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My Favorite Adventure Travel-Lake Superior Tranquility

Updated on June 15, 2016

My favorite place-Lake Superior Canada and Michigan

My Favorite Adventure Travel-Lake Superior. Every since I can remember I thought of going to Lake Superior in Canada. I have visited it many time in my life, I once hiked and entire day from my campsite to see the Pictured Rocks from the Michigan side. I camped in the wilderness and witnessed a live black bear who decided to visit the first night there what an adventure. I am thoroughly amazed at the size of the lake, it make me think of the ocean. There are 2 main sides to visit the U.S. and from Canada.

As a child I lived in Michigan and living there meant you were special. In school we studied Michigan history learned the adventure travel songs and heard the tales of Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox. My family spent vacations in northern Michigan and it was my desire to one day visit the Upper Peninsula. I romanticized what I could do there once I arrived. I would visit the Mackinac Island, eat fudge, ride my bike around the island, hike through the wood and camp in a tent by the Pictured Rocks. This would be the life I always dreamed about, the things I studied in school about during Michigan week an adventure in the wilderness.. Eating flapjack and breathing in fresh air.

The first summer I was allowed to drive myself up north, I headed with my friends for and adventure, you guessed it the Upper peninsula of Michigan. With my backpack, tent and some food we trekked through the mosquito filled woods for an adventure that would stay with me forever.

Lake Superior

Lake Superior, The Ultimate Guide to the Region, Second Edition
Lake Superior, The Ultimate Guide to the Region, Second Edition

One of the best guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


Beautiful Agates of green and pink

Superior Agates

Agate stones cover the shoreline, as you can see I'm dressed in my Lake Superior beach attire, basking in the sun. You might think that laying over so many rocks is uncomfortable. It is far from it, the warmth of the sun heated rocks mold to my back as I enjoy the warm sunshine on my face. I am wearing a sweatshirt and jeans since it's only the 2nd week in July and the temperature on Lake Superior is in the high 60"s with water temps in the 50's.

We revisit this particular spot a couple of times during the summer it is just off N17 about half way between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Wawa, Ontario. It's a beautiful drive with glimpses of the shoreline most of the way. It is a very rural and rustic portion of Canada, with family run hotels, restaurants and gas stations. Many people have cottages and camps along the shoreline along the way to what we affectionately call "Sizzling Rock Beach". Since we didn't know the name we made on up that described the sound of the waves as the hit the rocks on the beach.

The Original Big Mac-The Mackinac Bridge in the foreground

The Original Big Mac-The Mackinac Bridge in the foreground
The Original Big Mac-The Mackinac Bridge in the foreground


My Buddy Scooter Found a Stick-Time to Play

My Buddy Scooter Found a Stick-Time to Play
My Buddy Scooter Found a Stick-Time to Play

Look at It Sizzling

Look at It Sizzling
Look at It Sizzling

A Fun Filled Day

A Day of Play

A necessary items on this beach is a good pair of water shoes. The smooth rounded agate stones covering the beach make way for the rocky terrain which lies beneath the cold water. The photo above shows my husband and granddaughter playing on the beach. We returned to the beach on a day when the ambient temperature was in the high 70's and the water was a Lake Superior warm of around 60+ degrees.

This day we got into the water jumping from one huge rock to another, Unfortunately without my glasses I missed a jump and landed in the cold water head first. I swam my way back to my rock and continued the game we invented while my husband and granddaughter laughed their heads off. We had a wonderful adventure that day, complete with lunch on the blanket and sun bathing on the warm rocks.

I know when we all meet back up north this summer Sizzling Rock Beach is on our list of adventures. I'll always have to live with the humiliation of falling, as it's sure to be the topic of conversation as we once again jump from rock to rock in the fidget water of Lake Superior

Lake Superior History

Come on in Granma the water is soooo warm.

Come on in Granma the water is soooo warm.
Come on in Granma the water is soooo warm.

Look honey no hands and I didn't fall in

Look honey no hands and I didn't fall in
Look honey no hands and I didn't fall in

Watch a video and see how huge Lake Superior appears

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      @MrAusAdventure: Yes you can travel from Duluth to the Atlantic.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I miss its moods and the foghorns.....

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I love people who love Lake Superior. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula on the shores of the great lake so as my sister says, I have ice water in my veins. The quiz was a bit confusing....did you mean how many states touch Lake Superior? I'll add this to the related lenses on my Gitche Gumee lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      We visited Lake Superior in June from the Michigan side. We had a wonderful trip...lots of great lighthouses and waterfalls to photograph.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have only visited Lake Superior from the Minnesota and Wisconsin side, after looking at your pictures, I've determined that it is beautiful from all sides! Loved your pictures!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Also my favorite Great Lake. I grew up in Northern Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. But, like you, Lake Superior calls to me. I love its shoreline, Superior Provincial Park being one of my favorite places to visit. Pictured Rocks are incredible too. Thanks for sharing your passion.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like walking the shores of Lake Superior barefooted and those tiny rocks and sand will sure make your feet smooth as old skin vanishes...but wearing fort protections is a very good idea due to glass and other sharp items that may cause injury. I love looking for Lake Superior glass and have used it in my crafting from time to time. I missed one of your quiz questions, went with 2 rather than 3. When you brought up the UP, I was reminded that though it is way up there, it is also very popular and if your planning on staying anywhere in the season, you better have a reservation...I know someone who headed up there on one Labor Day weekend to learn there were no openings for 200 miles, whew!

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      Nice lens, I hope you enjoyed your fall and adventure. Thanks for sharing

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      My last adventure was the pyramids in Egypt. I have traveled throughout Europe but going to Lake Superior remains a dream of mine! I can't wait to do it. Thank you for such a wonderful lens!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      My last adventure was canoeing Gregg Lake. I wrote about that one but yesterday I was in Jasper National Park and I am still processing the photos for that trip.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I lived in Michigan's lower peninsula for a year and a half, so I've seen Lakes Michigan and Huron. I would like to see Lake Superior someday.

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      yarfodg 4 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful place to visit... Thanks a lot for sharing!

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have visited a few of the Great Lakes but not Superior. Can you really travel all the way to the Atlantic from Lake Superior by water? My last big adventure was a 5200 kilometre, 2 week long motorcycle ride. I have a Lens all about it which is in the pipeline.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      I have loved our trips to Lake Superior! I live in Michigan now, and we've been up to Pictured Rocks a couple times. I used to live in Minnesota, and we'd spend some time up on the North Shore every couple of years. Then I went to college in Duluth, and we took a number of day trips up along the North Shore. Heavenly! You did a great job of telling how wonderful this lake is!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      It seems to me a great place to visit. Thanks !

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I love the way you've written this lens - it's just like listening to a girlfriend talk about her vacation. Lake Superior looks wonderful.

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      What a wonderful place to visit!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      Its one of the places I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We went to drive through the south of Italy including Sicily. We had a great time.

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      Palitra27 4 years ago

      Great pictures. Thank you for this valuable information.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      It was quite a while ago and was a trip to Egypt where I saw the pyramids and did lots of snorkelling.