2019 Lake Superior Circle Tour

We had taken this trip July 2013 traveling clockwise by car and staying at motels. This was pre-retirement, so we were both watching the clock/calendar, mindful of how many miles we needed to complete each day. It was a wonderful trip! We are now both retired, and purchased a Vistabule teardrop camping trailer that we tow with our Jeep. We decided to take the tour again, but counter-clockwise, camping along the way. Our first stop was Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth. The washrooms were being re-constructed and not available (do-able for one night). We learned that even without this facility, the campground was booked for Memorial Day weekend. With this information, we anticipated the same for Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula campgrounds. So, we made a last-minute decision to go clockwise again. Maybe we’ll go again the other direction? We didn’t plan to, but we stayed at Provincial Parks or State Parks the entire trip. If we liked where we were and wanted to see more, we stayed two nights. We had 11 days of less than 200 miles each, several less than 150 miles. This is one of the joys of retirement! We found every Ontario Provincial Park to be top-notch. It was early in the season, so none were filled. Sites were secluded and clean. The facilities were modern and clean with restrooms, showers, and even coin laundry. We had been advised to have enough power cord for shore-power, and glad that we did as the posts are shared by multiple sites and at a distance. The UP State Parks were very good, as most had modern restrooms and showers (a couple need to be updated). Only one Wisconsin State Park, and it was good. Our favorite was Rabbit Blanket Campground in the Lake Superior PP. It was chilly the first part of the trip, and the heater kept us warm at night (tough to get out of bed some mornings). The good news is that the skeeters and black flies were non-existent during these days. If you like waterfalls like we do, this is a great trip. Some can be seen from the roadway, some need an extra drive, some require a hike to get to. Kakabeka, Rainbow, and Tahquamenon rank very high on our all-time list, but Sable Falls in the UP was our favorite. Over the years, we have taken many side-trips looking for wildlife (moose, bear, birds, etc). We FINALLY saw a moose (in the Lake Superior PP)! Within 15 minutes, was saw two more. No bear siting, but one had been seen in our campground the day before we got to Fort Wilkins SP. Lots of deer, especially on Sleeping Giant. Several eagles, and even an osprey.

Dan & Shari Hagen, Northfield, MN