Re: Duluth to Knife River
There is not much in the way of anchorages along the Minnesota North Shore. In my limited experience I have found coast line rocky with no safe places to get out off the lake between Duluth and Silver Bay outside of commerical harbors, harbors of refuge and marinas.
It is possible to anchor for free in some of the commercial artifical harbors but sailors up here only anchor in them as a last resort to esape bad weather. If you are going up in this direction, buy a used copy of Superior Way and/or study Active Captain.
The good news is the marina's are very good and inexpensive. The cruise itself is extremely pretty and you will find yourself alone out there unless you are close to a harbor. Along the North Shore you need to be very careful with the weather because the bad stuff tends to come out of the northwest and the hills along the shore line tend to obscure it. You may not see it until it is on top of you. Weather forecasts are notoriously unreliable because the weather in this part of the world changes faster than almost anywhere else.
On our boat we have a Bruce (130' chain) and a CQR (30' chain + 100' rode) but we have not used them on the North Shore. On the south shore we find ourselves using the Bruce to good effect. Seems to work well in mud and sand and the chain lays it down good.
Last edited by shanedennis; 12-15-2012 at 10:43 PM.