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David Whittaker / Courtesy Brook McIlroy

Waking Up Our Waterfronts: The 2014 State of the Lake Report

Recent decades have seen an amazing investment and revitalization of our city waterfronts into welcoming places for residents and visitors. Three writers take us to the Big Lake’s major cities to witness the waking up of our waterfronts.

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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 Lake Superior

Waters surge along Duluth's normally well-behaved Tischer Creek in the June 2012 floods. Droughts and floods are becoming familiar patterns by Lake Superior.

Darin Bainter

Fires and Floods: A State of the Lake Special Report

Our State of the Lake report this year focuses on the 2012 disasters – what experts think will come next, how our communities are preparing for the unexpected, and how neighbors help neighbors. more »

May 20, 2013 Lake Superior

Why We Love the Big Lake: How the 'Lake Effect' Influences Our Lives

We speak to folks who live and work around our lake to hear their stories and their sentiments about this water that defines us. more »

Jul 14, 2009 Lake Superior (2 Comments)

The Lighthouse

As we approached it in late afternoon, the old lighthouse stood out plainly against the rock of the island. more »

Dec 26, 1998 Lake Superior

The State of Lake Superior's Fishes

But when it comes to sustaining life in its vast, cold waters, Lake Superior juggles a more fragile balance than the other Great Lakes. more »

Nov 3, 2001 Lake Superior

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ontario and Manitoba have signed a Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact, so that wildland firefighters like this one at the 2011 Pagami Creek fire in northern Minnesota may also respond to the Duck Lake Fire in Michigan.

Courtesy USDA Forest Service / Superior National Forest

Snapshots: Floods, Fires and Blowdowns

A look at recent floods, fires and blowdowns in our region. more »

May 20, 2013 Lake Superior

Lake Superior Journal: Heading into a Good Wind

There is a 3- to 5-foot sea out here today. The northeast wind is holding steady, for now. But I don’t want to be out here in another hour or two. The seas will probably be over 6-foot by then. more »

Mar 24, 2012 Superior Notes (1 Comments)

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 Lake Superior

From Double-N Donn: A Neat Idea

Donn Larson's latest post urges us to create new memories by taking advantage of old photos. more »

Feb 8, 2012 Superior Notes (2 Comments)

Bayfield Regional Conservancy

A New Shoreline Tribal Park

The 87 acres at Frog Bay in Wisconsin recently designated as a park offer views of five Apostle Islands, pristine sandy beaches at the top of Bayfield Peninsula and a rare opportunity for the public to visit tribally owned and protected lands. more »

Jan 16, 2012 Lake Superior (1 Comments)

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 Current Issues

On the Levels: The Low Down on Low Water

From commercial shippers to small boat marinas, from lakeside nuclear power plants to lakeshore property owners, everyone seems to be watching the comings and flowings of Great Lakes water levels. more »

Sep 22, 2002 Lake Superior

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  • Lake Superior Ice: March 31, 2014

    NASA/MODIS

    Video: 2013-14's Lake Superior Ice in 60 Seconds

    This week the U.S. Coast Guard concluded five months of ice-breaking operations on the Great Lakes. In this time-lapse video, watch the Lake Superior ice develop and, ever so slowly, break up in the spring. more »

  • James R. Barker, Duluth, July 18, 2013

    Konnie LeMay

    James R. Barker on a Foggy Duluth Morning

    The James R. Barker, one of the largest vessels on the Great Lakes, gliding out of the fog and into the Duluth Ship Canal on a July morning. more »

  • High Falls on the Pigeon River

    Paul L. Hayden

    High Falls on the Pigeon River

    The High Falls on the Pigeon River, on the border between the United States and Canada in northern Minnesota, experienced almost double its normal flow after heavy rains during the week of May 20, 2013. more »

  • Gooseberry Falls

    Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

    Video: Spring at Gooseberry Falls

    Spring is a fantastic time to visit Gooseberry Falls, just up the shore from Two Harbors, Minnesota. more »

  • Stormy Lake

    Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

    Stormy Lake: Big Waves on Lake Superior, April 11, 2013

    Ahead of an April snowstorm, wind gusts in Duluth topped 60 mph, creating huge waves on the Lake. Lake Superior Magazine's intrepid Paul Hayden braved the elements to capture this footage from Minnesota's near North Shore and Duluth. more »

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