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There’s a reason this Great Lake garnered the name it did. Lake Superior is the largest of all the North American Great Lakes thus superior to all its lake siblings. It also holds the gold medal for world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area and the bronze medal for the largest freshwater lake by volume. Choosing to book an RV near Lake Superior, MN will leave you with plenty of water to wade, though you might want some floaties.

Lake Superior stretches far and wide, touching areas of Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. In fact, the lake has a whopping 31,700 square miles, which is about the size of Austria, and a maximum depth of 1,333 feet. Lake Superior has served as an important natural element for Native Americans, acts as a vital waterway link for goods and supplies, and now serves as a destination for the general public. Camping at Lake Superior leaves you with a variety of travel options to enjoy your lakeside retreat.

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Often referred to as a miniature freshwater ocean, you cannot see the other side of the lake from the Wisconsin shoreline. While you can technically find swimming spots along the shore, it is recommended to proceed with caution and be sure that you are an experienced and strong swimmer. The tides are nothing like that of an ocean but can still rise and fall by as much as a foot with the addition of currents. Aside from this factor, the water is also notably chilly, only reaching 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the warmest of the summer months. But, if you’re up for the challenge and don’t mind the cold, the water is very clear and otherwise in great health for a dip.

From the shoreline, sunbathing is an easy and relaxing option for those who want to safely take in the scenery while keeping their body temperature on the warmer side. The beachy areas are backed by heavily forested land. You might notice everything here has been left natural; there are no houses or farms making for a peaceful RV rental camping experience.

Fishing is another popular activity that can be done from the shore or out on the water if you happen to have access to a boat. The species variety is aplenty within Lake Superior (78 species recorded) with options such as salmon, carp, trout, whitefish, bass, perch, and pike. Check about any licensing needs or catch and release rules before reeling your line in and thinking you’ve caught dinner.

With as much forest as there is, you can find ample hiking opportunities and State Parks sprinkled around. For example, both Cascade River State Park in Minneapolis and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin touch upon Lake Superior. Along the trails, you can find many natural wonders like caves and waterfalls as well as historical items like old campsites and lighthouses.

Camping at Lake Superior means you will likely have to stick to one area unless you have a whole trip planned for various point around it. You can find plenty to keep you occupied no matter where you set up camp.

Camping at Lake Superior

With how much ground Lake Superior covers, it’s no surprise that you’ll have quite an easy time finding a place to park your camper rental for the night. All you really have to do is decide which state you’d like to experience Lake Superior in. Seems crazy to have the pick of four states to visit the same lake, but seriously the choice is yours.

Wisconsin and Minnesota have the most options of the four with only a handful of campsites in Ontario and Michigan. You’ll be able to stay lakeside, with views of the lake, or tucked away in the woods. The campsites all offer a variety of amenities depending on the Lake Superior camping venture you foresaw in your mind. Primitive sites with little to offer but what you bring and full-blown campgrounds with restrooms, showers, WiFi, and more are both available.

Exploring the Area

Well, there sure is plenty of areas to explore. The twin port cities of Duluth and Superior, known as the Twin Ports, often draw a nice crowd. Though in different states, they’re a short 10-minute drive from each other. Whether you hit them both in a day or take a day to wander each, you’re sure to find something to intrigue the whole family. With zoos, museums, a ski resort, and plenty of delicious dining options, the Twin Ports are a great area along Lake Superior to take a gander.

If you’ve decided to stay on the Ontario side of the lake, Thunder Bay sits right along the water. The area boasts a handful of historic areas, a ski area, and a botanical garden. This is a very scenic city, perfect for photographers.

Of course, these aren’t your only options. There are a plethora of cities and towns that all sit within a reasonable driving distance of Lake Superior. Whether traveling with the family, with friends, or solo, you can find a place that speaks to you. Lake Superior is really that big so you might need to book another RV rental back here.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

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  • Elys Peak Trail, MNJay Cooke State Park, MN
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