Lake Superior
Lake Superior

Located above Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world.

‘Superior’ describes not only its size and volume, but also its setting. The Ojibwe called it Kitchigami, meaning “great lake.” In the 1600s it was called Le Lac Superior, or “upper lake,” by the French missionaries, denoting its location at the top of the Great Lakes region.

Lake Superior's surface covers 31,700 square miles and its cold waters reach a depth of 1,332 feet. It has long served as an important waterway for trade and shipping due to the accessibility of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie that connects Superior with the lower Great Lakes. However, its history of storms and strong winds have made it infamous for sinking many ships, including the iconic Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. Many wrecks can be found off of Whitefish Point which is home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Lake Superior's oldest operating lighthouse, Whitefish Point Light Station. Over 30 lighthouses still stand along the Lake Superior beaches, some of which offer unique bed and breakfast experiences.

East of Whitefish Point is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore which features the stunning, multi-colored sandstone cliffs that stretch 42 miles along the shore from Grand Marais to Munising. The lakeshore is also home to spectacular hiking trails, beaches and waterfalls.

Lake Superior is also home to Isle Royale National Park, an archipelago of more than 200 islands accessible only by boat or seaplane. On Isle Royale, the largest island, you can explore more than 165 miles of hiking trails immersed in untouched, incredible wildlife. Wolves and Moose call the island home, and you can wake up to a spectacular sunrise and the call of a loon. 


Lake Superior is home to over 30 lighthouses in Michigan. No matter your Lake Superior destination, there are a plenty of lighthouses waiting to be explored. 

Lake Superior
Dark Skies
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is perfect for stargazing, especially along the shores of Lake Superior. If you’re lucky, you may even see the northern lights.
Dark Skies on Lake Superior
Isle Royale National Park
Located north of the Keweenaw Peninsula Lake Superior, this hiker’s getaway offers peaceful and untouched wilderness for the perfect outdoor escape.
Isle Royale National Park
Paddle Sports
From kayaking to stand up paddleboarding, find the perfect place for your paddle sports adventure on Lake Superior. If you need equipment, there are a variety of rental facilities to help you get out on the water.
Paddle Sports on Lake Superior
Lake Superior is home to more than 300 known shipwrecks, including the infamous Edmund Fitzgerald. Whitefish Point features the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum for visitors to enrich their knowledge of maritime history on Lake Superior.
Shipwrecks on Lake Superior
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has something for everyone. Kayak along the multicolored cliffs or discover lesser-known waterfalls as you take in all that Lake Superior has to offer.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Things to Do at Isle Royale National Park: The Ultimate Pure Michigan Guide
Isle Royale National Parkt sits in the middle of Lake Superior, just a few miles off of the Upper Peninsula. Pack your backpack, lace up your hiking boots, and set out on an unforgettable journey. 
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