At the Old Mill Inn in Toronto a bronze relief commemorates Étienne Brûlé and his explorations during the 17th century.

Jeanne K. Hanson

The Extraordinary Life of Étienne Brûlé: Breaking Trail to the Big Lake in the 17th Century

Étienne Brûlé was almost certainly the first European seen by the Lake Superior region’s Ojibwe people. Many scholars believe he was the first European to view Lake Superior from the eastern tip. Here is the story of his short and adventurous life. more »

Jun 1, 2014 3:47 PM Great Lakes

Courtesy Beyond the Porch Productions

Friends Bike Around the Lake in Keweenaw-Filmed "Superior" [Q&A + trailer]

Los Angeles-based Beyond the Porch Productions set up shop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last summer to film “Superior,” a coming-of-age story about friends who bike around Lake Superior in 1969. The team released a trailer in December. more »

Jan 23, 2015 10:30 AM Superior Notes

Great Lake Destinations

Find out more about Lake Superior Magazine's featured supporters through January's Great Lake Destinations. Links, Maps, Video, Facebook and more. more »

Jan 1, 2015 12:08 AM Magazine

"Bars are fabulously simple, but they need not be dull," says Juli Kellner. "I’ve got three good examples."

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Recipe Box: Bar None

Why bars and not cookies? Cookies are frustratingly fussy. They must individually be rolled, pressed, cut and formed. Bars are fabulously simple, but they need not be dull. more »

May 1, 2013 4:29 PM Food/Recipes

Chickadees and other birds and animals face winter head on, adapting to the cold clime. The other two ways that animals cope with winter is to flee (migrate) or to go into hiding (dormancy).

Rick Baetsen

How Do Northern Animals Cope with Winter?

Animals face the same arduous winter we do and have adapted by heading for warmer locations (migration), going into hiding (dormancy) or facing the music (cold out there). more »

Feb 1, 2006 12:00 AM Natural World

Minnesota Sea Grant

Lake Superior's Bizarre Fish

The sculpin are perhaps the most bizarre fish that occur in Lake Superior. The Lake is home to four species of sculpin. more »

Oct 4, 1998 1:35 PM Natural World

Shaun Parent

Up the Down Waterfall

Some of the best ice climbing in the world is found around Lake Superior, considered one of the best climbing locations in North America. more »

Jul 7, 2000 12:58 PM Recreation

An Artistic Dynasty

The profusion of Lake Superior art produced by the Sivertsons has become even more highly prized than the fish that Sivertson ancestors produced from the Lake. more »

Mar 5, 2001 9:52 AM Art/Photography

Going to the Dogs

As much as Jennifer and Will love sledding, the dogs seem to love it more. The dogs live to run; it’s their life. more »

Jan 29, 1999 11:33 AM Recreation

Winter presents many challenges, but with proper preparation, cold-weather photography can be great fun and yield spectacular results.

Dennis O'Hara

Picturing the Big Lake: 7 Winter Photography Tips

Photographer Dennis O'Hara gives us seven simple tips for photography during the winter, a special season of quiet snowfalls, pristine white landscapes and clear blue skies. more »

Jan 4, 2013 10:34 AM Superior Notes

20 Events to Remember

An awful lot can happen in a few thousand years. That's why it's hard to narrow to only 20 items this list of noteworthy events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lake Superior Magazine. But here are 20 significant events in the Lake's history. more »

Jul 31, 1999 11:47 AM Lake Superior

A satellite view of the October 26-27, 2010, extratropical cyclone that rocked the region.

National Weather Service

Nine Major Lake Superior Storms

Powered by strong low-pressure systems, these nine Lake Superior storms wrecked dozens of ships and claimed hundreds of lives. more »

Jan 16, 2012 2:59 PM Natural World

Tourists visited it by boat until Highway 61 was completed past the site in 1924. Subsequently, it has become one of the most visited sites in Minnesota.

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

Time's Sentinel: The History of Split Rock Lighthouse

It took a catastrophic November storm to convince the U.S. Congress to build what would become among the most recognized and beautiful landmarks on Lake Superior – Split Rock Lighthouse. more »

Aug 1, 2001 8:42 AM Maritime

The Thunder Bay Main Lighthouse was built in 1937 at a cost of $14,000. In 1971, it got moved about 3 feet when the steamship Simcoe plowed into it and did damage that took about four months to repair.

Elle Andra-Warner

Lighting the Northern Edge: Lake Superior's Ontario Lighthouses

On the Ontario shores of Lake Superior, there are more than 32 lighthouse sites, some abandoned, moved or destroyed, but others still active aids to navigation or year-round emergency lights. more »

Aug 15, 2014 10:44 AM Maritime

It's a Wonderful Lake: What if it Disappeared?

There is no question that Lake Superior enriches the lives of those of us privileged to reside on or near it and those who visit. But just how much does that 10 percent of the world’s surface fresh water affect us? more »

Jul 21, 2010 5:39 PM Great Lakes

Brian Stabinger

Surfin' the Big Lake

Typically Lake Superior is not a place where people expect to find surfers. A boy reared by the waves of the world’s largest fresh-water lake became the man credited with revolutionizing the design of boards used for salt-water surfing worldwide. more »

Sep 3, 2001 8:39 AM Recreation

Ups & Downs: My 8 Years Operating Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge

For eight years, I supervised operation of the Aerial Lift Bridge and observed much from my perch above the Duluth Ship Canal. Here are the four worst and five best things I encountered, from bridge hangers-on to the unforgettable sunrise views. more »

Apr 10, 2014 10:36 PM Superior Notes

Shawn Malone

Wild About Weather

The next time that you are in a department store, look up to the ceiling. It’s about 20 feet or so to the lights. Now, imagine a wave that tall racing toward your boat in the middle of a churning Lake Superior. more »

Jan 16, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Superior

And the Minnesota Magazine of the Year Is ... Lake Superior Magazine!

Lake Superior Magazine joins prestigious company and becomes the first under-30,000-circulation publication to earn the Minnesota Magazine of the Year from the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association. more »

Nov 12, 2013 10:38 AM Media Center

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