Snowshoeing, or winter hiking as it is often referred to, is a very popular hobby that takes place on the North Shore. Strap on a pair of wooden or metal frames and explore the great outdoors during the winter season!

Although the origin of the snowshoe is quite controversial, the work of the snowshoe has come a long way. Beginning with hardwood frames and rawhide lacings, snowshoes have developed into a more modern metal and plastic framework to make the hike even more enjoyable. Even with these bigger and better snowshoes, some believe that the traditional wooden snowshoe makes for a better experience.

Where To Go

The sky (or should we say snow) is the limit for places to snowshoe. Unlike many sports, snowshoes allow people to venture off the beaten track. However, if you’re new to the sport, there are North Shore locations we recommend checking out. They include:

Where to Rent Snowshoes

If you’re looking to rent snowshoes, many of the state parks have limited rentals available. Check the state park website of your choice to see if snowshoes are available.  Several local businesses (see below) rent them for reasonable prices and provide excellent service for visitors. Businesses include:

  • Sawtooth Outfitters  |  7213 Highway 61, Tofte  |  (218) 663-7643
  • Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply  |  22 East 1st Street, Grand Marais |  (218) 387-3136

Want more information on snowshoeing? Check out the Snowshoeing Guide on Exploring the North Shore!

Some of the most beautiful views exist during the winter months. Don’t let the snow stop you from getting outside and experiencing all that the North Shore has to offer.

Listen and watch Martha and Jaye’s adventure snowshoeing on the Exploring the North Shore Podcast: