Iona’s Beach SNA


Area and County

    Lake County
    Northeast Minnesota

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10 acres


Detail map (MN DNR)


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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.


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest

Ecological Classification

Northern Superior Uplands


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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Wood Routed Sign

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Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior)

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Lake Superior Rocky Shore

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  Iona's Beach SNA
  Iona's Beach SNA  

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
Brian Klier

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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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. Observations

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



Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


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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