Best of the Lake 2015

The votes are in! See what Lake Superior Magazine readers chose as their favorites in this year’s 12 categories, from Best Weekend Destination to Best Restaurant/Cafe.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park won Best Scenic Overlook in Ontario in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario 

Photo: Courtesy Ontario Parks

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park near Thunder Bay was voted Best Scenic Overlook and Best Park by readers in this year's survey. More than 650 voters submitted ballots from around the world.

Best of the Lake 2015
         

THIS IS BIG – which is to say this view at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park got the top votes for Best Scenic Overlook in Ontario. It’s easy to see why. Most of the winners in this year’s Best of the Lake probably won’t come as a surprise to those of you familiar with our four shores – Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin. But we guarantee you’ll find a few new places that you have yet to explore.

Thanks to the more than 650 print magazine readers, website followers and fans of area establishments who cast their votes by mail or online. The top vote getters for each state or province are indicated with a .

Now it’s up to you. We suggest that you use these recommendations of other Lake lovers to visit the businesses and locations here. Do you agree with the voters? Let us know and then take next year’s survey to have your vote count, too. We’ll start very soon gathering votes.

Meanwhile, as you travel the Lake, look for those Best of the Lake stickers in the windows of these high-quality establishments or at the regional visitor centers to plan your stops. As you browse through this list, make a point to visit the winners in your own Lake Superior neighborhood, especially if it might be new to you.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners and thanks to all the voters from around Canada, the United States and the world (the farthest from China). Now get out there and explore – and bring back your Best of the Lakes for next year.

Best Scenic Overlook

Best Restaurant / Cafe

Best Campground

Best Pizza

Best Resort / Hotel / Motel

Best Weekend Destination

Best Park

Best Farmers Market

Best Burger

Best Place for Local Live Music

Best Gift Shop

Best Beach

Best Scenic Overlook

Brockway Mountain won Michigan's Best Scenic Overlook in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Brockway Mountain • Copper Harbor, Michigan 

Photo: Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

MICHIGAN
Brockway Mountain, Keweenaw Peninsula
Contact: 906-289-4274, www.copperharbor.org

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Contact: 906-387-3700, www.nps.gov/piro

MINNESOTA
 Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Contact: 218-226-6372, www.mnhs.org

Palisade Head, Silver Bay
Contact: 218-353-8800, www.dnr.state.mn.us (Tettegouche State Park)

ONTARIO
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Contact: 807-977-2526, www.ontarioparks.com/park/sleepinggiant

TIE
Terry Fox Monument, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-983-2041, 800-667-8386, www.thunderbay.ca

Lloyd’s Lookout, Red Rock
Contact: 807-886-2245, www.redrocktownship.com

WISCONSIN
Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-6425, dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bigbay/

Bayfield Waterfront
Contact: 715-779-3335, bayfield.org

Best Restaurant / Cafe

Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant was the Best Restaurant/Cafe on the Minnesota shore in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant • Grand Marais, Minnesota 

Photo: Richard Clapp

MICHIGAN
Fitzgerald’s Restaurant (Eagle River Inn), Eagle River
Contact: 906-337-0666, www.eagleriverinn.com

Harbor Haus, Copper Harbor
Contact: 906-289-4502, www.harborhaus.com

MINNESOTA
 Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-2688, www.naniboujou.com

Angry Trout Café, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-1265, www.angrytroutcafe.com

ONTARIO
Hoito Restaurant, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-345-6323, www.314baystreet.com

Red Rock Marina Restaurant, Red Rock
Contact: 807-886-2606, www.redrocktownship.com

WISCONSIN
Maggie’s, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-5641, www.maggies-bayfield.com

Wild Rice, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-9881, www.wildricerestaurant.com

Best Campground

Big Bay Town Park on Madeline Island won Best Campground on the Wisconsin shore in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Big Bay Town Park Camp • Madeline Island, Wisconsin 

Photo: Courtesy Big Bay Town Park

MICHIGAN
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, Copper Harbor
Contact: 906-289-4215, www.michigandnr.com

McLain State Park, Hancock
Contact: 906-482-0278, www.michigandnr.com

MINNESOTA
 Grand Marais Campground & Marina
Contact: 800-998-0959, 218-387-1712, grandmaraisrecreationarea.com

Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Contact: 218-387-3039, www.dnr.state.mn.us

ONTARIO
Ontario Provincial Parks
Contact: 800-668-2746, www.ontarioparks.com

Chippewa Park, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-623-5111, 888-711-5094, www.chippewapark.ca

WISCONSIN
Big Bay Town Park, Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-3031, www.bigbaytownpark.com

Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-6425, dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/

Best Pizza

DaLou's Bistro in Washburn won Best Pizza on the Wisconsin shore in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

DaLou’s Bistro • Washburn, Wisconsin 

Photo: Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

MICHIGAN
Main Street Pizza, Munising
Contact: 906-387-3993

TIE
Vango’s Pizza & Cocktail Lounge, Marquette
Contact: 906-228-7707, www.vangospizza.com

The Ambassador Restaurant, Houghton
Contact: 906-482-5054, www.theambassadorhoughton.com

MINNESOTA
 Sven & Ole’s, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-1713, www.svenandoles.com

Pizza Lucé, Duluth
Contact: 218-727-7400, www.pizzaluce.com

ONTARIO
Both Hands Pizzeria & Bakery, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-286-4263, www.bothhandswoodfired.ca

TIE
Chuck & Gene’s Pizza Machine, Sault Ste. Marie
Contact: 705-759-1000, www.chuckandgenespizzamachine.ca

Papa Piccolino’s Pizza, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-767-0000, www.papapiccolinos.com

WISCONSIN
DaLou’s Bistro, Washburn
Contact: 715-373-1125, www.dalousbistro.com

Ethel's at 250, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-0293, www.ethelsat250.com

Best Resort / Hotel / Motel

The Landmark Inn in Marquette was voted Best Resort/Hotel/Motel on the Michigan shore in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

The Landmark Inn • Marquette, Michigan 

Photo: Courtesy The Landmark Inn

MICHIGAN
The Landmark Inn, Marquette
Contact: 906-228-2580, www.thelandmarkinn.com

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Copper Harbor
Contact: 906-289-4403, www.atthelodge.com

MINNESOTA
Naniboujou Lodge & Restaurant, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-2688, www.naniboujou.com

Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth
Contact: 888-668-4352, www.theinnonlakesuperior.com

ONTARIO
Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites, Thunder Bay
Contact: 800-267-2675, www.princearthurwaterfront.com

Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay
Contact: 800-964-1121, www.valhallainn.com

WISCONSIN
Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield
Contact: 800-779-2129, www.rittenhouseinn.com

Bayfield Inn
Contact: 800-382-0995, www.bayfieldinn.com

Best Weekend Destination

Readers picked Grand Marais as Minnesota's Best Weekend Destination in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Grand Marais, Minnesota 

Photo: Explore Minnesota

MICHIGAN
Copper Harbor
Contact: 906-289-4274, www.copperharbor.org

Marquette
Contact: 800-544-4321, www.travelmarquettemichigan.com

MINNESOTA
Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-2524, www.visitcookcounty.com

Duluth
Contact: 800-438-5884, visitduluth.com

ONTARIO
Thunder Bay
Contact: 800-667-8386, www.thunderbay.ca/Visiting

Red Rock
Contact: 807-886-2245, www.redrocktownship.com

WISCONSIN
Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-3335, bayfield.org

Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-2801, www.madelineisland.com

Best Park

Gooseberry Falls was named Best Park on the Minnesota shore by voters in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Gooseberry Falls State Park • Two Harbors, Minnesota 

Photo: Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

MICHIGAN
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Contact: 906-387-3700, www.nps.gov/piro

Isle Royale National Park
Contact: 906-482-0984, www.nps.gov/isro

MINNESOTA
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Contact: 218-595-7100, www.dnr.state.mn.us

Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Contact: 218-387-3039, www.dnr.state.mn.us

ONTARIO
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Contact: 807-977-2526, www.ontarioparks.com

Pukaskwa National Park
Contact: 807-229-0801, www.pc.gc.ca

WISCONSIN
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Contact: 715-779-3397, www.nps.gov/apis

Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-6425, dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/

Best Farmers Market

Downtown Marquette's farmers market won in the 2015 Best of the Lake awards.

Downtown Marquette Farmers Market • Michigan 

Photo: Ann Hilton Fisher

MICHIGAN
Downtown Marquette Farmers Market
Contact: 906-362-3276, mqtfarmersmarket.com

TIE
Munising Farmers & Artisans Market
Contact: 906-202-3030, mifma.org

Tori Market, Hancock
Contact: 906-337-1391, torimarket.blogspot.com

MINNESOTA
Cook County Farm & Craft Market, Grand Marais
Contact: www.localharvest.org

Duluth Farmers Market
Contact: 218-724-9955, www.duluthfarmersmarket.com

ONTARIO
Thunder Bay Country Market
Contact: 807-622-1406, thunderbaycountrymarket.com

Mill Market, Sault Ste. Marie
Contact: 705-251-6776, www.millmarket.ca

WISCONSIN
Bayfield Farmers Market
Contact: 715-779-3254, bayfield.org

Ashland Area Farmers Market
Contact: 651-497-9142, www.ashlandareafarmersmarket.com

Best Burger

Bight Restaurant  in Thunder Bay won for Ontario's Best Burger in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Bight Restaurant • Thunder Bay, Ontario 

Photo: Courtesy Bight Restaurant & Bar

MICHIGAN
TIE
Michigan House Café & Red Jacket Brewing Co., Calumet
Contact: 906-337-1910, michiganhousecafe.com

Stucko’s Pub & Grill, Marquette
Contact: 906-226-1112, stuckospub.com

Pat’s Bar, Marquette
Contact: 906-225-1534

MINNESOTA
My Sister’s Place, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-1915, www.mysistersplacerestaurant.com

Grandma’s Restaurant, Duluth
Contact: 218-727-4192, www.grandmasrestaurants.com

ONTARIO
Bight Restaurant, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-622-4448, bightrestaurant.ca

Stanley Tavern, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-473-9261

WISCONSIN
Maggie’s, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-5641, www.maggies-bayfield.com

Anchor Bar, Superior
Contact: 715-394-9747, anchorbarandgrill.com

Best Place for Local Live Music

Big Top was the top Wisconsin pick for Best Place for Local Live Music in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua • Bayfield, Wisconsin 

Photo: Courtesy Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

MICHIGAN
Ore Dock Brewing Co., Marquette
Contact: 906-228-8888, ore-dock.com

Falling Rock Café, Munising
Contact: 906-387-3008, fallingrockcafe.com

MINNESOTA
Gun Flint Tavern, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-1563, www.gunflinttavern.com

Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth
Contact: 218-722-5573, bayfrontfestivalpark.com

ONTARIO
Live From the Rock Folk Festival, Red Rock
Contact: www.livefromtherockfolkfestival.com

Water Tower Pub, Sault Ste. Marie
Contact: 705-949-8111, www.watertowerinn.com

WISCONSIN
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield & Washburn
Contact: 888-244-8368, www.bigtop.org

Tom’s Burned Down Café, La Pointe, Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-6100, www.tomsburneddowncafe.com

Best Gift Shop

Young's General Store in Wawa was voted Best Gift Shop on the Ontario shore in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

Young’s General Store • Wawa, Ontario 

Photo: Gabriel Vaz

MICHIGAN
Da Yoopers, Ishpeming
Contact: 800-628-9978, www.dayoopers.com

Copper World, Calumet
Contact: 906-337-4016, www.calumetcopper.com

MINNESOTA
Lake Superior Trading Post, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-2020, www.lakesuperiortradingpost.com

Joynes Ben Franklin, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-2233, www.joynesbenfranklin.com

ONTARIO
Young’s General Store, Wawa
Contact: 705-856-2626, www.youngsgeneralstore.com

Fireweed, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-345-4686, www.fireweedcrafts.ca

WISCONSIN
Madeline Island Candles, La Pointe
Contact: 715-747-3090, www.madelineislandcandles.com

Keeper of the Light, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-5619, www.keeperofthelight.net

Best Beach

McCarty's Cove in Marquette was voted Best Beach on the Michigan shore in the 2015 Best of the Lake.

McCarty’s Cove • Marquette, Michigan 

Photo: Chris Larson

MICHIGAN
McCarty’s Cove, Marquette
Contact: 906-228-0460, www.mqtcty.org

Great Sand Bay, Eagle Harbor
Contact: 888-766-0325, www.keweenaw.info

MINNESOTA
Park Point, Duluth
Contact: 800-438-5884, visitduluth.com

Paradise Beach, rural Cook County
Contact: 218-387-2524, www.visitcookcounty.com

ONTARIO
Pancake Bay
Contact: 705-882-2209, www.ontarioparks.com

Neys Provincial Park
Contact: 807-229-1624 (spring and summer), 807-825-3403 (fall and winter), www.ontarioparks.com

WISCONSIN
Big Bay Town Park, Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-3031, www.bigbaytownpark.com

Cornucopia
Contact: cornucopiawisconsin.net

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