Lake Superior Circle Tour

We have a truck camper and traveled counterclockwise around the Lake beginning at Sault Ste. Marie, (enjoyed the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre there). We figured we would begin with Canada since we had never been there before and were most excited to see that portion and Minnesota. We traveled the first 2 weeks of August 2019 and had the nicest weather possible, very little wind, calm water, and no bugs. I wish we could have taken more time between the Soo and Pukaskwa National Park to explore the parks/trails there and in Neys, Lake Superior and Pancake Bay Provincial Parks. Enjoyed the bridge in Nipigon, and Ouimet and Eagle Canyons. We really enjoyed the view of the Big Lake from the Rainbow Falls to Nipigon area and all the offshore islands. Loved Fort Williams in Thunder Bay, Naniboujou Lodge, Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors with the great view of the ore dock, and Duluth camping at Lakehead Marina (new facilities!!). We were under the lift bridge to see a freighter arrive among a public welcoming committee that was like a party and the great speaker announcements about the arrival. Glad we stopped at the Fairlawn Mansion in Superior, it was a learning experience about the period. Enjoyed Cornucopia and the fresh fish market and docks there. As far as visitor centers go, the one in Calumet is outstanding and a wealth of historical displays! Also the Laurium Manor. A must stop is the Shrine of the Snowshoe Priest, very impressed. Had a real treat at Canyon Falls near Alberta, seeing the young people jump off the rocks and climbing the rope back up. Yikes, who would ever think? Downtown Marquette was really cool, enjoyed the drive out to see the Black Rocks, and saw an ore ship arrive at the ore dock – that was a highlight! Also enjoyed the Black Rocks Brewery, very nice backyard patio with music. In Munising we enjoyed the East Channel Brewing Company, and the Spray Falls boat tour, but 11:00 was not the time to do it with the sun in the wrong direction for taking any good pictures. I think later afternoon would have been better, but there is always a greater chance of increased wind. The boat trip was very nice anyway and very informative. We camped in Grand Marias, at Woodland Park, a really nice campground on the lake, walking distance to town. I was disappointed at Lake Superior Brewing Company that there were really no good t-shirts for purchase! Isn’t that what beer enthusiasts would want, a “Lake Superior” t-shirt? We took 2 weeks for the Circle and could have used a couple more days. I think my favorite areas were the Keweenaw Peninsula, Duluth (and drive to Split Rock), and Marquette. Here is our camping schedule: St. Ignace, Kewadin Casino Lake Superior Provincial Park – Agawa Rainbow Falls Provincial Park – Rossport Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Thunder Bay – Canadian Tire Cascade River State Park, MN Duluth – Lakehead Marina Dalrymple Campground, Bayfield Hancock Municipal Park Dockside Resort, Gay Rippling River RV Park, Marquette Pictured Rocks KOA, Wetmore Munising Tourist Park Woodland Park Campground, Grand Marais Pictures attached are: Agawa Pictograph, Tram down to Quincy Mine, Fault line in Quincy Mine with guide Emily, Italian Hall Memorial, Calumet, Prayer of the Woods at Tahquamenon Falls.

Mary Schutt and Joe Doyle, Muskegon, MI