We have just completed our first circle tour of Lake Superior. It has been in two parts.
Summer 2012: we traveled in Michigan from Sault Ste. Marie to Copper Harbor, over a period of about 8 days. We (wife, Karen, and our 90# flat-coat retriever named Jake) were camping along the way except in Copper Harbor, when we stayed in the King Copper Motel. We loved all of it … at least we think Jake did.
Our favorite spots were:
Tahquamenon Falls State Park; Grand Marais, Michigan; a little county park just west of Munising which is RIGHT ON the lake; the Keweenaw peninsula … especially Copper Harbor with the lighthouse tour; Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Brockway Mountain. The country is beautiful and there are more waterfalls and rocky beaches than you know what to do with.
In 2013, we traveled the rest of the way around the lake. We again started from Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario) and traveled counterclockwise to Wakefield, Michigan. We started September 7th and arrived in Wakefield the 17th. We loved the art museum and Bushplane Museum in Sault Ste. Marie. You have to at least have your picture taken at the “Goose” in Wawa. Rainbow Falls Provincial Park was wonderful and the falls amazing … the flow was very fast and we could only imagine what it must be like in spring when 200+ inches of snow is melting. Unfortunately the campground was closed and we stayed in Schreiber, Ontario … one of the more forgettable experiences of the trip.
Thunder Bay is a large city and we enjoyed touring Fort William, and camping there for 2 nights. The rest of the city was quite industrial. One of the locals told us the best food in town was at the casino. We would have liked to go to Kakabeka Falls, but time did not allow for this … a big disappointment.
Our next stop was Grand Marais, Minnesota. This was one of our favorite places. The municipal campground was very nice and right on the lake. The fish at The Angry Trout is to die for and shopping is great. it is also the home of North House Folk School which offers classes in many arts and crafts year-round.
Bayfield, Wisconsin, and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was next and another one of our favorites. Nice shopping, boat trips around the Apostle Islands (which end except weekends on Labor Day) and a ferry to Madeline Island.
If you like wandering and talking to locals, plan 14-21 days, but it could be done in as little as 6-8 days. Loved most of it, but the mosquitoes were tiresome after a while. All in all, a great trip.
Bob & Karen Eichelberger, Muskegon, Michigan