silver bay mn

Silver Bay, MN

Lat: 47° 16.164   Long: 091° 16.468

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Refuge
  • Monitors VHF: 16
  • Charts: NOS 14967
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code218
Police(216) 226-4486
Hospital(218) 226-4431
Pharmacy(218) 226-3829


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Superior, WI 46 SW Grand Marais, MN 48 NE
Cornucopia, WI 25 S Isle Royale, MI 91 NE
Ontonagan, MI 83 E Thunder Bay, ON 133 NE


Although the town of Silver Bay MN has been established for many years, the marina is relatively new. Privately owned, it opened in 1999 as a much-needed Harbor of Refuge. This is am important facility along a coastline that offers few shelters when Lake Superior turns angry.

The town of Silver Bay Minnesota is located about 3 mi/5 km away. To the south, lies the village of Beaver bay, about 1.5 mi/2.5 km away


The approaches to Silver Bay MN are clear from all directions. Silver Bay has long been a commercial harbor, shipping millions of tons of iron pellets, known as taconite. The harbor of refuge was constructed on the west side of Silver Bay's west breakwater. - a breakwater that ends on Pellet Island. Pellet Island is marked with a Fl GREEN light, visible about 5.8 nm offshore.

A spur breakwater running SW from the west breakwater encloses the shallow bay, creating the harbor of refuge. The entrance is well-marked with three sets of RED/GREEN lighted buoys. The SW end of the spur breakwater is marked with a RED daymark. Rounding that point, the marina will be dead ahead.


Silver Bay Marina   (218) 226-3121   VHF 16
Silver Bay Marina has 108 slips with 40 set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available at each slip. The modern marina building has restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is a lounge area and deck to relax on. There is also WIFI internet access. The marina can arrange for transportation into Silver Bay to a grocery store for provisions. Other amenities include a childrens' playground, picnic areas and BBQ grills.


There are no repair facilities here. The Harbormaster may be able to arrange for a local mechanic in the event of an emergency.

Zups Food Market is located in nearby Silver Bay, MN, about 3 mi/5 km away. The Harbormaster may be able to arrange for a shuttle to get there. Zups can handle all your re-provisioning requirements.

North Shore Federal Credit Union in nearby Silver Bay has both counter service and an ATM.


Bay Area Medical Clinic (218) 226-4431 is located in Silver Bay MN. It is open during regular business hours and has a physican on call for emergencies when the clinic is closed.

Essentia Health - Silver Bay Pharmacy (218) 226-3829 is located in Silver Bay.


In nearby Beaver Bay, try Northern Lights Roadhouse, a popular and good quality restaurant. They will provide transportation to and from the marina. The Northwoods Cafe is open for breakfast in the Silver Bay Shopping Center.


Silver Bay, MN is set in a true wilderness environment. There are a number of hiking trails in the immediate area. This is a great place to simply enjoy the beauty of the north coast of Lake Superior. The Silver Bay MN community website will give you some ideas on how you can enjoy your visit.

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