Knife River Marina and Access


Knife River was built in the early 1970s and operated as a private marina under Lake County ownership until the Minnesota DNR took over in 2001. The marina and access were acquired to assure continued public access to Lake Superior, provide a safe harbor and needed services to enhance the Lake Superior Small Craft Harbor System.

This 100 slip full-service marina is operated for the DNR by a concessionaire.

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(218) 834-6076

A view by air of Knife River Marina and Access, along Lake Superior.

Caution: Storms can create large waves in the harbor entrance.


  • Double launch ramp.

  • One roll-in ramp dock and adjacent fuel dock.

  • Paved and gravel parking for 25 car/trailers (follow directional signs for parking).

  • Portable restroom.

  • Diesel and premium gas available.

  • Full service marina, with seasonal and transient slips, pump-out, boat haul-out and repair, winter storage, yacht club and ship store.

  • Entrance navigation light #16495.

  • Restaurant and shops in vicinity.

Knife River Marina is a 100 slip full-service marina, and operated for the Minnesota DNR by a concessionaire.

Knife River Marina and Access location map


18.5 miles northeast of the Duluth Harbor Entry, 9 miles northeast of McQuade and 7 miles southwest of Two Harbors.

Approximate GPS Coordinates:

Lat 46º 56.37 Lon 91º 46.44

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