Riding Around the Lake

My brother and I recently completed the Lake Superior Circle Tour this season. We spent June 20-23, 2014, traveling clockwise around the lake. I was on a 2006 Yamaha FZ6 and he rode a 2003 Honda ST 1100.

As far as motorcycle riding goes, a full rain suit is a must, along with a few different tints of safety glasses, earplugs and gloves with extended cuffs. When crossing the border on a motorcycle the Border Patrol will ask you turn off your motorcycle, need to see your passport, driver’s license, bike registration and proof of insurance. When coming into Sault Ste. Marie they will also remind you multiple times that a helmet is required by those under age 21 in the state of Michigan.

Our first day started in Duluth and ended at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park. We drove through rain and fog the entire Minnesota North Shore, but the weather cleared once we entered Canada. Some highlights were the Minnesota State Parks as well as the scenic overlooks near Nipigon.

At the end of day two we camped at Pancake Bay Provincial Park. Both Ontario parks were well kept, not very busy, and decently priced around $40 for a tent site. Our highlights of the second day were Aguasabon Gorge near Terrance Bay, and the many stops along Hwy. 17 on the East shore of the lake past Old Woman Bay and Alona Bay.

Day three we crossed into the USA and traveled on Michigan Hwy. 28 through Munsing and Marquette, up the Keweenaw to Fort Wilkins Historic State Park near Copper Harbor. Michigan State park was equally nice but slightly more expensive. Be sure to ask for the one-day vehicle pass instead of the annual recreation passport they will try to sell you. That portion of M-28 is a long, straight, boring stint of roadway with lots and lots of trees. The second half of the drive near the lake was much better. Brockway Mountain Drive is a must on the trip.

Day four consisted of getting up early and heading back through Wisconsin to Duluth. Ashland, WI is a cool town along the way and a nice place to stop. Be aware of wildlife (both big and small) crossing the road throughout the trip, but especially near the Bad River area of Wisconsin.

Algirdas Suek, Fergus Falls, MN
Mathew Suek, Fergus Falls, MN