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LAKE SUPERIOR

The backer of an underwater hotel in Lake Superior has been accused of bilking a widow with the promise of gold bars in a cave if he could just get enough money to hire a geologist to retrieve them.
A 23-inch walleye on Superior Bay made the bucket list for ice-fishing guru Dave Genz.
Invading parasite decimated fish populations until a chemical poison was developed to kill their larvae.
November provides a powerful contrast between relatively warm water on the lake and very cold air coming out of the north.

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The remote national park in the middle of Lake Superior is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Unsurprisingly, it's the least visited national park in the lower 48 states, but visitors spend a long time on the island once they get there.
Lake Superior holds an astonishing 10% of the entire planet's freshwater. It's known worldwide for its purity.
Picking a date on the calendar in hopes of navigating Lake Superior in a 20-foot boat is a roll of the dice, to be sure, but we couldn’t have asked for better conditions as we headed for the massive island that was visible on the hazy horizon.
We reach the halfway mark on our 20-site tour of Minnesota's state parks with a visit to a geographical anomaly, and a site of centuries-old history, in mostly flat Aitkin County. Savanna Portage State Park is home to remote lakes, an excellent campground, and miles of hilly hiking trails, one of which was in use hundreds of years ago.
Business, and fishing, are booming as the outdoor recreation splurge continues.
Lake trout and a big king salmon round out a morning's catch on Lake Superior.

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Destination No. 7 on our 20-site tour of Minnesota's state parks offers history and hiking at the extreme northeast edge of the state. Grand Portage State Park is relatively new, but this site has drawn visitors for literally centuries, at the place where Minnesota and Canada meet, and native cultures met European explorers for the first time.
Stocked “wild" steelhead are starting to show up in streams near Duluth.
There have been about 350 shipwrecks on Lake Superior. The Francis J. Widlar was not one of them.

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