I’ve noticed an uptick in sales for Ride Lake Superior lately. That’s a good thing, and not just for my checking account. It means that more people are thinking of exploring the wonders around the curving shores of Gitchee Gumee.
A trip around the lake has so much to offer — incredible scenery, interesting riding, great food, lots of history. Lighthouses dot the coastline along the southern shore. You could spend your entire road trip just climbing lighthouses!
Going around the lake counterclockwise beginning in Wisconsin, there are lights at Wisconsin Point near Superior, Chequamegon, La Pointe and Ashland — not to mention several lights scattered among the Apostle Islands. On Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula alone, there are 17 lighthouses!
The light at Whitefish Point, Michigan, is particularly interesting because it houses the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, which catalogs 550 known shipwrecks that have occurred in Lake Superior. From the first in 1816, to the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, the museum depicts the dangers of traveling on Lake Superior. There are artifacts from several wrecks, but the “Fitz’s” large brass bell is a major attraction.
A ride along Lake Superior isn’t complete without a lighthouse tour. If you’re in Michigan, I recommend Whitefish Point. If you’re in Minnesota, iconic Split Rock Lighthouse gives you an in-depth look at the life of a lighthouse keeper as well as spectacular views of Lake Superior.
Go on! Ride Lake Superior this summer!