Ship Watching

One of the most awe-inspiring things do in Two Harbors is to watch the ore boats in Agate Bay. Many of these vessels are over 1,000 feet long and it’s amazing to witness them maneuver in and out of our small port with ease.  Stood upright from end to end, the biggest ships that we see in our port would stand almost as tall as the Chrysler Building!  A popular spot to watch them is from the end of the breakwall, where they come so close that it feels like you can reach out and touch them!

            

 

You may see both ‘lakers’ (ships that travel within the Great Lakes) and ‘salties’ (ocean-going vessels that hail from throughout the world) in Agate Bay loading up with iron ore, which is the primary ingredient for making steel. The ore is delivered to port by rail from mines in northern Minnesota; the vessels load up and transport the ore to steel mills, such as in Northwest Indiana, Detroit, Cleveland, and Ontario.

 Find daily shipping schedules at the RJ Houle Information Center or keep tabs on anticipated arrivals and departures on duluthboats.com!

 

Live Harbor Camera Feeds

Watch the ships from the comfort of your own home on our harbor cams!

Boat Launch Cam | Depot Cam

Two Harbors Lighthouse

Agate Bay is also home to the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Minnesota, the Two Harbors Lighthouse!

While you’re down watching the ships, make sure to take a tour of the three Light Station buildings open for visitors.  (Open May-October)

More information on the historic sites in Two Harbors may be found on the   Lake County Historical Society Website.