Lake Superior Water Trail

Duluth, Minnesota

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There are plans in the works for a water trail around the whole of Lake Superior, and currently two sections are in existence: the Minnesota trail and the Keewenaw waterway in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Over the last fifteen years, the Minnesota shoreline has seen a huge increase in tourism and associated development, making it difficult for paddlers to tour there. Fortunately the water trail provides access and camping spots so that kayakers can continue to enjoy the great scenery. Although the water trail campsites are not numerous, they are still lightly used compared with other campgrounds along the shore, and they offer a rare opportunity to enjoy the view in relative solitude. Currently about 20 miles of the trail have campsites and rest areas for kayakers. This route runs from Gooseberry to Tettegouche State Park and includes excellent views of Split Rock Lighthouse, Shovel Point, and Palisade Head, where there are several sea caves and rock arches. Short hikes on the shoreline’s numerous trails lead to waterfalls on the Gooseberry, Split Rock, and Baptism Rivers.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond (The Globe Pequot Press)

There are plans in the works for a water trail around the whole of Lake Superior, and currently two sections are in existence: the Minnesota trail and the Keewenaw waterway in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Over the last fifteen years, the Minnesota shoreline has seen a huge increase in tourism and associated development, making it difficult for paddlers to tour there.

Fortunately the water trail provides access and camping spots so that kayakers can continue to enjoy the great scenery. Although the water trail campsites are not numerous, they are still lightly used compared with other campgrounds along the shore, and they offer a rare opportunity to enjoy the view in relative solitude. Currently about 20 miles of the trail have campsites and rest areas for kayakers. This route runs from Gooseberry to Tettegouche State Park and includes excellent views of Split Rock Lighthouse, Shovel Point, and Palisade Head, where there are several sea caves and rock arches. Short hikes on the shoreline’s numerous trails lead to waterfalls on the Gooseberry, Split Rock, and Baptism Rivers.

©  Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Duluth
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Half-day to two-day trip
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Contacts: Minnesota DNR 1-800-657-3929
Local Maps: USGS topographic map Two Harbors (47087-A1)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Superior Water Trail

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