The Upper Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park often remains partially open.

Theresa Neal / MDNR

Frozen Motion

The Upper Peninsula’s dramatic waterfalls draw locals and visitors in spring, summer and fall. But most miss winter views of the impressive falls draped by massive icicles, locking the water’s motion. more »

Jan 29, 2013 Michigan

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

The Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands

One of Lake Superior's geological marvels, the mainland sea caves are open to winter visitors for the first time since 2009. Don't miss this chance to explore the caves and the dazzling ice formations that adorn the sandstone cliffs. more »

Feb 3, 2014 Wisconsin

Park Point: Life on the World’s Longest Freshwater Sandbar

Stretching for 7 miles, the skinny sandspit of Park Point in Duluth is the quintessential beach settlement and the birthplace of the city. more »

May 29, 2012 Minnesota

The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University in Houghton boasts an impressive mineral collection from unique geographic locations around the world.

Courtesy George Robinson

A Gem of a Museum

It’s not often you expect to find diamonds, rubies, emeralds, agates and copper nestled alongside each other – especially in the Keweenaw Peninsula. But every one of these minerals can be found at the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum in Houghton. more »

Jul 31, 2013 Michigan

Canal Park Brewing, which opened in its new building the weekend after Thanksgiving in 2012, offers a variety of beer styles.

Jack Rendulich

Building a Better Beer

Regional breweries – buoyed by changes in the law and consumers' growing interest in local craft brews – are booming by the Big Lake, especially along the Minnesota shore. more »

May 22, 2013 Travel (1 Comments)

A Lake Superior sunset in Wawa, Ontario, figures prominently in a scene from the 2006 “Snow Cake,” with Alan Rickman and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Courtesy Alliance Atlantis

Tracking the Stars

While the Lake Superior region is no Hollywood movie-making mecca, over the years more than a dozen films have been shot in the area, starring the likes of Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Jimmy Stewart, Patty Duke and Richard Thomas. more »

Jan 1, 2008 Travel

The Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation SmartZone has four “incubator” buildings – in this historic Power House on the Houghton side of the the lift bridge, in the nearby Lakeshore Center, on the Michigan Technological University campus and in the Jutilla Center in Hancock.

Adam Johnson / Brockit Inc.

The New Boom in the Keweenaw

There's an economic boom on the rise in the Keweenaw Peninsula, fueled by the next generation of business families and new entrepreneurs. more »

Aug 12, 2013 Michigan

Chef Lio Lin prepares a meal while (left to right) Ashley Williams, Linda Johnson and Annie Williams enjoy the show at Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse. In the background, Chef Tim Jiang, one of four chefs at Osaka, works another station.

Jack Rendulich

Dinner and a ...

All around the region, establishments offer combination opportunities to make your meal into more. Dinner and a movie or dinner and a play are just the beginning. more »

Mar 5, 2013 Travel

5-Star Views of the Big Lake

On a warm spring afternoon in Duluth, all 17 tables on Mexico Lindo’s outside deck overlooking Lake Superior were occupied. A gentle breeze carried bits of conversation and laughter. more »

Jul 17, 2012 Travel

Notable Nuptials

Lake Superior as a backdrop is one sure way to make a wedding memorable. We asked a few newlyweds what, for them, made the Big Lake the perfect place for their big day. more »

Apr 11, 2013 Lifestyle

Meet Beaver Bay

When you come to the curve in the road on Highway 61 that is Beaver Bay, Minnesota, for your own sake – pull over. more »

May 8, 2012 Minnesota (1 Comments)

In the Valley of the Slate River

A robust group of pioneers in the late 19th century first blazed a trail to the Slate River Valley. These days, an enthusiastic generation of progressive farmers and entrepreneurs carry on in their footsteps, but in a 21st century style. more »

May 11, 2011 Ontario (1 Comments)

Living Demonstrations

The Donald D. Ferguson Lake County Demonstration Forest showcases the latest forest management techniques to provide fiber and timber while maintaining wildlife habitat and creating an area for recreational and educational activities. more »

Jul 21, 2011 Minnesota

Meet Washburn, Wisconsin

Brownstone and water laid the foundations for Washburn, established in 1883. Its waterfront location provided the railroad with a port and the area provided lots of native brownstone for buildings. more »

Jan 21, 2010 Wisconsin

The Best of the Lake

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

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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    Molly Hoeg / Superior Footprints

    Around the Circle This Week: April 18, 2014

    With the commercial fishing season starting slowly, the region faces a whitefish shortfall; Molly Hoeg explored the Duluth Harbor; Thunder Bay burned its last piece of coal; the governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in Marquette.

    Apr 18, 2014 Superior Notes

  • 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