Split Rock Lighthouse -- south of Silver Bay

Silver Bay, Minnesota

The City of Silver Bay  is located in Lake County, Minnesota, on the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior approximately 56 miles northeast of Duluth, MN on US Highway 61.

The community, which was originally built by Reserve Mining Company for the employees in its taconite processing plant, was incorporated in 1956 and has approximately 2000 residents. Silver Bay, the newest community on the North Shore, lies three miles northeast of Beaver Bay, the oldest community on the North Shore.

Silver Bay Environment

Stormwater Information

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Elected Officials

Regional Stormwater Protection Team

Public Health and other Environmental Information

  •   Public and Environmental Health
    • Source Water Assessment for Silver Bay (2002) (238 KB pdf)
      is a document required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The assessment was carried out under the auspices of the Minnesota Department of Health and provides:
      1. a general description of the area which supplies water to the Silver Bay water utility;
      2. an overview of why this water supply is susceptible to potential contaminants;
      3. a description of the contaminants of concern which may impact water quality; and
      4. to the extent practical, the origins of these contaminants.
    • Tap Water Quality
      for the community is available as a detailed report that lists individual pollutants; these in turn can be individually clicked to find information on potential sources of pollutant, a health impact summary, a testing summary and a violation summary. Further information on permissible levels and summaries of state and national hot spots for the particular pollutant can be called up also. More detailed information is also available in the drinking water and wastewater sections of our website.
    • Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program
      Provides water quality information based on indicator bacteria (fecal coliform and E. coli) concentrations for Minnesota's public Lake Superior beaches. Tabs at top of the home page provide additional information on the monitoring program, the science behind the program and advice on how to help prevent beach contamination. Includes a novel mapping utility to "see" the sampling sites and their current data and a unique data visualization tool for viewing the data over time or comparing it to other sites and other measurements. Here's the link for the Silver Bay Marina but note that there are other monitoring sites in the vicinity:

      Lake County sampling sites

  •   Maps, Demography, Climate
    • Interactive map of Silver Bay
    • Statistical information
      Demographics, economics, housing, education, climate and more. Similar information is available in differing formats here (a narrative format supported with charts, also identifies regional services supporting Silver Bay).
    • Weather Report that includes current conditions, 5 day forecast, radar based weather maps, astronomical information (e.g. moon phase and times of sunrise and sunset)