Lake Superior

Exploring Lake Superior ice by camera
January 21, 2018 by Andrew Slade

Exploring Lake Superior ice by camera

In winter it's easy to capture dramatic photos on any Lake Superior beach. You'll find lots of opportunities along Highway 61 for your own North Shore icy shoreline experience. … read more


Duluth’s Lakewalk: Bike to Brighton Beach
June 22, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Duluth’s Lakewalk: Bike to Brighton Beach

From the heart of Canal Park, a paved bicycle path leads 7 miles along the North Shore, through Duluth's eastern neighborhoods, ending up at lovely Brighton Beach. Get out and enjoy! … read more


Get picking: it’s blueberry season
August 12, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Get picking: it’s blueberry season

As reports came in of wild blueberries all over the Gunflint Trail and the North Shore, I stayed home waiting for news from somewhere else...the South Shore. This weekend, we went to Blue Vista Farm in Bayfield and picked about two gallons of big, beautiful blueberries. … read more


Choose Korkki Nordic for your best ski of the year
March 7, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Choose Korkki Nordic for your best ski of the year

One of my favorite all-time North Shore ski trails is Korkki Nordic, up in the ridgeline above the shore between Duluth and Two Harbors. Sally and I played hooky today and took a few laps on this terrific woodland trail. That was the first good choice of the day. Korkki is a truly classic trail. It's narrow and winding and is groomed for classic skiing only. Because so much of the trail is in deep forest, more snow is required to open it safely. Last year, the trail might have been open only two weekends. This year, it's been open … read more


Beachcombing after the flood
June 25, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Beachcombing after the flood

The great flood of June 2012 is still receding, and we are just now grasping the full scale of its impact. While most of the attention is rightfully on the washed out roads and thousands of moldy wet basements, the trails enjoyed by North Shore hikers, bikers and nature enthusiasts have also suffered greatly. More details to come in a future post.Five days now after the rains, the first big chunks of debris have arrived on the Park Point beach here in Duluth. It's a tragic treasure hunt, sorting through all this stuff that was, until very recently, someone's backyard … read more


North Shore factoids right from the source
June 1, 2011 by Andrew Slade

North Shore factoids right from the source

 Our own North Shore is the center of the universe right now for large lake researchers from around the world. Duluth's harborfront convention center is full of tweedy science types from across the U.S. and Canada, plus China, Africa, Russia and more. It's the annual conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research.  What's in it for fans of the North Shore? Some fascinating tidbits, to be sure. I attend a press conference and checked out the conference yesterday as a member of the media (and the only blogger, I believe).  Among the hundreds of presentations and posters, I'm finding a … read more


What’s your North Shore neighborhood?
May 10, 2011 by Andrew Slade

What’s your North Shore neighborhood?

It's spring on the North Shore, and we're headed outdoors for fun and relaxation, not just to shovel snow. After months of being closed up inside, we are exploring our neighborhoods again, and reconnecting with our neighbors...beyond the neighborly niceties of clearing sidewalks and starting cars.My family is lucky enough to have a Duluth city park and Lake Superior in our backyard. We have neighbors we really only know from seeing them on the lake shore, walking on the beach. With the first decent days of beach walking, we are excited to see each other and catch up on a … read more


Etienne Brule, Superior’s wild man
December 17, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Etienne Brule, Superior’s wild man

For a short biography of the man who "discovered" Lake Superior, check out this link from a Canadian historian. We mostly know Etienne Brule from the lovely rivers named after him: the Brule River in Judge Magney State Park (which disappears into the Devil's Kettle), and the Brule River east of Superior, where there is great canoeing, trout fishing, and a lovely state forest with cross country ski trails. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="638"] Explorer Etienne Brule's routes through the U.S. and Canada in the early 1600s.[/caption] Brule's journey to Lake Superior led all over the eastern seaboard, including the Ohio and Potomac … read more


Taking one for the team
December 13, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Taking one for the team

All of you snow lovers to the south of Duluth enjoying your winter bonanza, let me just say on behalf of all of us in frigid, low-snow Duluth: "You're welcome." See, it takes two ingredients to make a good snowfall, and we provided one of them. Without our help, it would have been a rainy day in Minneapolis, not the blizzard of the decade. Snowfall takes two things: moisture and cold. The moisture comes courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico, or if you're in the South Shore lake effect zone courtesy of Lake Superior. The cold comes from the Arctic. … read more