Lake Superior Water Trail

Duluth, Minnesota 55801

Lake Superior Water Trail

Lake Superior Water Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Half-day to two-day trip
Spring to fall, weather permitting
Minnesota DNR 1-800-657-3929
Local Contacts
USGS topographic map Two Harbors (47087-A1)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018