Iona’s Beach SNA

               
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Area and County

Lake County

 

 

 


Size

10 acres

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Parking

N47 10.001, W91 25.488

 
Hiking Trails

A short trail leads from the parking area to the site and then to the gravel beach. The paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail skirts the western edge of this site.

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest

Ecological Classification

Section

Northern Superior Uplands

Subsection(s)

North Shore Highlands

Land Type Association(s)

Split Rock Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior)

Lake Superior Rocky Shore


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Visits

5/25/2011

   

 

 

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Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior)

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About

Iona's Beach SNA lies on a narrow strip of Lake Superior's North Shore between Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks. This site is named after Iona Lind, former owner of Twin Points Resort (which previously occupied the current parking area).

 
     

 

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  Twin Points Resort / Iona's Beach - Lutsen, MN - August 1986
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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2012

What today is Iona's Beach SNA on Lake Superior, was, for at least 3 decades, Iona Lind's Twin Points Resort. As I have been unable to find anything but old postcards and a sign at Iona's Beach referencing "what used to be", I uploaded this video. The video is from August of 1986.

Twin Points Resort consisted of a main office, motel, and several lakeshore cabins owned by "Grandma" Iona Lind, and run by both her and her son Alden Lind. The cabins were quaint, rustic, but always clean, and offered some spectacular views from one of the best Lake Superior beaches.

Later in the video, you will see a cabin in very poor condition right on the beach. Every time we stayed here at the resort, we were just waiting for this structure to collapse. The irony is that Twin Points Resort is now demolished and gone, yet this cabin, right on the beach, still remains today.

 
     

 

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Cairman
7/8/2012

I just love this place. Haven't visited recently, but one day a couple years ago I hung my hammock between trees to at the end of the trail from the parking lot (west of the actual beach). I spent the day alternating between wandering the beach and lounging in the hammock. There was a line of low clouds dividing the water from the equally blue sky. Am just recommending it for a lunch stop for friends who will be in the area.

 

 

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Birds

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


Plants

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype FDn43b2

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior) LKu32e

Lake Superior Rocky Shore LKu43

 
 

common dandelion

common strawberry

early meadow rue

wood anemone

yellow marsh marigold


 

 

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