McQuade Small Craft Harbor


This accessible facility provides both a public boat access location and a small craft harbor. The Minnesota DNR developed the facility in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers and in cooperation with St. Louis County, the City of Duluth, and Duluth and Lakewood Townships.


Facility map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.


A view by air of the McQuade public water access site.


  • Four ramps, 50’ x 14’ with 5-foot minimum depth at ramp ends.

  • Four docks; two in the ramp area and two staging/emergency mooring docks.

  • Kayak launch in southwest corner.

  • Paved parking for 60 car/trailers.

  • Public restrooms (seasonal). Portable restrooms available year around.

  • Three acre small craft harbor basin behind breakwaters. Basin depth is 8-foot minimum entry and main basin: 5-foot depth at dock and ramp ends.

  • Interpretive kiosk.

  • Accessible pedestrian tunnel under the highway.

  • Accessibile shore fishing platform on the east breakwater.

  • Accessible breakwater walk and viewing area.

  • Red navigation light on east breakwater light #16492.

  • Restaurant and lodging in the vicinity.

McQuade Small Craft Harbor a protected public water access located along the shore of Lake Superior.



McQuade Small Craft Harbor location map


10.5 miles from the Duluth Harbor Entry and 9 miles SW of Knife River.

Approximate GPS Coordinates:

Lat 46° 52.48 Lon 91° 55.12

Free U.S. Coast Guard mobile app This link leads to an external site.