Duluth Lakewalk


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Duluth Lakewalk Facts

States: Minnesota
Counties: St. Louis
Length: 7 miles
Trail end points: Canal Park Museum and 26th Ave. East & London Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016291
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Duluth Lakewalk Description

The Duluth Lakewalk extends between Canal Park and S. 60th Avenue E. near University Park. The southern half of the trail follows the shore of Lake Superior quite closely from the south end to 26th Avenue, where it then veers inland a few blocks, carrying on north to parallel London Road. At N. 40th Avenue E. the trail continues along a northeast–southwest route, paralleling Superior Street to trail's end at 60th Avenue.

Lake Superior shimmers next to the path and you can watch numerous ships and small craft in the port. The trail offers access to the Convention Center complex, Great Lakes Aquarium and the Bayfront Festival Park.

At the Canal Park end you'll see the lift bridge and sculptures depicting Duluth's sister cities in Sweden, Russia and Japan.

Public restrooms are located near the lake just west of the city mural and at the Rose Garden parking lot.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in Canal Park at the southern terminus of the trail and also mid-trail adjacent to the Leif Erickson Park Rose Garden (13th Avenue East and London Road).

Duluth Lakewalk Reviews

Was an okay trail. Beautiful along the shore, but lots of foot traffic to watch for and watch for all the bumps! Lots of picnic areas and benches. Unfortunately, it does not go to the lift bridge now, it just suddenly ends and is being renovated. Going north, less traffic, lots of flowers, but also lots of street crossings.

Was our first time riding on this trail. Had no clue from any websites that they were renovating the trail. Very unclear signage. Some was still nicely paved along lake shore but majority was on busy highway or sidewalks where nobody trims their bushes. Won't be going back anytime soon.

Downtown is always crowded, but crowd drops off rapidly as you leave downtown and go north toward Brighton Beach (60th Street). For another good ride walk bike across lift bridge and ride Lake/Michigan to end of street, about 4 miles. Just one stop sign in 4 miles, so can ride as fast as you want. Traffic drops off a few blocks from the lift bridge.


I wasn't expecting to ride this at all, but I checked in to the Hampton Inn at Canal Park, looked out the window, and there it was. At that end of the trail on a summer evening, there were crowds strolling up and down both the boardwalk that parallels the trail, and the trail itself, making it necessary to brake frequently to avoid running over people. The location and trail condition were great: perhaps on a different day or time it'd be possible to get up to speed and keep going.

On vacation here in Duluth and needed to get a 12 mile bike ride in. Tried this one and it was fantastic. Good mixture of hills, long lengths for increasing speed, and some corners to adjust to! Very fun and somewhat challenging!

Many people believe the Lakewalk ends at 21st Ave E. because it connects with the road for about 2 blocks. If you continue past the condos, there is actually several more miles of bike trail that will take you all the way to Brighton beach. I am disappointed that people complain the Lakewalk is only three miles when a round trip is actually around 16 miles. The first three miles are filled with beautiful lake scenery and the next five pass through beautiful trees, quiet neighborhoods, and several swimming locations. Keep going!

Asphalt trail along the waterfront from Canal Park (by the lift bridge) to a set of new condos that cut off the trail at about the point where I-35 turns into Highway 61. The waterfront park has been beautifully developed with flower gardens, statuary, murals and grassy frisbee fields. Smooth asphalt trail with rolling hills has loads of picture-taking opportunities. The trail ends abruptly with no notice at the lift bridge.

Duluth has done a wonderful job of developing this trail system. Scenery is beautiful. I traveled the trail in August 2002. There were many people utilizing the trail. Some hills but my 9 year old handled his own!

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