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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Explorers Eric Larsen (left) and Lonnie Dupre kayak in the slushy bay in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Courtesy One World Expedition

How Lake Superior Prepares Two Explorers for a Polar Landscape

We are in northern Minnesota, it’s early February and the ground is covered with snow. Nearly every lake, pond and river within a 300-mile radius of me is frozen solid … yet I am sitting on snow in a small canoe, which is harnessed to Lonnie Dupre. more »

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 AM Recreation

Steve Kleist

Oops! Even Experts Can Get In Over Their Heads in the Wild

We asked a few outdoor writers who spend their “work” time romping through the wilderness to regale us with lighter-hearted calamity stories. That they willingly admitted to such misadventures tells us that they're good sports as well as sportsmen. more »

May 1, 2005 12:00 AM Recreation

Le Strubel rests calmly near Duluth hours before a storm that would leave Julie and Charly windbound in Two Harbors, Minnesota – an example of fickle Big Lake weather.

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

On a sunny spring day, standup paddleboarders explore the sea caves of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Cornucopia, Wisconsin. Ice-encrusted in the winter, the park’s soaring sandstone cliffs and water-carved caves are a favorite of adventurous paddlers.

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

Ishpeming native John Voelker loved fishing U.P. streams and lakes. He also loved writing. His 1958 novel Anatomy of a Murder, written under the pseudonym Robert Traver, became an Otto Preminger movie. John wrote several books about trout fishing, too.

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

David Brislance chats with a local chickadee.

Paul Sundberg

A Bird in Hand

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

Adventures in Geocaching

You walk, hike, drive and even boat past them all the time: containers of all sizes and shapes, hidden in the bramble, or sometimes in plain view. The geocache is the treasure in a sport started by nerds, now embraced by those from all walks of life. more »

Apr 29, 2012 6:27 PM Recreation 1 Comments

Chisholm, Minnesota’s beloved baseball stadium was rebuilt with community donations after a 1908 fire decimated the town.

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

Paddling with Ladies of the Lake

This summer, Ladies of the Lake Women’s Sea Kayak Symposium returns to Munising and the awesome Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Ladies of the Lake promotes itself as the only women’s sea kayak symposium; all the instructors are women. more »

Aug 6, 2011 5:53 PM Recreation

Jack Rendulich

Paddle As One

These family events can generate an atmosphere of carnival excitement, a stimulating mix of delicious smells, lively sounds and music and brilliant colors. more »

Jul 28, 2007 10:58 AM Recreation

Randy Jarvis

Flocking to the Birds

From the time of brightly colored maples and aspens until the skies fill all too soon with snowflakes, birds guided into the Lake Superior region by geography and weather provide wonder and delight for those looking toward the skies. more »

Mar 10, 2002 9:03 AM Recreation

Taking in a Little Culture

The latest trends in travel - “cultural” and “heritage” tourism - have arrived in the Lake Superior region. more »

Jun 23, 2002 9:28 AM Recreation

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

Paul L. Hayden

The Thrill of the Race

No racers put more enthusiasm into their sport than the four-legged athletes that hit our region’s snowy trails each winter. It’s worth braving a bit of cold to join in these exhilarating celebrations of the run. more »

Mar 15, 2009 11:12 AM Recreation

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

On Webbed Feet: Man's Hobby Treks to Nation's Capital

Making, repairing and using snowshoes has been a lifelong passion for Tom Nelson. more »

Dec 21, 1998 11:25 AM Recreation


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