Saxon Harbor

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Saxon Harbor is located on Lake Superior's Oronto Bay in Iron County, Wisconsin, United States.[1] The harbor, adjacent to Oronto Creek, is a part of a county park that includes deep sea fishing, camping and a sandy beach stretching for four miles westward.[2][3] Historically, this was near the beginning of an ancient Native American trade route known as the Flambeau Trail and was the site of a fur trading post operated by John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company from 1808 to 1830.

In 2006, a $2.17 million expansion to the harbor was completed. Primarily funded by a Section 154 grant set up by State Representative Dave Obey, the project added a new harbor basin, shoreline protection, new docks and restroom facilities and American Disability Act-complaint sidewalks.[4]

On the night of July 11, 2016, a major storm destroyed the harbor. Oronto Creek spilled over its banks, washing down trees and brush; its water flowed into the harbor, washing away boats, vehicles, asphalt, concrete, and trailers at the campground. One fatality occurred at the harbor.[5]


  1. ^ "Saxon Harbor (Wisconsin)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
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  5. ^ "Flooding causes major damage at Saxon Harbor". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved July 19, 2016.