“I want this house back.” It was as simple as that for Mike Luhrsen as he stared into the ashes of his beloved Lake Superior-view dream home. He instantly knew he wanted to recreate it and his wife, Chrysa, signed on immediately. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:43 AM Homes



This excerpt from an old Navy manual came to mind as I sought “permission to come aboard” across the gangplank of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, docked just above the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, on a brisk mid-March day. more

Feb 20, 2018 6:33 PM Maritime

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Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area – 31,700 square miles (82,100 square kilometres) – and holds 10 percent of the world's surface fresh water. more

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Dawn of a New Superior

John Heino

“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


Troy Thies

When Tom and Nicole Wolfe decided to build their dream getaway lodge on the south shore of Lake Superior, they knew they had to think big. They figured they’d need a place the size of a barn to fit the extended family. So that’s what they built. more

Feb 13, 2013 9:42 AM Homes



The French use a term, “terroir,” to define how a region’s terrain, soil and sunlight influence the favor of a wine or cheese. more

Jan 19, 2018 1:25 PM Food/Recipes

2018 Lake Superior Calendar

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We’ve compiled a list of some of the terrific, locally owned shops where you can buy your Lake Superior Calendars and loads of other great items. Check it out! more

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Most people have the wrong impression about winter in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, Julie Sprenger insists. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:44 AM Michigan


Courtesy Ryden’s Border Store

Anyone who has crossed the U.S.-Canadian line at the Pigeon River knows Ryden’s Border Store on the Minnesota side of Highway 61. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:38 AM Minnesota

No Hibernating in Thunder Bay

Goh Iromoto / Courtesy Tourism Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay loves winter. Far from hibernating, residents embrace this season of theatre and arts, of evenings out to sample tasty locavore fare and of days indulging in boutique shopping or outdoor recreation. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Get the Skinny on Winter Skin Care

Courtesy Jennifer Baldwin

Living near Lake Superior, we naturally know how to handle winter. But even the hardiest winter warriors sometimes disregard the special care needed for our body’s first line of defense – our skin. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness



When Lake Superior Magazine wanted to find someone with a finger on the pulse of the Thunder Bay music scene, Jean-Paul De Roover’s was among the first names to pop up. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:42 AM Ontario

It’s called “astrophotography,” the photographic capturing of the night sky, and the Lake Superior region often offers up the most rarified views imaginable. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:26 AM Art/Photography

Ice Climbing

Courtesy Michigan Ice Fest

The abundance of climbable ice by the Big Lake had been an accidental secret of climbers since the early 1980s. But that’s changing, thanks to increased interest in the sport and to the growth of events like Michigan Ice Fest and Nipigon Ice Fest. more

Nov 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation



Packed with stunning scenery and boasting more than 2,500 miles of well-marked trails, the Upper Peninsula has long drawn admiration from avid snowmobilers. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:36 AM Michigan

Inside Fraser Shipyards

Patrick Lapinski

On Lake Superior, the call for help to fix any mechanical, structural or electrical woes often goes to the sole U.S. site on the Lake that can handle repairs, maintenance and modifications to the giant “lakers” – Fraser Shipyards in Superior. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Maritime



Thanks to the internet, you can find recipes aplenty online, but I want to sing praises here to the joy of a good cookbook, one that offers much more than a sets of ingredients and the instructions for assembling a meal. more

Dec 14, 2017 10:07 AM Food/Recipes

Old Ways Become New Adventures at Folk Schools

Courtesy Madeline Island School for the Arts

Folk schools are gaining popularity around the Big Lake and the world, attracting students for weeklong courses to afternoon sessions. Our folk schools often highlight Native and Scandinavian heritage and celebrate making things with one’s hands. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Education



In September 2016, Marion Eavou came to live – and to die – in the Robert and Helen Ball Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Every minute of her eight months there, someone in her large family stayed with her. more

Dec 22, 2017 10:33 AM Health/Wellness



From his home near Hawk Ridge in Duluth, high above Lake Superior, David R. Wheat’s view is spectacular. But on a recent sunny fall day, the retired U.S. Navy commander was looking not into today’s brilliant blue waters but into a darker past, more

Dec 22, 2017 10:29 AM

Better Late: Fulfilling Educational Bucket Lists

Ken Moran

David Walker was nervous on his first day at Lake Superior State University, like most students. But unlike the other freshmen, starting new chapters in their lives, David and his wife, Judy, were continuing one they began nearly 50 years earlier. more

Nov 25, 2013 9:08 AM Education

Our National Parks

John McCormick

We celebrate our Lake Superior national parks, from Apostle Islands to Pictured Rocks, with these brief introductions. We encourage you to “Find Your Park(s)” all around the Big Lake. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Natural World


Theresa Neal / MDNR

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 11:55 AM Michigan

Snowsporting Mom & Son Go Global

Tom Buchkoe

The Waara-Thorley family of Marquette is something of a Lake Superior snow dynasty. Frida Waara and her husband, Ron Thorley, raised their two children surrounded by plenty of Upper Peninsula snow. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Recreation

Don’t Blame Winter for Missing Outdoor Fun

Chris Gibbs

In winter, many Lake Superior outdoor enthusiasts live by the old adage: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Health/Wellness


Konnie LeMay / Lake Superior Magazine

Marquette is joining Duluth and Thunder Bay in becoming an impressive “foodie” town. Especially downtown, it seems almost every block has two or more tasty options. Just to pique your appetite, we are offering three suggestions: more

Oct 17, 2017 9:13 AM Michigan

Is a Maritime Career Waiting for You?

Courtesy Ellora Martin

It may soon be one of our industries most in need of new recruits. We tell you how to embark on the career of a lifetime in the maritime industry, whether it's aboard a ship or in port. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Maritime

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