Superior Hiking Trail

Randy "Rudi" Hargesheimer

How the 300-Mile-Long Superior Hiking Trail Was Made

As of summer 2013, you can hike the 300 contiguous miles along the Superior Hiking Trail from Jay Cooke State Park west of Duluth all the way to the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead. Creating a trail of that magnitude was no simple walk in the park.

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Superior Challenge

Jared Munch

Meeting the Lake Superior Challenge

The Big Lake awes many people with its power and beauty, but it inspires some to test their limits. Meet individuals who set out on the water as a challenge and returned with a better understanding of themselves and our Sweetwater Sea. more »

Jul 29, 2015 3:18 PM Recreation

Big Lake Bike Heaven

Courtesy Spirit Mountain

Big Lake Bike Heaven: A Guide to Regional Bike Trails

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

Rossport Coastal Trail

Beverley Turpin

Rossport Coastal Trail Is a Short Hike Long on Views

The 1.5-kilometre Rossport Coastal Trail starts at the east end of Rossport at Wardrope Park and meanders along the shore of Lake Superior. more »

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Get Down to the Water

Felicia Schneiderhan

You Don’t Need a Boat to Enjoy the Lake’s Marinas and Safe Harbors

Public marinas and safe harbors also provide access to the Lake and boat-infused views for those traveling by land. Big or small, downtown or in the middle of nowhere, they can be fascinating even for those without boats. more »

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Lutsen Mountains

Courtesy Lutsen Mountains

Among the Mountaintops: A Lutsen Trail Starts with a Gondola Ride

At Lutsen Mountains ski area, the gondola is the place to start for a hiking adventure. more »

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

CAMBA Trails

Courtesy Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Regional Bicycling Resources

Links to bike trails, groups and other resources for regional riding, on and off the road. more »


Mount Bohemia

Courtesy Mount Bohemia

Ungroomed and Unpretentious, Michigan's Mount Bohemia Delights Powder Hounds

Near the Keweenaw Peninsula's tip, Mount Bohemia offers skiers and snowboarders ungroomed pitches, cliffs and frozen waterfalls, heaps of dry powder and uncompromising difficulty without the crowds or glitz of big resorts. more »

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

Topping the CopperDog

Adam Johnson / Brockit Inc.

Topping the CopperDog

Meet the winning couple who captured a Michigan sled dog title. Bruce and Monica Magnusson own a sled dog kennel that’s home to 59 dogs. more »

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

One Heck of a Ride

Jeremy Kershaw / Courtesy Heck of the North

One Heck of a Ride

The Heck of the North starts on a gravel road in Two Harbors, then takes riders to Duluth and back. But exactly where it will zigzag along 110 miles of Minnesota backroads and trails depends on the whims of this bike race’s director. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

Journey of a Lifetime

Charly Ray

Journey of a Lifetime: An Excerpt from "Paddling to Winter"

Paddling from Lake Superior to the Canadian plains – everybody does that for their honeymoon trip, right? more »

Sep 2, 2014 1:40 PM Recreation

Casting a Line with a U.P. Legend

Courtesy John Voelker Papers Collection at NMU

Casting a Line with a U.P. Legend

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

Camping with Kids

Jeremy Kershaw

Camping with Kids: 5 Tips from Tent-Smart Parents

Did the arrival of the stork make you roll up your sleeping bag? Don’t put away that gear, say five families who introduced their children to camping from an early age. more »

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

That Old Boulder-Jumper, Finn

Ann Marie Mershon

Lake Superior Journal: That Old Boulder-Jumper, Finn

Sunshine and exhilarating waves on Lake Superior have called like siren songs for the last nine years to my group of kayaking friends, the Old Fogies, all of us in our 60s and 70s, all from Grand Marais, Minnesota. more »

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

What's SUP?

Courtesy North Shore SUP

What's SUP? A New Wave of Fun on the Water

For longtime kayakers and canoeists, standup paddleboarding offers a fresh perspective on familiar waters and a new challenge, but the booming sport is also drawing in folks who’ve never held a paddle. more »

Jul 3, 2014 5:26 PM Recreation

Chisholm's Love for the All-American Game

Courtesy UM Duluth Library Archives & Special Collections

Chisholm's Love for the All-American Game

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


Courtesy Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Links to bike trails, groups and other resources for regional riding, on and off the road.

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