Tips for Vacationing on Lake Superior
Known as the greatest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior is popular to all types of visitors. The lake is known to contain 10% of the world’s surface fresh water. If you are planning a family vacation to the lake here are some hassle free tips to maximize your enjoyment and convenience.
Check the Shipping Roster
The last thing you want to be in when visiting Lake Superior is to get stuck in a sea of humanity or in this case boats. Do check the shipping news at the Maritime Museum for the schedule of incoming vessels. Some of these ships are 600 to a thousand feet long and can fill up to three football fields. Best to go when there are small boats (<600 feet) so as not to be stressed out by the traffic on the lake.
Lunch and Some Rocks
Want to avoid those hunger meltdowns and tantrums during day hikes? Pack a lunch sandwich for everyone in the family and throw rocks at the lake. There is nothing like the whoosh of a handful of pebbles as it lands on the water. Keep the kids busy so you won’t earn their ire if they get bored or hungry.
Stay at the State Park and Forest Campgrounds
If you are on a shoestring budget, you can camp at any of the 8 state park campgrounds located on the North Shore. In the event that they have reached capacity, check out also some of the lesser-known camping areas, as they are normally quieter. Be prepared and bring some wet wipes along, as chances are they do not have shower and toilet amenities. Camping can be a lot of fun, especially cooking out while camping. Try these great camping recipes courtesy of A Day in Motherhood.
When to Travel
If you want to avoid the crowds, travel in the middle of the week and avoid Friday and Sunday nights, as they are normally traffic-laden especially during the peak summer vacation. If camping is your thing, shoot for late June up to the first couple of weeks of September prior to the weather becoming too unbearably cold. Escape the sweltering heat by visiting the lake in July and August. September is the time where you can witness the famous hawk migration and the dazzling fall colors that peak around the 3rd week.
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Thanks goes to Loon Lodge on Lake Superior for supplying these great tips on vacationing on their lake. Loon Lodge has a great rental cabins near Lutsen Minnesota on Lake Superior. Another great place to take the family when vacationing up on the lakes. We highly recommend checking them out. You won’t be disappointed!