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Driving North on I-35, take exit 256 (Canal Park). Follow Lake Ave over the Aerial Lift Bridge onto Park Point. There are parking lots at 1st Turns, the School House, and the Beach Club.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name 1st Turns
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Just your normal beach break. The sand bars can get pretty deffinitive, which really isn't a good thing. big wave events in the fall will flatten-out the bars, and offer-up some surprisingly fun waves when the wind backs-off.
This is the only place that will break in the Duluth area from June to September, however menial. If you're waiting for the swell to build, when the paddle-out gets too much, then the North Shore will be breaking.
1st Turns has a deffinitive peak, as does the School House. Drive to the end of the road and the water gets a bit deeper, and the waves have a bit more power.
Certainly a beginner wave, but can produce some incrediblely fun beach break when the wind dies, goes SW or if it's a straight-north wind. Always a good place to meet-up with other surfers, though.
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