Where to go for rec sports in NorthlandWhether you’re a college newbie trying to stave off the dreaded freshman 15 or simply looking for productive ways to kill time between classes, don’t fret — recreational options abound in the Northland.
By: Louie St. George III, Duluth News Tribune
Whether you’re a college newbie trying to stave off the dreaded freshman 15 or simply looking for productive ways to kill time between classes, don’t fret — recreational options abound in the Northland.
So, we’ll give you a push in the right direction with the following truncated list. But don’t take this as a comprehensive rundown of every court, field or gym in the area. No, it’s merely a starting point.
The Duluth Y, 302 W. First St., offers some high-quality hoops every weekday during the lunch hour. The pickup games, for Y members, tip off at noon.
The Y also hosts men’s 4-on-4 leagues in the fall, winter and spring.
Short shorts are optional.
If you’re like us and real golf is simply way too frustrating, grab your discs and hit up one of the following scenic courses:
Mont du Lac, 3125 S. Mont du Lac Road, Superior: This off-the-beaten-path gem has three courses, including two with 18 holes and one with seven. Granted, this one costs money, and you probably don’t have much of that, but it’s worth it. Plus, you can grab a burger and beer (or soda) at the on-site bar.
Miller Creek Disc Golf, near Lake Superior College: This is a free 18-hole layout.
Others: There is a seven-hole course at Central Park in Superior, and both the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica have courses on campus.
It’s time to dig out the helmet and shoulder pads. Yeah, not so much.
But you can dabble in a little touch football this fall at the Wheeler softball fields, 3500 W. Grand Ave.
The Duluth Touch Football League plays its games on Tuesdays and Sundays, and a 14-game regular season precedes the playoffs. The team entry fee is $550.
Call Rick McArthur at (218) 310-4553 for more information.
Nothing gets the blood flowing like a good header into the boards.
There are a number of spots in the Northland that feature open ice time, including Mars Lakeview Arena, 1201 Rice Lake Road.
Mars offers public skating from noon to 2 p.m. most Fridays, starting Sept. 6. The cost of skating is $4, and rental skates are available for $3.
To verify open ice times, go to marslakeview.com.
Leave your driver at home — heck, leave every club at home — and work on your short game while trying to dodge windmills and clowns.
There are a few options here, most notably Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf at Barker’s Island in Superior, as well as the Adventure Zone, 349 Lake Ave. S., and Spirit Mountain in Duluth.
Capt’n J’s offers 18 challenging holes on its outdoor course, which features steep banks and plenty of obstacles.
The nine-hole course at Adventure Zone gives off the vibe of actually being on the banks of Lake Superior thanks to a large wall mural, but alas, it is only a vibe — you are, in fact, inside.
Spirit Mountain’s layout, nine holes and outdoors, was designed by David Salmela, a local architect with a national reputation.
Duluth has you covered year-round for your soccer needs.
The Duluth Amateur Soccer League has fall and summer outdoor leagues for players of all ages and skill levels. The summer season takes place at UMD’s Malosky Stadium, while fall league sites have included Denfeld and East high schools, Ordean East Middle School and St. Scholastica. Go to duluthsoccer.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a rundown.
The Duluth Recreational Soccer League has women’s and coed leagues during the summer, fall and winter (indoor) seasons on a number of fields throughout the city.
The Duluth Indoor Soccer League has a competitive division during winter and spring at Pioneer Park next to the DECC. E-mail
email@example.com for information.
While there are a handful of options for outdoor volleyball in the spring and summer, nobody wants to play outdoor volleyball in January.
The Duluth Y has you covered.
The Y offers a co-rec league on Thursdays in the fall, winter and spring. Choose your league based on skill level, and let the good times roll.