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Park Point Beach, Duluth

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

The Winners: Best of the Lake 2014

See what our readers picked as 2014's Best of the Lake, in categories from Best Waterfall to Best Local Fish Dish. More than 1,200 voters submitted ballots this year.

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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

River Revival

The St. Louis River has drawn people from ancient to modern times, helping them to live. It almost died because of its link to the humans who congregated near it. Now it's again the focus of people, this time people who want it to survive and thrive. more »

Mar 15, 2011 11:10 AM Lake Superior

Wolves crossing the ice during an Isle Royale winter.

Rolf Peterson

What This Winter's Ice Bridge to Isle Royale Means for the Island and Its Wolves

A solid ice bridge over Lake Superior has formed between Isle Royale and the mainland, an increasingly rare link that could bring new life – quite literally – to an isolated and inbred Isle Royale National Park wolf population facing extirpation. more »

Feb 17, 2014 8:45 AM Natural World 5 Comments

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth is open free to the public.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Keepers of History

As the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s one of the most-visited attractions in the Lake Superior basin and an anchor of a hopping Canal Park. Annual visitation has even topped half a million in recent years. more »

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Maritime

Life jackets should be standard gear in a boat.

National Safe Boating Council

Safety First

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

Crafting a Niche

Live in a place you love or pursue the career you love? It is a choice that many people face. Josh Swan was no exception, but through a leap of faith and a lot of hard work, he and his wife found a way to have both. more »

May 6, 2012 9:22 PM Maritime

The Seafarers Ministry, which originally operated out of a mobile home near the docks, is today located in a former Catholic rectory in Duluth's West End.

Phil Bencomo

Safe Harbor

For more than 40 years, the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers has provided services to the globe-trotting crews of foreign vessels that venture to the most-inland port of the Great Lakes system, helping make a hard life a little easier. more »

Feb 12, 2013 2:29 PM Maritime

Now you can know before you go to Park Point

Minnesota Sea Grant has developed a new website that will help to keep people safe and healthy as they enjoy one of Lake Superior’s most popular beaches on Park Point. more »

Jul 3, 2012 4:20 PM

Still under construction during its first test with an April shower, the sanitary sewer overflow tank in Canal Park should eventually be blended with landscaping and a growing roof cap. The tanks location was the most cost effective for handling two trouble areas and uses gravity for collection.

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Concrete Solutions

It’s not exactly pretty, but when it comes to keeping sewage from reaching Lake Superior, Duluth’s new $20 million tank looks good. more »

Jun 18, 2012 8:56 AM Lake Superior

Paul Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

People of the Parks

The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation met recently at our Lake Superior Magazine office in Duluth. more »

May 18, 2012 12:00 PM Lake Superior

Flocking Together!

Still essentially just a wide spot in the road, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is possibly the only outdoor nature center in the country that conducts its programs in the middle of an active city street. more »

Jul 21, 2011 12:01 AM Current Issues

State of the Lake: Sustainable Development

Sustainability reflects the ability to sustain on-going discussions between groups that often find themselves in battle over development projects. Commitment to balance environmental, social and economic needs may give common ground. more »

Apr 15, 1999 11:16 AM Lake Superior

Jon Nelson

Stromatolites: Our Mysterious Ancient Reefs

Discovery of ancient stromatolites on Lake Superior's shore astounded the scientific world and reestablished the age of the oldest known fossils. more »

Apr 15, 1997 12:57 PM Natural World

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

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