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Lake Superior Information

About Lake Superior

With a name like Lake Superior, you’d think it had a leg up on other lakes. Well, you’d be right. Lake Superior is, in fact, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Its surface area is 31,700 square miles, and it contains more water than all the other Great Lakes combined. Its visibility is 27 feet, making it the cleanest and clearest of the Great Lakes. Its vast, open waters make this lake feel much like an ocean, and draws visitors to its shores year-round. Explore waterfront cities, underwater shipwrecks, and a National Park on your next vacation.

Things to do in Lake Superior

If you’re heading out to Lake Superior in the summer, you’ll certainly want to explore the lake itself. Bring a boat or rent one from a local marina and scoot around the water at your leisure. If you can, try to visit Isle Royale. It’s technically, located in Michigan, but this National Park is quite close to the Canadian border. The island is a National Park and preserves more than 130,000 square acres of land. It’s made up of one large island and over 450 smaller islands, and is a designated International Biosphere Reserve. You’ll discover 40 different mammal species including wolves, eagles, and ospreys. Take a kayak or canoe out and explore this beautiful park located in the largest freshwater lake in the world; you won’t regret it.

Scuba divers from all over the world head to Lake Superior because of its clear, clean water. Rent equipment from Lake Superior Divers Supply and School in Duluth, Minnesota, Capital City SCUBA in Lansing, Michigan, or even take a guided underwater tour of shipwrecks with Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours. You’re bound to see some neat stuff while you’re exploring the clear, blue waters of Lake Superior.

Day Trips from Lake Superior

Thunder Bay is one of the best cities to visit, and it’s right on the north shore of the Lake Superior waterfront. Enjoy a day full of free activities in the winter like skating on the ice rink, sipping on hot chocolate and much more at the city’s Winter Fundays. When the weather heats up, live music on the waterfront happens every Wednesday. Make a stop at the Baggage Building Arts Centre where you can try your hand at making pottery, take a comic drawing class, or check out the current art exhibits. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail at Madhouse; their dining and bar area have a great view of the lake.

Duluth, Minnesota is located on the westernmost point of Lake Superior and offers visitors some fun options. To start, walk across the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, the oldest structural landmark in the city. It connects the main part of Duluth with the Minnesota Point a five-mile long sandbar. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operates 24 hours a day. Cross the bridge and get to the sandbar and you’ll be able to explore Canal Park. Boasting many quaint retail shops, dining options, and a lighthouse, Canal Park is not to be missed. Take the kids to an indoor rock climbing gym for a little exercise or to Adventure Zone, which features mini golf, bowling, and arcade, and laser tag. For the grown ups, the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center will provide a little background on the history of Duluth as a port city.

Lake Superior Accommodations

Let help you decide on a vacation rental; there are over 1,000 options waiting for you! Choose a rental in Thunder Bay and stay along the waterfront to be within walking distance to some great entertainment and activities. Rent a room in Duluth and stay in a replica of an old lighthouse. Or, if none of these options are for you, check out the other rentals in the Lake Superior area on and find the perfect fit for you.

Transportation in Lake Superior

Fly into one of many airports to reach Lake Superior. Choose from Sault Ste. Marie International Airport in Ontario, Chippewa County International Airport in Michigan, or many of the regional airports dotting the expansive shoreline of Lake Superior. A rental car is recommended, as it is the most efficient mode of transportation to cities around the lake.

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Vacation Rentals in Lake Superior

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Lake Superior offers 410 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Lake Superior start at an average price of $180 a night with long-term rentals averaging $25 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 334 of Lake Superior’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 56 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 324 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 175 pet-friendly rentals in Lake Superior that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

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