Knife River Marina and Access

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

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, Knife River Marina (218) 834-6076.

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

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 and Access location mapLocation:

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