Steve Isola

Scenic Overlooks

Travis Novitsky

18 Lake Superior Overlooks You Should Visit

Just off or along the highways around Lake Superior are scenic overlooks with such breathtaking views that you never forget them.

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Dragon Boat Festival

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

There Will Be Dragons

For spectators, the dragon boat races next to Barker’s Island in Superior might look like a mass of arms and paddles, swirling and splashing. But it soon gets easier to tell the teams apart as some boats pull ahead. more »

Aug 19, 2015 11:52 AM Wisconsin

Sunshine Cafe

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

What’s Cookin’ in West Duluth

When you’re hungry in Duluth, head to a not-exactly hidden food gem by taking the Central Avenue exit, south or north on I-35. This West Duluth neighborhood brims with homestyle eateries. more »

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Minnesota

Leave the Driving to Bill: A Circle Tour of Lake Superior with a Busload of Friends

Bill Sjoblom has circled the Big Lake 30 to 40 times during the three decades that he’s hosted bus trips. This year Bill’s Sjo-Pro Tours is partnering with us to offer a 10-day Fall Tour circling Lake Superior by motor coach, September 21 to 30. more »

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Travel

Dawn of a New Superior

John Heino

Dawn of a New Superior

“Welcome to Superior – Living up to our name.” This message, prominently displayed above Center City Park at Belknap Street and Tower Avenue, perfectly captures the energized local optimism of this Wisconsin city. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Wisconsin

Rock Harbor Lodge

Courtesy Guys & Dolls Photography

On Isle Royale, Indoor Comfort Means Rock Harbor Lodge

What if you want to enjoy Isle Royale, but don’t like camping or don’t have the first clue about surviving a night outdoors? No problem. Check in to Michigan’s most remote lodge and the only operating hotel on the island. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Michigan

Mystical Michipicoten: Memories from a Majestic Island

Donn Larson

Mystical Michipicoten: Memories from a Majestic Island

To the Anishinaabe, it was a mystical floating isle that eluded approaching canoes – disappearing, then emerging again from the mist. At creation, Gichi Manidoo veiled Michipicoten Island in a shroud of mystery still palpable. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Bight Restaurant & Bar

Courtesy Bight Restaurant & Bar

A 'Bight' of Thunder Bay

You could hardly imagine a better location for an eatery than Prince Arthur’s Landing in the heart of Thunder Bay’s Marina Park, where Bight Restaurant & Bar enjoys a postcard view of the harbour, the marina and the Sleeping Giant. more »

May 22, 2015 4:06 PM Ontario

Black River Bandits

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

Journal: The First Stirrings

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Lake Superior Journal: A Teen Looking for Romance Discovers a Great (Lake) Love

I can still bring to mind details of the weekend that triggered my ongoing romance with Lake Superior, Minnesota’s North Shore and Duluth. Four high school pals and I drove north from suburban Minneapolis. It was our first away-from-home adventure. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Minnesota


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

Pierre the Pantsless Voyageur, Two Harbors, 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

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

Celebrity Sightings

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Celebrity Sightings: Big Names Hang Out at the Big Lake

There is an impressive list of big names who have come to the Big Lake to perform or just to visit, stretching back to the days of vaudeville. more »

Jan 1, 2015 12:00 AM Travel

Copper Peak

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

Gun Flint Tavern

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

Café Coco

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

Washburn Zombie Days

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 four years ago by the local Chamber of Commerce. more »

Oct 22, 2014 9:53 AM Wisconsin

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 »


A Visit to Tahquamenon Falls Country

Thomas Brouwer

A Visit to Michigan's Tahquamenon Falls Country

Near the naturally dark waters of the Tahquamenon River, you'll find waterfalls, good beer, friendly bears, shipwreck history, adventure and beauty. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Michigan

Best of the Lake

See what our readers picked as 2015's Best of the Lake, in categories from Best Park to Best Restaurant/Cafe.

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. 160 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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