Lake Superior Protected Areas

In Canada
Lake Superior is a blue beauty from this overlook at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario
On the southern tip of the rugged peninsula near Thunder Bay lies the legendary Sleeping Giant. Venture into its boreal forests to experience the backcountry, or follow its trails to the top of the giant for unbeatable views of Lake Superior.

Look for deer, moose and other large mammals in the park’s vast forests and lowlands. Whether you are hiking along lush green paths or gliding over snowy trails, the beauty of this park will leave you spellbound.
Lake Superior's north shore at Pukaskwa National Park in Canada.
Pukaskwa National Park

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Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario
Pukaskwa National Park's exceptional beauty is revealed in its vistas of Lake Superior and in the rugged, ancient landscape of the Canadian Shield and northern forest. The spirit of the wilderness envelopes those who explore this special place.

The only wilderness national park in Ontario, Pukaskwa was established in 1983 to protect 1878 square km of an ecosystem that features boreal forest and Lake Superior shoreline.
The rugged rocky coast at Lake Superior Provincial Park in Ontario.
Lake Superior Provincial Park

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Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario
From Lake Superior’s rugged coast, this park moves inland over mist-shrouded hills and deep canyons that inspired Canada’s Group of Seven artists. The Coastal Trail and part of Highway 17 hug Lake Superior’s rugged, rocky coast through this park, offering spectacular, unimpeded views of the legendary moody blue waters.

Along the park’s eastern border the Algoma Central Railway snakes through Agawa Canyon. Don’t miss the pictographs at Agawa Rock.
In the United States
Miners Castle rises 90 feet above Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound. The Lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes.

The rocky shore at Isle Royale National Park is on the way to Scoville Point.
Isle Royale National Park

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Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
Isle Royale’s physical isolation and primitive wilderness challenged human use for centuries; ironically today it has become the Island’s main attraction. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, visitors come to experience this island park through hiking its trails, paddling its inland waterways, exploring its rugged coast, or venturing into the depth of its shipwrecks.

The beautiful Lake of the Clouds is surrounded by towering hills with lush green northwoods vegetation. 
Porcupines Mountains Wilderness State Park

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan
As Michigan's largest state park, the 60,000 acres of the Porcupines Mountains comprise one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest. Towering virgin timber, secluded lakes, and miles of wild rivers and streams make a visit to the "Porkies" a trip to remember.

Sandy yet rocky beach along Ironwood Island at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.

Split Rock Lighthouse is perched in a cliff high above Lake Superior.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota
Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station was soon one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.

A wood sailboat - called a Mackinaw - approaches a dock at Grand Portage on Lake Superior.
Grand Portage National Monument

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Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota
Travel into the past to discover the present. Explore the history of Ojibwe people and the North West Company of the North American fur trade. Follow pathways into a distant time. Take in the sights and smells of a bustling depot reconstructed over its original footprint. Listen for the echo of the drum over Grand Portage Bay.


Last updated: March 27, 2018

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