Susie Island

Richard Hamilton Smith

Grand Portage Band Gets Back Big Susie Island

The full Susie Island archipelago likely will again be under ownership of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa thanks to the donation of Susie Island from The Nature Conservancy. more »

Apr 29, 2016 12:11 PM Superior Notes

They Like to Move It, Move It

Diane Hilden

Want to show off your knowledge about the latest maritime activity and season around our Big Lake? This story will put you in the know. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

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


Lake Superior Journal: Iron Man

Felicia Schneiderhan

Fe, our family's little Iron Man, always wears a life jacket by the water. But on this day, when we stopped briefly at the boat before a hike, he was not. And on this day, our 2-year-old tumbled from the dock and fell in. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maritime

The Henry B. Smith was found on May 24, 2013, by a small team of shipwreck hunters. She had been missing almost a century, but through decades of effort, the team put it all together and solved one of the biggest mysteries of the Inland Seas. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Maritime


Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

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


Ruth Anne Olson

Lake Superior Journal: We Shall Have to Take Care

Love of a wild place requires exercise of stewardship and acceptance of what one cannot control. Gold Award winner for Essay from the International Regional Magazine Association. more »

Jul 14, 2010 6:06 AM Superior Notes


Michele and Clayton Oslund

Hostas, the trendy but tough perennials, may well be the best friends that gardeners – with or without green thumbs – can find for the Lake Superior region. more »

Jul 9, 2003 10:50 AM Homes


National Safe Boating Council

Lapses in judgment on Lake Superior can turn fatal, no matter how savvy the boater or user. But proper precautions – which always start with a life jacket – can rein in perilous situations, keeping boaters safe and allowing for a worry-free day. more »

Mar 26, 2013 10:07 AM Maritime


Paul Sundberg

David Brislance's “bird whispering” began about 10 years ago, by accident, when black-capped chickadees began landing on his shoulder or hat, waiting for sunflower seeds. more »

Jul 3, 2013 8:47 AM Recreation

Taking a Spring Run on a Coast Guard Cutter

Dave Boe

In 2001, writer Dave Boe sailed out with Sundew on a two-day mission to place buoys for the shipping season. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter had just a few more springs to plant buoys before its retirement. more »

Apr 1, 2003 12:00 AM Maritime

The Donald D. Ferguson Lake County Demonstration Forest showcases the latest forest management techniques to provide fiber and timber while maintaining wildlife habitat and creating an area for recreational and educational activities. more »

Jul 21, 2011 12:01 AM Minnesota

Honey, I Bought a Home

Rendulich Photography

Mitch and Darlene Wolfe had been considering a move to Duluth for a number of years. They bought a historic house in town in 2005 and started an extensive remodeling project, modernizing it while retaining its original charm. more »

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Homes

Chisholm's Love for the All-American Game

Courtesy UM Duluth Library Archives & Special Collections

The Minnesota mining town of Chisholm, incorporated in 1901, showed an early love for baseball. The city's most famous big-league ballplayer played just a few innings in the majors, but he became the stuff of legends thanks to a book and movie. more »

Jun 17, 2014 4:24 PM Recreation

Lake Superior Journal: Fishing with Sharon Jon

Growing up in an Army family, I had only distant connections with the fishing heritage on Minnesota’s North Shore. All of that changed when I started to work for Stanley Sivertson and his nephews Frank and Milford Johnson in spring 1973. more »

Jul 30, 2011 1:50 PM Superior Notes

Casting a Line with a U.P. Legend

Courtesy John Voelker Papers Collection at NMU

John D. Voelker was, and still is, something of a legend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The author recounts the story of a memorable encounter with the novelist and fisherman. more »

Aug 5, 2014 10:46 AM Recreation

Spilling the Beans

Jack Rendulich

You don’t need to go far these days to find a locally roasted cup of coffee to enjoy while looking out over Lake Superior. Like the rise in micro-brewed beers, local coffee roasting has boomed recently, too. more »

Nov 11, 2014 10:13 AM Food/Recipes 1 Comments

Paddling Pukaskwa

Layne Kennedy

For a long time, this place called “Pukaskwa” intrigued us. Pukaskwa National Park stretches down the far eastern side of the lake from Pic River near Hattie Cove to Pukaskwa River nearly 144 miles south. No interior roads lead to this wild coast. more »

Jul 1, 2002 12:00 AM Recreation

Big Lake Bike Heaven

Courtesy Spirit Mountain

Biking may fall under the “silent sports” umbrella alongside cross-country skiing, running and paddling, but cyclists on our shores are anything but quiet about their love for regional riding. Tour the Big Lake's best trails with us. more »

May 29, 2015 9:00 AM Recreation

Soo Locks

Bill Howe

On June 18, 1855, the steamer Illinois locked through upbound and ushered in a new era in Great Lakes shipping. But the Soo Locks didn’t come easy. The planning and building of the locks were as fraught with obstacles as the waterway they traversed. more »

Jul 27, 2015 3:18 PM , Maritime

After years of amassing recipes, Marty Kovarik discovered that what he had was a cookbook … and more specifically the makings of an outstanding fish cookbook. more »

Mar 13, 2010 5:26 PM Food/Recipes 1 Comments

For Decades, U.P. Mines Printed Their Own Money

Marquette County Historical Society

East Coast banks were wary of shipping large amounts of cash by boat. Too many had sunk in Lake Superior. Yet miners in hard-to-reach areas had to be paid. The solution? Mining companies began printing their own money. more »

Feb 1, 2001 12:00 AM Lake Superior

Lake Superior Journal: A Moose in the Rearview Mirror

Diane Larson

We had traveled a little more than a quarter mile from the intersection when I happened to look in my rearview mirror. A large dark animal stood in the middle of the road a good distance behind us. I let out a squeal and hit the brakes. more »

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Natural World

Gooseberry Falls

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

If you want to visit the waterfalls on Minnesota’s North Shore as they break free of ice in the powerful gushing roar of spring, it’s best to keep tabs on changing conditions. more »

May 20, 2013 12:11 PM Minnesota

Tall Ships Duluth 2013: Parade of Sail

Bob Berg

Win an overnight stay in Duluth, a ride on a tall ship and more in the Lake Superior Magazine Tall Ships Duluth Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes closes on June 15, 2016. more »

Jan 18, 2016 10:40 AM Sweepstakes 7 Comments

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