Finding Fabulous Fungi

Sparky Stensaas

Dead Man’s Fingers, Tree Ear, Velvet Foot, Toothed Jelly, Bear’s Head Tooth, The Blusher, Brain Fungus, Fuzzy Foot. Revel in the staggering shapes and colors of our North Woods fungi – and their evocative names. Read more

Natural World

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.” Read more


An Outdoor Education: Local Universities Embrace Natural Assets

Courtesy Michigan Tech

One of the under-tapped resources around the Lake Superior region is the outdoor recreational programs, open to students, staff and the general public, at our public and private universities. Read more


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. Read more


CAMBA Trails

Courtesy Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

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


Mount Bohemia

Courtesy Mount Bohemia

Near the Keweenaw Peninsula's tip, Mount Bohemia offers skiers and snowboarders ungroomed pitches, cliffs and frozen waterfalls, heaps of dry powder and uncompromising difficulty without the crowds or glitz of big resorts. Read more


One Heck of a Ride

Jeremy Kershaw / Courtesy Heck of the North

The Heck of the North starts on a gravel road in Two Harbors, then takes riders to Duluth and back. But exactly where it will zigzag along 110 miles of Minnesota backroads and trails depends on the whims of this bike race’s director. Read more


A Visit to Tahquamenon Falls Country

Thomas Brouwer

Near the naturally dark waters of the Tahquamenon River, you'll find waterfalls, good beer, friendly bears, shipwreck history, adventure and beauty. Read more


Camping with Kids

Jeremy Kershaw

Did the arrival of the stork make you roll up your sleeping bag? Don’t put away that gear, say five families who introduced their children to camping from an early age. Read more


Wawa Ice Fishing Derby

Troy Dereski

At the Wawa Ice Fishing Derby, anglers can turn big catches into big prizes. Better yet, derby organizers can turn derby entries into funding for local groups. Read more


Cold Rolled

Clear & Cold Cinema

Wondering what goes on in Marquette when the snow is high and the cold is deep? Folks go for a bicycle ride, of course. Local photographer-filmmaker Aaron Peterson talks with us about this rising, wild sport of riding bikes in snow. Read more


Superior Hiking Trail

Randy "Rudi" Hargesheimer

As of summer 2013, you can hike the 300 contiguous miles along the Superior Hiking Trail from Jay Cooke State Park west of Duluth all the way to the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead. Creating a trail of that magnitude was no simple walk in the park. Read more


Five tips for staying safe on the water. Read more



National Safe Boating Council

Lapses in judgment on Lake Superior can turn fatal, no matter how savvy the boater or user. But proper precautions – which always start with a life jacket – can rein in perilous situations, keeping boaters safe and allowing for a worry-free day. Read more


Beargrease 2013

Phil Bencomo

Scenes from the Beargrease

Six weeks after the race was postponed because of a lack of snow – and a year after a mild winter canceled it altogether – the 29th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon got underway on Sunday north of Duluth. Read more

Mar 11, 2013 3:52 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


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. Read more



James Smedley

True, there’s the cold and the barrier of ice between you and the fish. But fair-weather anglers harbour a sneaking suspicion that we might actually be having fun on the ice and catching fish they’re missing. The next step is to join us. Here's how. Read more


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Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: That's a Wrap

The shipping season comes to a close; poor trail conditions force the postponement of the Beargrease; a new climate report predicts major changes in the Midwest; a divisively titled movie prepares to film in Duluth in Feb.; and a peek at next week. Read more

Jan 18, 2013 4:32 PM Superior Notes

Superior Ice

Dennis O'Hara

Picturing the Big Lake: 7 Winter Photography Tips

Photographer Dennis O'Hara gives us seven simple tips for photography during the winter, a special season of quiet snowfalls, pristine white landscapes and clear blue skies. Read more

Jan 4, 2013 10:34 AM Superior Notes

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