The Loch Superior Monster – it had to be 10 feet long – wacked hard into my legs and swept my partner completely off her feet, dumping her into the swift-flowing water. Read more

My Lake Superior



It is 1925, and, finally, we have some solutions to fix “for all time” the problem of variable Great Lakes water levels. Read more

The Lake

Our Working Water

Courtesy City of Duluth

You probably don’t give the water from your faucet a second thought, but our lakeside cities do and invest millions to bring us clean water. Read more

Lake Superior

Cherishing Our Drinkable Sea

There is no denying that the glaciers gifted our northern neighborhood with a 3-quadrillion-gallon miracle. But we are not immune from aging pipes and water contaminants, and our “drinkable” sea remains so only as long as we remain diligent. Read more

Jan 20, 2016 2:38 PM Superior Notes

Microplastics: Pollutants in a Small Package

Jeremy Frech

Plastic pollutants, like microbeads and nurdles that sometimes end up in Lake Superior, soak up any toxins in the water, such as PCBs and dioxin. If wild critters ingest the plastics, the toxins can enter the food chain. Read more

Lake Superior


Rolf Peterson

A solid ice bridge over Lake Superior has formed between Isle Royale and the mainland, an increasingly rare link that could bring new life – quite literally – to an isolated and inbred Isle Royale National Park wolf population facing extirpation. Read more

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Diesel Spill near Little Marais, Minnesota

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Diesel Fuel Spills on Minnesota's North Shore, Reaches Lake Superior

An estimated 75 to 80 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on Minnesota’s North Shore following a truck accident Tuesday afternoon. Some of the diesel reached Lake Superior, says the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Read more

Jul 10, 2013 3:08 PM Superior Notes

Sigurd Olson Institute

Northland College / The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

An institute named for famed naturalist Sigurd Olson keeps the legacy of his environmental vision alive and thriving among young people. Read more


Great Lakes Aquarium's New Exhibit

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

New Exhibit at the Great Lakes Aquarium

Last night was the official opening reception at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth for a new exhibit – Fire, Ice and the Rise of Life. Read more

Jun 13, 2013 10:52 AM Superior Notes

351: Tischer Creek

Darin Bainter

Our State of the Lake report this year focuses on the 2012 disasters – what experts think will come next, how our communities are preparing for the unexpected, and how neighbors help neighbors. Read more

Lake Superior

Around the Circle This Week: A Supposedly Fun Thing

Winter strikes again, forcing Wisconsin's governor to postpone his trip to Cable for the fishing opener; the Great Lakes' dredging crisis; a supposedly fun thing one man will never do again; ice persists on Chequamegon Bay; and upcoming events. Read more

May 3, 2013 3:59 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Hi. What's Your Name Again? Spring? Have We Met?

The Copper Harbor Trails Club wins a prize to build a new downhill biking trail in the Keweenaw; Duluth's air named some of the cleanest in the U.S.; Ashland's Soo Line Depot wins an award; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Apr 26, 2013 6:06 PM Superior Notes

The Next Generation of Lake Superior Stewards

The Lake Superior Youth Symposium, a gathering of students and teachers held this year at Michigan Tech, offers presentations and hands-on field trips to teens with an interest in the Great Lakes. Registration for the May event closes on April 30. Read more

Apr 10, 2013 3:34 PM Superior Notes


Rolf Peterson

Isle Royale Wolf Population Down to Eight; No Pups Born in 2012

No wolf pups were born on Isle Royale in 2012, according to researchers, a grim turn for a population now down to just eight animals. Read more

Mar 27, 2013 10:28 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Winning the War

Scientists map the genome of the sea lamprey, which should help in the battle against that invasive species; the shipping season on the Lake begins; Minnesota researchers reveal the early results of their moose study; and notable weekend events. Read more

Mar 22, 2013 4:50 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Breaking the Ice

Coast Guard cutters start ice-breaking operations in preparation for the March 25 opening of the Soo Locks; Nathan Schroeder wins the Beargrease; spring is just around the corner, which means construction is too; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Mar 15, 2013 5:36 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Mining in the Penokees

A controversial mining bill passes the Wisconsin Assembly; the University of Wisconsin-Superior library works to rebuild its collection; the Red Cliff Band reveals another twist in the Lake Superior barrel saga; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Mar 8, 2013 4:29 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Dogged

The Apostle Island Sled Dog Race concludes; the mystery barrel saga continues; Minnesota cancels its 2013 moose hunt; restaurants battle for the Best Pizza on the Bay title; and a look at the week ahead. Read more

Feb 8, 2013 5:03 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Lime Island Summer

The Michigan DNR puts out a call for Lime Island summer campground hosts; the Bayfield County Board denies a contentious mining resolution; Maritime Visitor Center Director Thom Holden retires; and a look at the week ahead. Read more

Feb 1, 2013 4:50 PM Superior Notes


Mary Carlin Dougherty

The Cookery Maven: Last Places

One of our favorite Lake bloggers, Mary Carlin Dougherty writes The Cookery Maven. Her latest post is a beautiful one about the world's "last places." Read more

Jan 23, 2013 4:57 PM Superior Notes

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    Minnesota DNR

    Pollinator Poster

    A pollinator poster from the Minnesota DNR

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    Minnesota Sea Grant


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