Lake Superior

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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.

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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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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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  • Houghton Falls Magic

    Mary Carlin Dougherty / The Cookery Maven

    Around the Circle This Week: April 11, 2014

    Mary Carlin Dougherty recounted a magical spring sight in northern Wisconsin; Lake Superior reached its long-term average level in March; ice continued to slow (and damage) vessels on Lake Superior; and more news from the week.

    Apr 11, 2014 Superior Notes

  • Ups & Downs: My 8 Years Operating Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge

    For eight years, I supervised operation of the Aerial Lift Bridge and observed much from my perch above the Duluth Ship Canal. Here are the four worst and five best things I encountered, from bridge hangers-on to the unforgettable sunrise views.

    Apr 10, 2014 Superior Notes

  • Lake Level Report: April 7, 2014

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Lake Level Report: April 7, 2014

    After more than 15 years of low levels, the Big Lake has reached its long-term average level, thanks in part – yes, thanks – to the long and hard winter.

    Apr 7, 2014 Superior Notes

  • Callaway and Munson at the Soo Locks

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Around the Circle This Week: April 4, 2014

    The first commercial vessels of the season finally reached Sault Ste. Marie, 11 days after the Soo Locks opened; ice conditions remain challenging across the Lake; researchers on Isle Royale posted their final update of the winter; and more news.

    Apr 4, 2014 Superior Notes

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