry from the harbor out into Lake Superior. We allowed several hours to complete the tour and had a great day learning about some of the local destinations. Can’t wait till spring to explore the area again.
Entrance to Barkers :