Lake Superior Travel Guide

Updates & Road Construction

During the year we learn of things that have changed in the printed edition of the Lake Superior Travel Guide. We post the changes here as we learn about them. If you encounter information that is different from our reports in the guide, we’d appreciate hearing from you. Use our Reader Field Report page to send us your change. Thank you.

Updates

In Duluth-Superior

Clarification: The ore carrier SS William A. Irvin, a floating ore boat museum permanently berthed beside the DECC, transforms in October into “The Haunted Ship,” a ghostly tour filled with scares that will delight those who get a kick out of bumps in the night. (page 29)

In Minnesota

The Beaver Bay, Minnesota, shop called Town Hall Square, in the Beaver Bay Town Hall, closed March 1. (page 52)

In Ontario

Clarification: In Terrace Bay, Drifters Motel & Restaurant is the new name for the former Drifters Restaurant & Imperial Motel. (page 79)

In Dorion, the Canyon Country Store is no longer open. (page 76)

The Township of Red Rock opened the new Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre on May 16. The centre hosts nine interactive exhibits about the historical, biological and geological aspects unique to Red Rock and the area. The largest permanent exhibit showcases the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area through a four-seat, animated submarine ride. The centre tells the story of Red Rock from the beginning of the community to today, including the significance of the mill and prisoner-of-war camp. Red Rock was built as a mill town and has seen many changes as it transitions to a destination for scenery and outdoor activities on Lake Superior. Visitors can explore the boardwalk with its viewing scopes and use the splash pad. Open seasonally, May 15 to September 30, with fees.

Michigan

Update: In Marquette, Marquette Harbor Cruises is leaving Marquette and moving to Mackinaw City, Michigan, in a joint venture with Arnold Transit Co., a ferry service to Mackinac Island. (page 103)

Wisconsin

In Port Wing, Port Wing Pottery is closed. (page 137)

In Cornucopia, there are two marinas, the Town of Bell Marina and the Siskiwit Bay Marina. At the Bell Marina, Good Earth Outfitters offers Apostle Islands and Mainland Sea Caves boat tours, which depart from its gift shop (the former Good Earth Shop) on the boardwalk. Sea Cave boat tours are available up to four times daily and last about one hour and 30 minutes. The business also offers trips to Sand Island that include Sand Island Lighthouse and Sand Island sea caves. Good Earth Outfitters, whose season is May 1 to mid-October, also has kayaking and camping supplies, and its gift shop sells souvenirs, apparel and artisan gifts. (page 137)

Construction

One perennial Lake Superior-region joke is that around here, we have two seasons: Winter and Road Construction.

This summer is no exception with multiple construction projects large and small under way, but road work won’t dampen your fun if you know what’s coming, research alternative routes and bring along a little patience – and some good traveling music – to pass time happily through unavoidable slowdowns in traffic.

It’s also good to remember: road work delays today mean fewer axle-eating obstructions in the future.

This doesn’t mean you need to change travel plans, but there are information sites to help you plan. Allow extra travel time to ease anxiety. In construction zones, slow down and watch for workers.

If you dial 511 while in either Minnesota or Wisconsin, you will get road conditions for that state. Otherwise, here are websites, updated in summer, to help see what’s on the road ahead:

  • For Minnesota, you can get the latest statewide traffic information at www.511mn.org.
  • For Ontario, you’ll find an interactive map at the website www.mto.gov.on.ca. Click on the map to see road construction, planned roadwork, road conditions, incidents and closures. Or call 800-268-4686.
  • For Wisconsin, go online to www.dot.wisconsin.gov. Or use www.511wi.gov, or call 511.
  • For Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/mdot and click on Major Projects Under Construction. Or you can try www.michigan.gov/drive to see construction, lane closures and restrictions for specific areas. You can also call 517-373-2160.

One of the main distractions and frustrations during summer road trips can be unexpected delays from road construction projects.

Given the short construction season around Lake Superior, we all know these projects are condensed into the same months as major tourist traffic. A great way to reduce the up-to-date information as possible about highway construction in the area(s) up ahead.

Thanks to Internet services from the three states and province around Lake Superior, this task is much simpler.

We suggest checking the following websites as your date of departure approaches to get the latest information.

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