Steve Isola



Black River Bandits shooters on the line. The club is affiliated with the national Cowboy Fast Draw Association.

Molly Silvernale

Fast-Draw Shooting with Superior's Black River Bandits

You place your thumb on the hammer of the .45-caliber single-action revolver in your holster, itching to touch the trigger, but you must keep your fingers off of it until you hear the command: “Shooters ready. Shooters on the line. Shooters set.” more »

Apr 8, 2015 10:53 AM Wisconsin

Members of Romantica are (from left) Ben Kyle, James Orvis, Tony Zaccardi and Luke Jacobs.

Aaron Schuh

An Interview with Romantica’s Ben Kyle

Minneapolis band Romantica takes the stage at Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountains on April 4. Its richly-textured sound blends elements of folk, alt-country, rock and pop and features the compelling vocals of frontman and songwriter Ben Kyle. more »

Mar 24, 2015 11:03 AM Minnesota

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Kitschy Kitchi Gami: Big Stuff by the Big Lake

Since the opening of the first highways (and maybe before), people have created those delightfully quirky sideshows for travelers called “roadside attractions” or, more simply, Big Things. more »

Mar 20, 2015 2:22 PM Travel

Scott Armstrong, Bayfield rec center director and chairman of the fundraising group, takes the Polar Plunge at the Bayfield Winter Festival.

Don Albrecht

Crazy for Cold at the Bayfield Winter Festival

Bayfield Winter Festival celebrates snow, ice and cabin fever over the first weekend of March. more »

Mar 4, 2015 9:54 AM Wisconsin

Courtesy Copper Peak

Above It All at Copper Peak, Where My Friend's Work Still Towers

Recently I asked Lauren Larsen about how he came to design what was once the tallest – and only – ski-flying facility in the western hemisphere. The story of Michigan's Copper Peak begins in 1968. more »

Dec 12, 2014 11:37 AM Michigan

In the cool mood of the Gun Flint Tavern, the Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins entertain the patrons. Live music is always free at the tavern and can range from country blues to folk, rock and jazz.

Jeff Gecas

Hear That? It’s the Sound of a Vibrant Nightlife in Grand Marais, Minnesota

You just never know who might appear on one of the multiple live-performance stages sprinkled around the small town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. more »

Nov 19, 2014 2:13 PM Minnesota

At Café Coco – Artisan Bakery & Good Eats in Washburn, Wisconsin, owner Noreen Ovadia displays a few of the treats she makes. Coco started as a small bakery and has expanded.

Bob Grah / Courtesy Noreen Ovadia

A Sweet Third Space: Coffee Shop/Bakeries Where Friends Gather

Local coffee shop/bakeries lure locals and travelers alike, with wonderful bread and pastry aromas and a friendly atmosphere. There’s usually something that makes each one unique. more »

Nov 18, 2014 4:27 PM Travel

Daniel Desmarais / Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Brings "Dralion" to the Big Lake

For three decades, since 1984, the Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil has thrilled audiences with live performances that combine theater, acrobatics and funky storylines and costumes. The troupe will be bringing “Dralion” to the Big Lake this fall. more »

Oct 28, 2014 4:56 PM Travel

Expect a few zombies around Washburn Oct. 24-25, 2014.

Jamey Penney-Ritter / Courtesy Washburn Chamber of Commerce

The Living Dead Invade Washburn During Zombie Days

Zombies will be running amok through the streets of Washburn, but no need to run and hide. It should be a blast. Washburn Zombie Days was started three years ago by the local Chamber of Commerce. more »

Oct 22, 2014 9:53 AM Wisconsin

You never know who might pop up in the pumpkin patch for “Boo at the Zoo.”

Courtesy Lake Superior Zoo

Duluth's Boo at the Zoo: Tricks, Treats, Lions and Tigers, Oh My!

What must the animals think each Halloween when the Lake Superior Zoo’s wildly popular “Boo at the Zoo” draws thousands of youngsters outfitted as pirates, witches, cowboys and Peter Pan? more »

Oct 15, 2014 9:31 AM Minnesota

Magnus Theatre's 2014-15 Season, in the Words of the Playwrights

The plays of writers with strong ties to Thunder Bay take center stage during the Magnus Theatre’s 2014-15 season. Lake Superior Magazine managing editor Bob Berg corresponded with the playwrights to see how a sense of place influences their work. more »

Sep 24, 2014 12:22 PM Ontario

These drawings from John Bouchard's book, Life on the Invisible Line, showcase his artistic style and sense of humor.

John Bouchard

Saganaga Saga: A Love Affair with a Remote Crossing along the U.S.-Canada Border Waters

Trapper, conservation officer, artist – John Bouchard and his wife, Eveline, joined the hardy trailblazers in the late 1960s at the Ontario-Minnesota border waters, a community of distinct personalities, diverse opinions and dedicated neighbors. more »

Sep 11, 2014 10:45 AM Ontario

The new visitor center at Tettegouche State Park also serves as headquarters for several other parks and as a 24/7 roadside rest area on Minnesota's North Shore.

Courtesy Tettegouche State Park

A New HQ for Tettegouche in Minnesota

Tettegouche State Park recently opened its new, state-of-the-art visitor center on Minnesota's North Shore. more »

Jul 11, 2014 2:30 PM Minnesota

Linda Nervick of Lake Superior Magazine is ready to rappel down the Sellwood Building in the Over the Edge fundraiser.

Paul L. Hayden

Over The Edge in Duluth

Lake Superior Magazine's own Linda Nervick goes over the edge of a Duluth, Minnesota, building for a good cause: supporting Downtown Duluth and Duluth Sidewalk Days 2014. more »

Jul 10, 2014 6:00 PM Minnesota

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

The Bayfield Peninsula in Bloom

Photographer Paul Hayden takes you on a tour of the Bayfield Peninsula in early June, among the blooming daffodils and budding apple trees. more »

Jun 9, 2014 9:14 AM Wisconsin

The tournament has separate classes for lake trout and salmon.

Courtesy Lake Trout Festival

A Favorite of Anglers, Lake Trout Festival Reels in Runners, Cyclists and Families, Too

The Baraga County Lake Trout Festival in L’Anse, Michigan, is popular with anglers, but it also has a bike race, a marathon and many other events for families. more »

May 30, 2014 10:04 AM Michigan

Glensheen offers a variety of tours and regular events, including Chester Chats and Concerts by the Lake.

Courtesy Glensheen

At Glensheen, New Ways to See an Old Classic

Spring is a great time to visit – or to revisit – Duluth's Glensheen Historic Congdon Estate, which offers a variety of tours and regular events. more »

May 21, 2014 10:41 AM Minnesota

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Sunset on Duluth's Park Point: Time-Lapse Video

In this time-lapse video of a perfect spring evening on Park Point, we've condensed two hours into 45 spectacular seconds. Produced by LSM's Phil Bencomo. more »

May 19, 2014 10:35 AM Minnesota

The "Shipwrecks Alive!" exhibit at Duluth's Great Lakes Aquarium opened Thursday after eight months of construction.

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Shipwrecks as Habitat at Great Lakes Aquarium Exhibit

What’s it like to scuba dive at a shipwreck? How does a Lake Superior wreck differ from one in the South Pacific? You’ll find the answers at Great Lakes Aquarium. “Shipwrecks Alive!” is a new exhibit that opened July 3. more »

May 9, 2014 11:40 AM Minnesota

Courtesy Kellie Rae Theiss

Connecting with Nature in Art

Through the eyes of nature artist Kellie Rae Theiss, you might see details in egrets, owls and bluegills that you hadn’t noticed before. An exhibit of her work will be shown at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids in May. more »

May 7, 2014 2:52 PM Minnesota

Best of the Lake 2015

Take the annual survey and tell us what you think is The Best. Results will be published in Lake Superior Magazine's August/September issue.

Best of the Lake 2014

Dennis O'Hara

See what our readers picked as 2014's Best of the Lake, in categories from Best Waterfall to Best Local Fish Dish.

The Travel Guide

Planning a Big Lake trip? Updated annually by our editors, this mile-by-mile guide covers the entire Lake Superior Circle Tour, including side trips, and comes with a handy tear-out map. 144 pages, magazine format. $9.95.

The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide to the Region is filled with even more information, insider tips and photos. 294 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ½", softcover book. $19.95.


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