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McCarty's Cove

Chris Larson

Best of the Lake 2015

See what our readers picked as 2015's Best of the Lake in categories like Best Park, Best Restaurant/Cafe and Best Weekend Destination.

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Just How Big is Lake Superior?

Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area – 31,700 square miles (82,100 square kilometres) – and holds 10 percent of the world's surface fresh water. more »

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Paul Pepe

Konnie LeMay / Lake Superior Magazine

2015 Achievement Award Winner: Thunder Bay Tourism Manager Paul Pepe

For his enduring enthusiasm promoting the full circle of the Big Lake, for thinking outside the borders to create partnerships, and for all the Persians, Lake Superior Magazine honors Paul Pepe with this year’s Achievement Award. more »

Sep 28, 2015 9:47 AM The Lake

Walter Scobie

Alan Haraf / U.S. Coast Guard

54 Years After Tragic Explosion, Coast Guardsman Returns to Stannard Rock

Walter Scobie will always remember June 18, 1961, when his quiet morning was shattered by an explosion that ripped through Stannard Rock Lighthouse, where he was stationed. This summer, Walter returned for the first time. more »

Aug 19, 2015 4:18 PM Maritime

Soo Locks

Bill Howe

How the Soo Locks Were Made

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

Lake Superior Day/s 2015: Events in the Region

Held this year on July 19 – it's always the third Sunday in July – Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s. The celebration spans the entire weekend in some Big Lake communities. Find an event near you. more »

Jul 8, 2015 5:00 PM Lake Superior

Lake Superior Journal: Iron Man

Felicia Schneiderhan

Lake Superior Journal: Iron Man

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

How Underwater Detectives Found the Henry B. Smith: An Excerpt from “The Last Laker”

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

Lake Superior Journal: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

Jim Marshall Collection

Lake Superior Journal: Paul Flynn, Hard Hat Diver

Still fully dressed in his diving suit, lacking only his brass helmet, Paul felt the barge capsizing beneath his feet. The storm had come out of nowhere, and now he was headed for the bottom loaded with weights and iron shoes, and no way to breathe. more »

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Maritime

Hermit Island Mansion

Joy Morgan Dey / Haunted Lake Superior

The Ghost of Hermit Island

Whether the ghost of a man named William Wilson treads Hermit Island in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands is unclear, but the history of the place certainly has enough bizarre twists to make it possible that his ghostly presence may still be lurking there. more »

Oct 13, 2014 2:59 PM The Lake

They Like to Move It, Move It

Diane Hilden

"Why Are the Boats Sitting Out There?" We Answer A Few Landlubber Questions

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

2014 Achievement Award Winner: Split Rock's Lee Radzak

For decades of dedication and service, beyond the call of work, to the restoration and preservation of Split Rock Lighthouse and for helping to create a thriving local community with his volunteer efforts, Lee Radzak is our Achievement Award winner. more »

Sep 19, 2014 9:10 AM The Lake

Thunder Bay Main Lighthouse

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

"Native Skywatchers" Revives Indigenous Star Knowledge

As you marveled at the beauty of the night sky, have you ever wondered why you – of Scandinavian, Ojibwe or Irish descent, perhaps – are seeing Greek guys up there? A Duluth art exhibit examines the constellations of the region's indigenous people. more »

Aug 13, 2014 12:03 PM Natural World

Still Here and Thriving

Ivy Vainio

Returning to the Home of the Golden-Breasted Flicker, the Anishinaabe Homeland

Mooningwanekaaning-minis, “Home of the Golden-Breasted Flicker,” is the Anishinaabe homeland. Today, most call it Madeline Island. Ten millennia ago, people walked and canoed the lands surrounding the island, fished the waters and lived in reverence. more »

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM The Lake

1894 Hinckley Fire

Walt Polley

Heritage: The 1894 Hinckley Fire Still Echoes for Families Today

The 1894 Hinckley Fire destroyed six towns; Hinckley was the largest, with more than 1,000 residents, most of them recent arrivals from Sweden and Norway. Estimates of lives lost vary, but all exceed 400, more than the Chicago Fire of 1871. more »

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM The Lake

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