As the largest freshwater lake systems, the Great Lakes attract thousands of boating enthusiasts worldwide. The lakes have something to offer for any kind of boater, whether a newbie or a seasoned sailor. The lakes are not just known for their waters, but it’s a combination of breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife, and historical sites.
A seasoned sailor can stay for months navigating the Great Lakes as it’s connected. There are many waterways and canal that boaters used to cross the lakes. Many passed through the Erie Canal and Saint Lawrence Seaway as a passageway between the lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. It doesn’t have great marina but one can easily find a good dock strategically spaced along the coastline of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Another way to reach Lake Huron is through the Soo Locks.
First discovered by Brûlé in the north, the lake was named after the French word “lac supérieur” meaning upper lake. Lake Superior stands not just as the largest of all the Great Lakes but also the largest freshwater lake in the world. It the northernmost of all the Great Lakes and has the shortest boating season and is always cold to swim.
Most boaters seek adventure in Lake Superior’s waters as it offers a vast playground and many water activities topped with great sceneries. The northern area of the lake offers natural beauty and popular destination for power boaters and sportsmen. Lined with great national parks, Lake Superior never disappoints with its stark and beautiful sceneries. Stop at the Painted Rocks National Lakeshore to see a collection of steep sandstone cliffs, illuminated by Turquoise waters splattered with swaths of orange, red, and colors. This makes it even more popular for both hikers and mountain climber enthusiasts.
Another great destination, the Isle Royale National Park is a great biological community that helps with thriving the wolf and moose population in the area without interference by man. Lake Superior also hides many shipwrecks dating back as far as the early 1800s. Because of the water temperature, the lake magnificently preserves these shipwrecks.
When traversing Lake Superior waters always keep a sharp eye for wildlife. Whether onboard a boat or on the road, at any given time, it’s common to see wolves, deer, moose, fox, and some rare sightings of a lynx. Of course, one cannot sail on Lake Superior’s water without reeling in a great catch of fish.
Fishing in Lake Superior is so good that anglers often flock the area every year as soon as its boating season. Lake Superior is home to a variety of fish, anglers from around the country and its borders, spent the season reeling in walleye, muskellunge, large and smallmouth lake trout, and northern pike. However, keep in mind that there are limits to the number of fish that can be reeled in.