» lake superior provincial park
Lake Superior Provincial Park sits on the eastern shore of Lake Superior in Ontario, about an hour north of Sault Ste. Marie. It's where the Canadian Shield meets the lake so the shoreline is rough and rocky. This leads to all sorts of interesting coves, cliffs, beaches, and islands.

When waves splash over the rocks, water collects in pools. The high pools can get a bit stagnant because they are only refreshed with water during a big storm but others can make nice swimming pools with water that is a bit warmer than the Lake. At this time, however, Lake Superior was perfectly comfortable to swim in.

The view of Lake Superior and the mouth of the Baldhead River as seen from the Orphan Lake Trail.

Lichen on a rock along Old Woman Bay.

Megan walking along Awaga Rock to check out the ancient pictographs. Note the ropes hanging into the lake to help you climb out should you fall in. There was no danger on this day, but a sign said that people have died here.

Megan on an island south of Katherine Cove.

The view southwest from the first viewpoint on the Awausee Trail.

Orphan Lake sits in a rock bowl hundreds of feet above Lake Superior (which can be seen along the distant horizon).

Megan (barely visible) reading a book on a small island.

Megan above a pool, on an island, in a lake.

Some small sand dunes.

Near the pictographs.

Looking south from the Orphan Lake Trail.

The Baldhead River emptying into Lake Superior.

A very flat island.

Agawa Bay as seen from a scenic viewpoint.

Katherine Cove.

Looking down on the lake from Orphan Lake Trail.

Left: Alona Bay. Right: A bit further north.

Do NOT try to vist this park without seeing the pictographs. If a park ranger sees you they will ask you if you have seen the pictographs and if you say no they will shoot you.


Swimming in a pool.

» maki lake

Cabins perched on cliffs around Maki Lake.

Inspiration for Pac-Man.

» aubrey falls
Aubrey Falls isn't near Lake Superior Provincial Park. It's not near anywhere. In fact, I think this is the furthest into the middle of nowhere that I have ever driven.

The view from the official viewpoint.

The view from just below the official viewpoint.

The view form the other side.

Birch trees on the way to the falls.

You can see me standing on the cliff to the left of the falls (Photo by Megan).

» mackinac straits
I generally can't drive past the bridge without stopping for a few photos.

The Mackinac Bridge at sunrise.

» all photo reports from michigan's upper peninsula

Thinking about traveling to Pictured Rocks yourself? You might want to read my guide to Pictured Rocks.

Ice Climbing, Michigan
March 4 - 5, 2011
Ice Climbing at Pictured Rocks with a side trip to Miners Castle.
Ice Climbing, Michigan
March 4 - 5, 2010
Ice climbing in the Sand Point area of Pictured Rocks.
The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
October 2 - 11, 2009
Enjoying fall in the Upper Peninsula from Pictured Rocks to the Porcupine Mountains to the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
October 3, 2009
Spending a short day on the island and enjoying the views, even without the influence of fudge.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 7 - 9, 2008
Skiing & snowshoeing in the Miners Castle & Grand Sable Dunes areas. We also checked out the ice in Grand Marais & Mackinac Straits.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 17, 2007
Hiking along the ice shelf from Twelvemile Beach to Spray Falls.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
January 27, 2007
Skiing & hiking the Chapel Loop in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a stormy day.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 2 - 4, 2006
Ice climbing and skiing in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
January 7, 2006
A backcountry ski trip to the remote lakeshore cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
July 3 - 4, 2005
Hiking in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and checking out some of the other sights in the area.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
February 25 - 26, 2011
Backpacking the Chapel Loop in winter, with a side trip to Spray Falls.
Bare Bluff, Michigan
October 8, 2009
A fall hike to Bare Bluff, one of the more scenic areas of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
October 4 - 11, 2009
Some stormy fall weather along the Pictured Rocks lakeshore.
Ice Climbing, Michigan
February 25 - 27, 2009
Ice climbing in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
August 30 - September 2, 2007
Back to the Great Lakes with a rare summer visit to Pictured Rocks to see what it all looks like when it's green.
Mackinac Straits & Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 16 - 18, 2007
Skiing to Miners Castle, lingering in the Straits of Mackinac, and some other stuff.
Pictured Rocks in Fall, Michigan
October 7, 2006
Hiking the Chapel Loop & checking out other sights like Spray Falls, Miners Castle, Miners Beach, Munising Falls, Grand Sable Dunes, etc.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
February 19 - 20, 2006
Skiing & snowshoeing the Pictured Rocks backcountry. Areas visited include: Miners Castle, Miners Beach, Twelvemile Beach, and Spray Falls.
The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
December 26 - 28, 2005
Winter pictures from Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.