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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

Lake Superior Journal: Day One at the Crossroads

Dave Myers

My wife, our four little kids and I eagerly approached the trailhead of the Lake Superior Provincial Park Coastal Trail in Ontario. We were prepared to take our initial footsteps into a backpacking adventure. Then we saw the sign: “Bear Problems.” more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

Cheryl Fosdick

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

For 21 years, Duluth designer Cheryl Fosdick has volunteered at Grandma’s Marathon, 13 of those years coordinating security volunteers in Canal Park (a crew that grew from 25 then to 130 this year). more

May 12, 2016 2:35 PM Recreation

6 Trails for Maritime Sights

Florin Chelaru

Let us suggest six satisfying strolls with great views that offer a bit of Lake Superior maritime heritage along the way. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

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

Birding Festivals

Gregory Huset

As a major migratory flyway, the Lake Superior region is well placed to tap the enthusiasm of residents and visitors who like to flock to festivals celebrating the spring migration. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

Paddle Safety

Shelly Dinsmoore

Lake Superior’s beauty can belie its dangers, particularly if you’re not prepared with the right gear and paddling know-how. Here are the basics of kayaking safely on the Big Lake. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

One River, Two Islands

Richard Hamilton Smith / Courtesy The Nature Conservancy

Two islands – one a sprawling half-mile square and the other barely covering a couple city blocks – reflect evolving attitudes about the St. Louis River and its value to the community. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

Barkie Birkie

James Netz / Courtesy American Birkebeiner

The American Birkebeiner team didn’t start out to organize skijoring races, but the popularity of a demonstration a few years ago spurred them to add the Barkie Birkie. more

Feb 17, 2016 11:38 AM Recreation

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

The Lake Is Boss: Returning a Little Wiser from an Apostle Islands Paddle

Benjamin Alva Polley

Quickly I understood this was not like any other water we’d paddled. Miles from shore, if you capsize you can’t just swim to safety. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Superior Challenge

Jared Munch

The Big Lake awes many people with its power and beauty, but it inspires some to test their limits. Meet individuals who set out on the water as a challenge and returned with a better understanding of themselves and our Sweetwater Sea. more

Jul 29, 2015 3:18 PM Recreation

Big Lake Bike Heaven

Courtesy Spirit Mountain

Biking may fall under the “silent sports” umbrella alongside cross-country skiing, running and paddling, but cyclists on our shores are anything but quiet about their love for regional riding. Tour the Big Lake's best trails with us. more

May 29, 2015 9:00 AM Recreation

Get Down to the Water

Felicia Schneiderhan

Public marinas and safe harbors also provide access to the Lake and boat-infused views for those traveling by land. Big or small, downtown or in the middle of nowhere, they can be fascinating even for those without boats. more

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Lutsen Mountains

Courtesy Lutsen Mountains

At Lutsen Mountains ski area, the gondola is the place to start for a hiking adventure. more

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Bicycling

CAMBA Trails

Courtesy Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Links to bike trails, groups and other resources for regional riding, on and off the road.

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