Five Favorite Keweenaw Gardens

Courtesy Karena Schmidt

Our harsh winters and a growing season that lasts slightly longer than a nature nanosecond make any flourishing garden here all the more wonderful. Find inspiration in these five favorites. more

Apr 3, 2017 12:00 AM Homes

Unsolved Mysteries of the Lakes

Courtesy Thunder Bay Historical Museum

On November 23, 1918, three minesweepers commissioned by the French government left Fort William-Port Arthur (Thunder Bay today) from the Canada Car Works where they were built. Only one would reach Sault Ste. Marie. The others were never seen again. more

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM , Maritime

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Jon Nelson

Discovery of ancient stromatolites on Lake Superior's shore astounded the scientific world and reestablished the age of the oldest known fossils. more

Apr 15, 1997 12:57 PM Natural World

Golf Courses with a View of the Lake

Bryan Hansel

To enjoy a round of golf around Lake Superior, you don’t really need to be good at the game. You might swing like a pro or fling divots like a novice, but one thing’s for sure: The stunning Big Lake scenery will ensure a memorable day on the links. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

Porphyry Island Beckons with a Lighthouse, Trails & Gallery

Courtesy Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

An adventure to Porphyry Island on Black Bay about 8 miles east of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park starts with how you get there. Most people arrive by kayak, canoe or boat. Or you can hire a fishing charter, a floatplane or helicopter. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Ontario


Bruce Ojard

In 1956, Betty Lessard was living in Duluth, Minnesota, and making good progress toward her career in photography. She had no inkling that a proposition that year by her father, Aleck Christiansen, would change the course of her life. more

Mar 30, 2002 2:01 PM Minnesota 2 Comments

Great Lakes Fleet

Courtesy Jim Dan Hill Library / University of Wisconsin-Superior

In early 1901, Augustus B. Wolvin told executives at the newly formed U.S. Steel Corporation that if they wanted him to manage the “Steel Trust” fleet, he’d only do it from his adopted hometown – Duluth. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maritime

Second Place, 11th Annual Photo Contest

David L. Kohne

Lightning is a powerful subject, as these photographers showed in their entries from past Lake Superior photo contests. more

Natural World

The Bee’s Knees: Local Couple Adopts a Healthful Honey of a Hobby

Claire Duquette

Three years ago, Paula Cunningham looked out at the little apple orchard behind her and husband Tom’s Ashland, Wisconsin, home and had an aha thought: “It would be a great idea to get some bees.” more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Randy Jarvis

My resident hummingbirds are freeloaders extraordinaire. Not only do they fight over the four-spot sugar-water tap, they have the audacity to complain whenever it runs dry. Many a bird has lingered at the dining room window demanding a refill. more

May 1, 2003 12:00 AM Natural World

Porphyry Island Beckons with a Lighthouse, Trails & Gallery

Courtesy Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

An adventure to Porphyry Island on Black Bay about 8 miles east of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park starts with how you get there. Most people arrive by kayak, canoe or boat. Or you can hire a fishing charter, a floatplane or helicopter. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Ontario

Peregrine Falcons Return to U.P. Bridges


Peregrine falcons have returned to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock again this year, and area students built nest boxes for them. Falcons have also successfully nested on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge this year. more

Jul 7, 2017 9:17 AM Natural World

Download lake views and other scenes from the region for your desktops and home screens. more


Rock of Ages Lighthouse

Dennis O'Hara

These offshore stations marked some of the most dangerous threats to navigation found anywhere, and the stories of their operation and maintenance speak volumes about the dedicated people who worked them. Come meet them and their islands. more

Aug 1, 2005 12:00 AM Maritime


Jack Rendulich

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 11:46 AM Travel

Mystical Michipicoten: Memories from a Majestic Island

Donn Larson

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

Family Life at Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

Before Minnesota Highway 61 was built, boats were the only means of transportation to Split Rock Lighthouse. Life at the lighthouse could be lonely for the early keepers and their families. more

Aug 1, 2001 12:00 AM Maritime

Farewell Pine

Molly Hoeg

Waking in the early morning hours to blinding lightning, constant thunder and howling winds did little to prepare us for the devastation that we would find when dawn came – including the loss of a favorite pine tree. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Natural World


Sparky Stensaas Collection

Lake Superior Journal: Perk's Floating Forest

An avid birder, Captain J.P. "Perk" Perkins decided not to let his career as a ship captain interfere with his passion for viewing birds. From the early 1930s through the early 1970s, Perk created his own on-deck forests. more

Jan 18, 2011 8:09 PM Superior Notes 1 Comments

Celebrity Sightings

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

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

Grand Prize: 22nd Annual Photo Contest

Cari Povenz

Majestic seas, rise so high / And take me captive with your hypnotic tune. / With thunderous crash, or whispering sigh, / Bear witness to the gull and silent dune. more

Jun 16, 2017 12:20 PM Poetry

Young’s General Store in Wawa is well-known for the stuffed moose that greets visitors from the porch. People love posing for pictures with this true icon – sometimes the only moose that travelers will see while driving through Ontario. more

Jul 19, 2011 12:00 AM Ontario

Essentia Health Staff Reunite Patient with Service Dog

Maureen Talarico

When Dennis Wold found out he was going to have to stay at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior for an extended period, he feared he would lose his new service dog, Warner. But the hospital welcomes pets as part of its care. more

Jun 16, 2017 11:33 AM Health/Wellness

Wild About Weather

National Weather Service

Powered by strong low-pressure systems, these nine Lake Superior storms wrecked dozens of ships and claimed hundreds of lives. more

Jan 16, 2012 2:59 PM Natural World

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