McQuade Small Craft Harbor


If you’re looking for a day to watch ships on Lake Superior but don’t want to deal with the large crowds of tourists in Canal Park of Duluth, look no further. McQuade Small Craft Harbor is the perfect place to enjoy a calm, but interesting day watching small crafts come in and out of the harbor. Although they might not be the biggest vessels, this harbor has seen increased boat traffic for many years.

This public access facility was developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis County, and the City of Duluth. Combining their resources and knowledge, the Harbor was developed and includes boat and kayak launching areas, both east and west breakwaters to shelter the harbor, and several picnic areas for spectators to enjoy the views. There are also three platforms for fishing from the shore!

Whether you’re looking to put your boat in the water for a day on the lake, picnic with your family and enjoy the views, or just come for a leisurely stroll around the harbor, McQuade Small Craft Harbor is a great place for all those things. There is also plenty of parking and it is very accessible for pedestrians!

Getting There
Follow Scenic Highway 61 out of Duluth for approximately nine miles, then look for the McQuade Small Craft Harbor sign on your right.