Check into an I-68 on the US Customs
site. Take some time to get things ready before you leave and when you pass through the Soo, go to the US side at the bridge and get the I68's for each member
of the crew. This allows ease of getting back into the US. We lived on Lake Superior
for ten years and getting around that lake is potentially harder, much harder, than doing ocean crossings. So having an I68 allows you to come back to the US , to any port, with nothing more than a phone
Watch out for fouling anchor
situations in all anchorages
(lots of old sunken logs
everywhere on that lake). Accept for the Apostles, which you will not believe how crowded and how little people know the rules of the water or how to sail their chartered boat), that whole lake is a real reward to the few that sail her each year.
Places I really like- (I am in the Bahamas
right now and have none of my charts
so spellings may be wrong).
On the South side, Copper Harbor (Anchor or dock), Lac La Belle (anchor only), Portage Canal, Huron Bay, Grand Marais, Michigan (If it isn't silted over), Marquette (Cinder Pond Marina is very nice, quiet and easy access to great bike path, city and park).
Northwest including Isle Royal-
Grand Marais, Minnesota
, Spar Island, which in my estimation has the coldest water on Lake Superior
and can get crowded on some weekends (between Grand Portage and Pie Island), Thunder Bay-mostly nice boaters at the marina, easy access to a great Italian grocery store and Fort Williams is a great day trip. Across from Thunder Bay is Sawyer Bay-warm water, nice hikes, pretty. Lots of people like Silver Isle- nothing too exciting for me- so we always scooted on to the Loon Harbor area. Take some time to investigate that whole area (10 mile radius)- lots of nice anchorages
. If the wild rice is in season fun to cook or fry) After that you can't go wrong with anything between there and Rossport. The Slate Islands are very interesting, I preferred an unnamed narrow harbor on the SE side of the island. Drop an anchor and run a stern line ashore. Only problem will be with a strong SE wind
. By the way- seeing a caribou on the Slates is like finding hens teeth.
Isle Royale- I would find a way to leave the dog behind, just to stay there. As far back as you can go into the SW corner of Chippewa Harbor is the best. You will usually have the place to your self. Moskey Basin, Daisy Farm and Tobin Harbor all offer nice docks and great hikes. Duncan Bay, Belle Isle and the little bay 1/2 mile north of the dock
in Mc Cargoe Cove are all not to be missed. Anchoring
in the Harbor at Passage
Island is also a very good place. The rest of the anchorages and docks at Isle Royal are all very worthwhile, but since you only have a summer!
The Provincial Park on the NE side of Lake Superior is beautiful, but best only in late July and August due to weather
. Few places to hide.
Superior Way is a good reference guide as long as you really watch your step- several places in her old book weren't as described. Some of the boaters in Thunder Bay believe she hasn't been to everywhere in here book. The Great Lakes Cruising Club
is a great reference.
Waves tend to be 4-5 seconds apart and I have seen 17 foot waves. Respect her and forget about the "Gotta leave today" feelings, and this just might be the greatest sailing experience you have had to date. Don't forget the BUG DOPE!