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Little Marais Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Little Marais Minnesota Highway Sign

Location of Beaver Bay Township and Little Marais Minnesota


Population: Little Marais is an unincorporated community in Beaver Bay Township
Beaver Bay Township 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
(est)
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 905 1,066 511 582 561 71 13.89
Land Area (sq. mile) 294.20 289.66 138.48 138.56 -- 0.08 0.06
Density (persons per sq. mile) 3.08 3.68 3.69 4.20 -- 0.51 13.83
Housing Units 341 426 371 403 -- 32 8.63
Households -- 292 198 242 260 44 22.22
Persons Per Household -- 3.02 2.58 2.33 2.15 -0.25 -9.72

Geography:

Beaver Bay Township is a township in Lake County, Minnesota on Lake Superior. State Highways 1 and 61 are two of the main arterial routes in the township. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 140.2 square miles (363.1 kmē), of which, 138.6 square miles (358.9 kmē) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.2 kmē) of it (1.16%) is water. The elevation is 1,588 ft (484 m).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Demographics:
 
As of the census of 2000, there were 582 people, 242 households, and 163 families residing in Beaver Bay Township. The population density was 4.2 people per square mile (1.6/kmē). There were 403 housing units at an average density of 2.9/sq mi (1.1/kmē). The racial makeup of the township was 97.77% White, 0.17% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 242 households out of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 1.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $43,438, and the median income for a family was $49,063. Males had a median income of $42,222 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,188. About 4.1% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


History:  

Little Marais, meaning "little marsh," was so named because of the little marsh near a local river and creek. Scandinavians began settling in this area, situated on the shores of Lake Superior, in the late 1880's. These settlers made their living by fishing as they had done in the "Old Country." Familiar names in Little Marais in those early days were Fenstad, Hansen, Gilbertsen, Christofferson, Ellingsen, and Koss. Many of the early settlers of Finland and Isabella arrived by boat at Little Marais and Pork Bay (Little Manitou).

With the construction of the Finland Radar Station is 1950 and the construction of Reserve Mining in 1951, Little Marais realized an increase in population. There are still Fenstads and descendants living in the area and although it is quieter than usual, it is still home to many and a good place to live.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Little Marais Lodge, cabin and store, 1920
Little Marais Lodge, cabin and store, 1920.    Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government: Little Marais is unincorporated and located in Beaver Bay Township
Beaver Bay Township
711 MacDonald Avenue
PO Box 306
Beaver Bay, MN 55601
Phone:
(218) 226-3669

Beaver Bay Township Offices, Beaver Bay Minnesota

Clerk Mary Jane VanDenHeuvel
4659 Highway 3
Silver Bay, MN 55614
(218) 226-3669
Treasurer Heidi Ellefson
6067 Highway 1
Silver Bay, MN 55614
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Supervisor Patricia Taylor
PO Box 476
Finland, MN 55603
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Supervisor Thomas Byrnes
5682 Lax Lake Road
Silver Bay, MN 55614
--
Supervisor Jerry Larson
5436 Edwardson Road
Silver Bay, MN 55614
--

Post Office:  Little Marais is served by the Silver Bay Minnesota Post Office:
US Post Office
13 Shopping Center
Silver Bay, MN 55614-9998
Phone: (218) 226-3700
Toll Free: (800) ASK USPS
Web:
www.usps.com
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
                       
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
Saturday           Closed
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:30 pm
Saturday                none

Post Office, Little Marais Minnesota, 1952
Post Office, Little Marais Minnesota, 1952.     Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society



Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity n/a --
Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone n/a --
Cable TV n/a --

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees

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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Little Marais Minnesota area


Events:
Little Marais Bench Carve-A-Thon Last weekend in June
Nationally known chainsaw artists Ross Olson and Curtis Ingvoldstad will be creating high quality North Shore Themed benches that will delight children and adults alike. Come watch high speed, high energy art being create for your enjoyment by these masters.

Attractions:
Blaine Fenstad's Charter Service
6572 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-6482
 
Lake Superior Scenic Drive

Highway 61

The North Shore of Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake, is 154 miles of scenic beauty and natural wonders. The drive along the lakeshore is rich with the history of American Indians, French and British explorers, lumbering and iron ore mining. On one side of the highway, Superior National Forest, one of the great wilderness areas of the U.S., carpets the hills of the Sawtooth Mountains with balsams, birch and pine. On the other side, Lake Superior offers spectacular views from the rocky shore. Whether it is a wilderness expedition or the comforts of a modern lodge, the lofty pines of the Superior National Forest and crashing waves of Lake Superior seem to have a magic that whispers to travelers . . . "come back."

Recreation:

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Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Location Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
     

Health Care:
none - see Beaver Bay or Silver Bay

Schools:

none


Churches: 

none


Media:

none

 
Motels:

none


Resorts:
Fenstad's Resort
6572 Hwy 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-4724

Lake shore vacation cabins on beach and rocky shore, wood burning fireplaces, hiking trails, outdoor games, boat launch and dock use on Lake Superior.

 
Little Marais Lakeside Cabins and Colonial Estates
6476 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-3456
Web:
www.superiorlakesidecabins.com

Our Resort is centrally located in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota right on Lake Superior's shoreline. All of the North Shore attractions are within easy reach, whether it be hiking, sight seeing, shopping or just plain relaxing by the cool waters of Superior. In our gift shop The Eagles Nest you can find unique gifts and souvenirs of the area as well as Ice Cream and Sodas, cabins cuisine and condiments.

Little Marais Lakeside Cabins and Colonial Estates
Little Marais Lakeside Cabins and Colonial Estates
Spirit of Gitche Gumee
6228 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-6476
Web:
www.gitchegumee.net

The Spirit of Gitche Gumee is a Bed & Breakfast, Gift Shop, Coffee House. The B&B has four cozy guest rooms. In our gift store we feature rustic furniture, sculpture, clothing, wild rice, maple syrup, and unique items not found elsewhere. We serve the North Shores best coffee, espresso, and assorted drinks, along with fresh baked scones and cookies.

Spirit of Gitche Gumee Bed & Breakfast and Gift Shop, Little Marais Minnesota

Little Marais Lodge, Little Marais Minnesota, 1940
Little Marais Lodge, Little Marais Minnesota, 1940.    Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Campgrounds:

Coming Soon!


Businesses:
Antilla's Gallery
Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-4884
 
Blaine Fenstad's Charter Service
6572 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-6482
 
Eagles Nest Gifts
1110 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-3447

Our shop features unique gifts of the area such as Thunder Bay Amethyst & Lake Superior Agates. Wild Rice from Minnesota, local Maple Syrup, Minnesota Wild Jellies & Syrups, a variety of Specialty Soups and hand made Pastas. Birch Bark Creations from local & Russian Artisans, beautifully tuned Wind Chimes, handcrafted Bird Houses & Feeders, as well as local Lighthouses.

Eagles Nest Gifts, Little Marais Minnesota
Fenstad's Resort
6572 Hwy 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-4724

Lake shore vacation cabins on beach and rocky shore, wood burning fireplaces, hiking trails, outdoor games, boat launch and dock use on Lake Superior.

 
Fish Out of Water Gift Shop
6146 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (
218) 226-4884

Whittled, carved, crafted wooden items for the home or as a gift - out in the "Wood Shop." Plus great gifts in the little shop in the house.

Fish Out of Water Gift Shop, Little Marais Minnesota
Little Marais Lakeside Cabins and Colonial Estates
6476 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-3456
Web:
www.superiorlakesidecabins.com

Our Resort is centrally located in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota right on Lake Superior's shoreline. All of the North Shore attractions are within easy reach, whether it be hiking, sight seeing, shopping or just plain relaxing by the cool waters of Superior. In our gift shop The Eagles Nest you can find unique gifts and souvenirs of the area as well as Ice Cream and Sodas, cabins cuisine and condiments.

Superior Lakeside Cabins, Little Marais Minnesota
Little Marais Lakeside Cabins and Colonial Estates, Little Marais Minnesota
Nelson's Designs
6423 Little Marais Road
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226 3425
Web:
www.nelsonsdesignssp.com

My name is Randy Nelson. I am the owner and operator of Nelsons Designs. I have over 30 years working with woodworking machines in my spare time. I have done a wide variety of projects including building houses (framing to finishing), decks, furniture, cabinets, outdoor play equipment and toys.

Spirit of Gitche Gumee
6228 Highway 61
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-6476
Web:
www.gitchegumee.net

The Spirit of Gitche Gumee is a Bed & Breakfast, Gift Shop, Coffee House. The B&B has four cozy guest rooms. In our gift store we feature rustic furniture, sculpture, clothing, wild rice, maple syrup, and unique items not found elsewhere. We serve the North Shores best coffee, espresso, and assorted drinks, along with fresh baked scones and cookies.

Spirit of Gitche Gumee Bed & Breakfast and Gift Shop, Little Marais Minnesota
Stone Hearth Inn Bed & Breakfast
6598 Lakeside Estates Road
Little Marais, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-3020
 

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