A Superior 40th Anniversary

We have spent 40 years vacationing on Michigan’s Lake Superior shore and thought it was time to see the rest of the Lake. We had a high top Ford Transit van outfitted for camping and on September 1st headed out for the Keweenaw Peninsula. We spent three days rediscovering Copper Harbor and then headed for Madeline Island. Camped two nights on the island, explored Bayfield then headed for Minnesota. We spent quite a bit of time in Duluth on a 2017 trip so we cruised on by to Gooseberry Falls State Park. We were very impressed with Minnesota’s State Park system. We reserved our camp sites in advance making check-in very easy. There was also great information about the park at each location and the parks had great directional signs. There was road construction in Two Harbors that held up traffic for about an hour so we didn’t spend our planned time there. Gooseberry Falls is so beautiful a not to be missed spot. The Split Rock Lighthouse is just beautiful. The story of how and why they built the light was very interesting. We went down to the beach and the view of the light is worth all the steps. We stayed two nights then took a side trip to Ely and visited the International Wolf Center. Ely is much larger than we expected. Next stop was Temperance River State Park. The gorge was amazing. Hiked to the beginning of the gorge. It was a peaceful spot to cool off our hot feet. Spent the day hiking around Lutsen ski area. Rode the tram and Alpine slide. We are skiers and would like to try skiing here soon. On to Cascade River State Park and the wonderful town of Grand Marais. There is a great co op grocery where you can find organic and natural foods. The IGA in town is very good also. Grand Portage was next. The national monument was amazing. It helped us complete the story of the fur trade we had heard at the Straits of Mackinaw. We crossed into Canada and went to Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park. All sites in the park have electricity but the electrical Post’s are very far from the parking spots. They rent extensions but do not tell you how far it is to plug-in. The sites were very nice and private and the Falls amazing. We toured Fort William and learned more about the fur trade. Rainbow Falls PP was our next stop. There was no attendant and the direction for park registration was not very clear. The phone number to call did not work either. Must have cash or check for payment. Used up most of our Canadian money. The views of Superior on this section of road were amazing. Terrace Bay was a great place to stop. Aguasabon gorge and Falls is a must stop. The trail to the falls is short and easy. We hiked the trail to the beach but only made it half way. It was a difficult trail but the view at the half way is worth the effort. We then drove to the beach and spent some time. It is worth the stop also. There is a good grocery store in the shopping center. We stopped at Neys PP for the night. Again very confusing registration process with no attendant. The site directions were confusing also. Lake Superior PP was our next stop. Old woman bay was amazing. The Agawa Rock pictograph trail was very challenging but fun and the views at the end were worth the hike. How did they get the pictographs so high on that rock face? The mystery question of the trip! The last night of our camping in Canada was spent at the KOA in Sault Ste. Marie. It is a well designed camp with all the amenities. Besides the view our favorite part of the Canada portion of Superior was the people we met along the way. Since there are limited places to camp we saw the same people for a few nights. It became a bit of a caravan along the north shore of Superior. The Canadians were so friendly and welcoming. The Minnesota shore in winter has moved high on our bucket list. We would like to go back in the autumn too. Since we have traveled many times to locations along the Michigan shore we spent a night in Mackinaw City then headed home to southeast Michigan. But along that shore do not miss visiting Whitefish Point, Soo Locks, Grand Marais—drive H58 to Munising—and spend some time in Marquette—good restaurants and beaches. We always thought Superior couldn’t get any more awesome than the Michigan shore but Minnesota and Canada’s shore are beyond words.

Michele & Steve Strzelecki, Highland, MI