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 Itinerary & Lodging

Lake Superior Circle Tour

I make no gaurantee that the information posted here is accurate and it is the responsibility of those going on the tour to confirm all infomration, but to our knowledge, at least as of about 2009, this information was at the very least generally applicable.  If you have any infomration about erros, or corrections and additions please send them to webmaster@wolfsheadrally.com

The Tour starts and ends at the Spirit Mountain Country Inn, Proctor Minnesota, near the top of Spirit Mountain, which overlooks Duluth Minnesota and Lake Superior.    Their telephone number is (218) 628-0668.

The Spirit Mountain Campground is only a few blocks from the Country Inn & Suites:
http://www.spiritmt.com/campground.aspx

Mileages are approximate as side trips, sightseeing and even maybe, but hopefully not, getting off route without intent, can add miles.  There should be no time during the tour that you are rushed.  Plenty of time to see the sights, smell the flowers, and chase down moose.  By the time you've completed the tour you should have traveled about 1,500 miles.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

If you plan on going on the tour please make your lodging reservations early.   Duluth is an incredible "Tourist Town" and motels and campgrounds fill up early for summer and fall bookings.

 

Passport simplification!!  They've now changed the rules so that you can use a passport, OR a passport card, Check out U.S. Customs for other combinations of documents that are now allowed.

Find your nearest passport office by clicking here.

Department of State - Passport Services Office

U.S. Customs

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Passport Card Site.

Buckle Lists

Day 1

- Spirit Mountain Duluth/Proctor Minnesota to Houghton Michigan ~ approx. 275 miles

We do suggest that no one rides individually, and that you at least have a riding partner.   Some of the areas you will be traversing are very, very remote.   There's no cell phone service on most of the Canadian portion of the route and it is important that you not ride alone.

Depart the Country Inn & Suites in Duluth/Proctor Minnesota. The first night's stop is Houghton MI.

  


Visit the Keweenaw Peninsula Convention & Visitors Bureau

Insurance

You are NOT REQUIRED to carry a special Insurance card for your Canadian coverage by Customs although you are required to have coverage at the levels required by your home state or above.

Please DO contact your insurance carrier to confirm that your insurance also covers you in Canada.  Almost all policies do, especially all the major companies, but it may be prudent to check to confirm coverage.

Directions:  Take Hwy 2/I-35 north into Duluth then stay on Hwy 2/Hwy 53 and cross the Blatnik Bridge.  Stay on Hwy 2/53 to the Hwy 13 exit.  You will pass through Port Wing, Herbster, Cornucopia, Bayfield, Pikes Bay and Washburn before meeting up with Hwy 2 at Ashland.   A nice side trip would be at Herbster to take Bark Point Road to the north to the tip of the peninsula.  Bayfield is known for its annual Apple Festival in October, but it also as well known as an artist’s colony.  There a quaint restaurants, antique stores and a beautiful view of the bay.

 Checkpoint 01 – about 83 miles -  Fish Lipp’s Restaurant – Cornucopia, WI - Turn right at South Shore Motel, go one block (715) 742-3378  -  Cornucopia WI is the home of Wisconsin’s northern most post office and is known for  Snowmobiling, ATV Trails, Lake Superior Fishing, Sailing, Hunting, Kayaking, Sightseeing, Lighthouses, The Apostle Islands.

 Checkpoint 02 – Holiday Station – Ashland, WI – At the intersection of Hwy. 2 & 13  (715)682-5581

Directions:  Leave Ashland on Hwy 2 to Wakefield, MI.  Turn left on Hwy 28.   Just out of Wakefield turn left at Cty Rd 519 through the “Porcupine Mountains”.  (Watch carefully as the sign is small and not long after Hwy 28, away from the lake in Wakefield) to Hwy 117 (S. Boundary Road, which will turn into Hwy 107 “Engineers Memorial Highway).  Follow Hwy 107/Hwy 64 to Ontonagon, MI. then checkpoint #03.

Scenic – Bessemer - Black River Nat'l Scenic Byway.  5 wonderful waterfalls along this short stretch, all have improved trails, some have a longer walk &/or more steps than others. End of the Road comes out at Black River Harbor on Lk Superior.  Copper Peak - Worlds Largest Ski Slide. Also on this Black River Byway.

Silver City/Bonanza Falls - 1 mi S on 64 fr Silver City. Silver mining area.   Porcupine Mountains State Park - Lake of the Clouds.   Rockland Museum - Many Historic items & info on US 45 in Rockland.   Old Victoria Restoration and Dam - Early mining village and Victoria Falls Dam.from US 45 in Rockland, 4 mi W on Victoria Road.

Checkpoint 03 – M64 Truck Stop – Ontonagon, MI.  1003 State Highway M64.  On Hwy 64 (906) 884-2896 

Directions:  Take Hwy 38 to Hwy 26 north at Moss City, then follow Hwy 26 into Houghton/Hancock MI and your last checkpoint of day 1.

Checkpoint 04 – Festival Foods – Houghton,  MI  Will be on your left  (906) 482-7500

Evening – Stay in Houton/Hancock, MI

Houghton/Hancock Campground 

Hancock Recreation Area - through Houghton over the Portage Bridge to M-203, follow this to the recreation area.   Mention Wolf's Head if you'd like to camp as a group.  To reserve call 906.482.7413.  Reservations prior to May 15th. 906-482-2720.

F. J. McLain State Park, eight miles north of Hancock on M203, 906-482-0278.   Website

Houghton/Hancock Motels/Hotels

Best Western Copper Crown 800 528-1234 Hancock, MI
The Grand View Chalet  248 634-6036 as of Dec. 30 phone disconnected.  Anyone know if they are still open? Hancock, MI
Ramada Inn 877 482-8400 Hancock, MI
Houghton Super 8 Motel 800 800-8000 Houghton, MI
Vacationland Motel  800 822-3279  Another one that may have closed or changed hands since our last check. Houghton, MI

If you have other questions about lodging, etc. call the
Keweenaw Tourism Council -- 800 338-7982

END DAY 1


DAY 2

- Houghton, MI to Wawa, Ontario ~ approx. 248 miles


Breakfast  –– Kaleva Café, Hwy 41 (234 Quincy Street) Hancock, MI. (906) 482-6001 Depart about 8:00 a.m.

Directions:  Take Hwy 41 from Houghton/Hancock to Phoenix, MI.  At Phoenix take Hwy 26 to Copper Harbor, MI.  From Copper Harbor take Hwy 41 to Lac La Belle, MI and the Lac La Belle Lodge. (watch carefully for signs)

Checkpoint 05 – Lac La Belle Lodge (11627 Superior Street), Lac La Belle MI (888) 294-7634 or (906) 289-4293

Directions:  From Lac La Belle Lodge take GayRoad/Lac La Belle Road through Gay, MI (check out the “Gay Bar”) then Gay Road/County Road S-652 to Valley Road/Traprock Vally Road/ Co. Rd. S-641 to 9th street in Lake Linden, MI.   Take Hwy 26 South/West to Houghton/Hancock., then Hwy 41 to L’anse, MI and the Biship Baraga Shrine just west of town.

Scenic – The ride to Copper Harbor is spectacular!  Be sure to check it out as it is not to be missed.  You can make up the time the rest of the day.
Suggested Must rides while Motorcycling the Keweenaw Peninsula:
     - 203 will take you along the canal to the town of Calumet. Very historic town.
     - Hwy 41 Ride through breathtaking forests and treed canopies. Winding road. 
     - Hwy 26 Fabulous views along Lake Superior on a winding road with tickle belly hills. Stop at one of
         the rest areas to catch a view that's hard to see while riding!
     - Brockway Mtn Drive takes you on a never-ending roller coaster ride to the top of an awesome
         overlook of Lake Superior and the surrounding area!! 
     - This no name road that brings you around Lac La Belle Lake and along the east side of the peninsula.
         It will take you through the almost ghost town of Gay, MI. Stop at the Gay bar and take a picture,
         historical area info. and Gay Bar memorabilia inside. 20 oz Lemonades $1.  Follows signs through
         Lake Linden/Hubbell back to the bridge. 

Checkpoint 06 – Bishop Barage Shrine – L’Anse, MI - 17572 Old Highway 41, L'Anse MI (906) 524-7021 or (906) 524-6485  Bishop Barage Shrine has great Pasties and ice cream.

Directions:  Follow Highway 41 to Hwy 28.  East on 28 through Ishpeming, then through Marquette, MI and on to Munising MI.

Checkpoint 07 – Sydney’s Restaurant, Munising, MI  M-28 East, on your right (906) 387-4067

Scenic – Alberta Village Museum - 7 mi S of L'Anse
 The saw mill and village that Henry Ford built
 There are Waterfalls at most of the rest areas along this stretch. 
 The Yoopers Tourist Trap - Take a quick tour since your stopped anyway. 

Evening – Stay in Munising, MI

 The second night of the tour we stop at Munising, Michigan. 

City of Munising Tourist Park - on M-28 about 2 miles before (West) you get to Munising. This camp ground is right on Lake Superior! Tent site is 13.00 a night and group site rate is 3.00 a head. Please mention Wolf's Head when reserving your spot. To reserve call (906) 387-3145 

3 1/2 mi east of Munising  Wandering Wheels Yogi Bear Campground, M-28 E, PO Box 419 Munising MI 49862   906-387-3315  (Telephone only answered after April 15th)  $18 no elec or $21 w/elec  Reg price of the no hookup is $27.00 Must mention Wolf's Head in order to receive the special price.  They also have camping cabins, showers,heated swimming pool,laundry,games(volleyball,badminton,horseshoes,big ball golf) small store,ect..

A picture rock boat tour is available in Munising.

Munising Motels/Hotels

Best Western Motel 906 387-4864 Munising, MI (east)
Comfort Inn Motel 906 387-5292 Munising, MI (east)
Days Inn Motel 906 387-2493 Munising, MI
Superior Motel 906 387-1600 Munising, MI
Village-Inn Cottage 906 387-5800 Munising, MI
Homestead Bed & Breakfast 906 387-2542 Munising, MI
Scotties Motel 906 387-2449 Munising, MI
Terrace Motel 906 387-2735 Munising, MI
Sunset Motel 906 387-4574 Munising, MI
Super 8 Motel 906 387-2466 Munising, MI (east)
Valley Spur Inn 906 387-2945 Munising, MI

END DAY 2


DAY 3

- Munising, MI to Wawa, Ontario ~ approx. 264 miles

  Weather in Canada:  http://www.weatheroffice.com

Breakfast will start at 7:00am at Sydney's Restaurant on M-28 East in Munising. We should be leaving by approximately 8:00am. 

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center, Sault Ste. Marie, just off US75 - http://www.bushplane.com

Breakfast Meeting – 7:00 a.m. Sydney’s Restaurant, Munising MI, Departing about 8:00 a.m.

Scenic – Whitefish Point – Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  The admission fee of $12/person is a bit steep but there is so very much to see here that even that should not keep you away, and your fee goes to help a great cause.  The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald, and countless artifacts, a lighthouse which was established by Congress in 1849 which is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake superior.  From Paradise follow Whitefish Point Road for 11 miles to the Whitefish Point Light Station.

Directions:  Take Hwy 28 to Hwy 123 which will take you to Paradise, MI. 

Checkpoint 08 – Paradise Mobil – Paradise, MI (906) 492-3351

Directions:  After Paradise then another 11 miles south on 123  to the Curly Lewis Memorial Highway Follow through Brimley MI where it will turn into West 6 Mile Road, turn left (north) on S. Mackinac Trail (Co. Rd. 63) which will take you to the I-75 Business Spur and you will see the Holiday Station on your right. 

Checkpoint 09 – Holiday Station, Sault Ste. Marie, MI (906) 632-4536, 3287 I-75 Business Spur.  It looks like a log cabin and will be on your right.

From there get on I-75 North about 1 mile to the border crossing.  Cross the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge into Ontario.  When you leave Canadian Customs turn right and follow the signs for Hwy 17 Nord/North, the Trans-Canada Highway.  Watch carefully for the Hwy 17 signs in Sault Ste. Marie as some may be hard to see.  Follow Hwy 17 to Montreal River Harbour ON and Look carefully for this one.  It is just past the Montreal River Harbour sign, look for the station on your right as you crest a hill. 

Scenic – Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center - http://www.bushplane.com

Checkpoint 10 – Northgate Service Center – Montreal River Harbour, ON (705) 882-2159 

Directions:  Follow Hwy 17 to Wawa Ontario. 

Checkpoint 11 – Young’s General Store – Wawa, ON (705) 856-2626

Evening – Stay in Wawa, ON. 

 

The third night of the tour we stop at Wawa, Ontario. 

Wawa RV Resort and Campground, phone number (705) 856-4368 to make camping reservations.  Their Web site can be found at:  http://wawarv.com/

Customs going into Canada - If you have a criminal conviction (Felony) you should check with Canadian Customs as to whether you can enter Canada.  Even a DUI is a felony in Canada and you could be refused entry.

Canadian Border Services Agency

Canadian Immigration

Be sure to check with your insurance carrier to make sure that you are covered in Canada.

Radar detectors are NOT legal in Ontario.  The provincial police confiscate them.

There is a basic pamphlet at Customs Information for Visitors to Canada

For information on who may not be allowed to enter Canada please go to Criminal inadmissibility

Wawa Camping

We provide  a barbeque on this evening. We stay at a private campground and it is a good chance to relax around a bonfire and swap stories about the day's ride. Even if you choose to stay at a hotel, please join us at the campground.

Wawa Motels

Algoma Motel Mission Rd 705-856-7010
Bristol Motel - hot tub 46 Mission Rd 705-856-2385
Lakewood Motel Hwy 17 N 705-856-2774
Parkway Motel Highway 17 S 705-856-7020
Superior Courts Motel 46 Pinewood 705-856-1052
Wawa Motor Inn 100 Mission Rd 705-856-2278

 

 
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END DAY 3


DAY 4

- Wawa, Ontario to Nipigon, Ontario ~ approx. 225 miles

Breakfast at Gus's Restaurant.

Perhaps the most scenic day 
of the tour. Keep your camera handy!

Lake Shore Road, east of Rossport - Provides access to the lake. Nice beach. Boswell Point is here, one of Canada’s most photographed islands. And you can walk out to it on a sand bar!

Rossport. Quaint little town. Serendipity Garden Café & Gallery. Nice quiet stop for a dessert.

Checkpoint 12 – Petro-Canada – Marathon, ON – (807) 229-0512.  It is on the right side of Hwy 17.  This checkpoint is on the highway and not in the town of Marathon.  Stay on 17 all the way to Nipigon.

Scenic: Watch for Rainbow Falls near Terrace Bay.  Lake Shore Road east of Rossport.  Access to lake and Boswell Point, perhaps Canada’s most photographed island.

Checkpoint 13 – Gus’s Restaurant – Nipigon, ON (807) 887-2433


Evening
– In Nipigon, ON – The marina area is breathtaking.

Nipigon Camping

Stillwater Tent and Trailer Park, Highway 11/17, 807 887-3701. Up to  six people, two tents, two motorcycles per site. 10% discount for Wolf's Head participants.   6 person maximum per site. Shower building use is included.


Nipigon Motels

www.Nipigon.net

Beaver Motel 807 887-3132
Birchville Motel 807 887-3141
Nipigon River Motel & Cottages 807 887-2815
Normandie Hotel 807 887-2448
Northland Motel 807 887-2032
Pine Crest Motel 807 887-2813
SKANDIA HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST 807-887-3133 NEW
       LEVINA COLLINS 807-887-2708 - 17 Second Street, Nipigon, ON
SKANDIA INN & RESTAURANT 887-1777 EGON NIELSEN Hwy 11/17 NEW
Sunnyside Cabins 807 887-3032
Town & Country Motel 807 887-2382
Vacationland Motel 807 887-1750

End Day 4


Day 5

Nipigon, Ontario to Spirit Mountain, Duluth/Proctor, Minnesota ~ approx. 265 miles

Breakfast –  Gus’s Restaurant – Nipigon, ON (807) 887-2433

Scenic: Watch for Ouimet Canyon, just outside of Dorian, ON and Fort William in Thunder Bay.  You will not be disappointed.

Checkpoint 14 –  Harley Davidson of Thunder Bay  - (807) 577-6221 or (888) 822-9464 6th traffic light turn left on Arthur Street and immediately you should see the HD location

Checkpoint 15 – Holiday Station in Grand Marais, MN -  (218) 384-9936 Hwy 61 & Broadway Ave – Can’t possibly miss it!!!  And do wander Grand Marais.  A great tourist town.

Scenic:
Watch for Temperance River Falls, near Tofte, MN.
Palisade Head, just after the junction with Hwy 1 in Minnesota.  Watch for a small sign as it is easy to miss, but you will be rewarded with views from a 300 foot cliff or a very high hill.  Climb up past the radio tower for the most spectacular view.   There are usually several rock-climbers working the cliff and watching them can be mesmerizing.

Another great site is Split Rock Lighthouse just down the road a bit from Palisade Head.  Next you will want to watch for Gooseberry Falls, if it has rained recently the whole thing can be a torrent.  Don't miss Bettie's Pies just to north of Two Harbors, where they have about the best home-made pies on the planet.

Checkpoint 16 and the end of the Tour – Country Inn & Suites – Duluth/Proctor, MN – (218) 628-0668

Scenic: After check-in you may want to visit Canal Park in Duluth.  Amazing place, with lots of shops and restaurants, a free Marine Museum hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers who have Canal Park as their regional base.



It is approximately 268 miles back to Spirit Mountain, Duluth/Proctor, Minnesota. A nice scenic day so don't get wrapped up in speeding back, stop and see all the sights along the North Shore!

You will return to the Country Inn & Suites at Spirit Mountain, Duluth/Proctor, Minnesota, or another hotel/motel in the area.

For a good sandwich in Thunder Bay give Rattlers a try. 

A few points of interest along the way:

http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/slee.html   Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Park is 35k off the highway.

Grand Marais. A nice spot to stop and view the lake. Also home of the Howlin’ Wolf Saloon.

A stop at Gooseberry Falls State Park is always a good place to find many photo opportunities. Lots of hiking trails, and well worth the time. No permits are needed if you are walking through the park.

Just north of Silver Bay Minnesota watch the lake side for signs to "Palisade Head".  Incredible views from the top of a large hill/small mountain and a 300 foot cliff to the water that is very popular with rock climbers.

Don't miss Bettie's Pies, just north of Two Harbors MN on your right.  http://www.bettyspies.com

End Day 5




It takes eight states:
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York  - to surround the southern borders of the Great Lakes, but only one Canadian province - Ontario - to border the north.

Lake Superior Facts and Figures

CURRENCY

Use a credit card if possible to get the best current exchange rate. The worst way to exchange your funds is to pay with U.S. money for a purchase and get Canadian money back for your change.  There are places to exchange money at the borders and you can get a decent rate there but we would suggest that you go to your local bank before your trip and get some Canadian money to take along. 

SUGGESTIONS

Helmets are required in Canada and Michigan.

You should have proof of bike ownership and insurance with you.  More than likely you will not be asked for these, but depending on the kind of day the Customs Agent is having, it may make things go a whole lot easier.  You may also want to check with your insurance agent to be sure your policy is in force in Canada.  You must have a valid driver's license and as of 2008 you must have a valid U.S. Passport or one of the new Passport cards.   Because of the requirement for a passport, if you don't already have one, you should make your applications A.S.A.P. as it takes some time to process and receive your passport.

You will definitely want to bring a camera, lots of film, sun block and mosquito repellent. Also a variety of clothes.  The people who have gone on this tour rode most of the time in tee-shirts (or less).  But it could just as well have required warm jackets, full leathers, or your riding suit. This is a tour for serious riders.  It is definitely a rain or shine ride, so come prepared!

Dense fog is also a very real possibility, so do be prepared for it and use caution and good judgment.  Get reservations ahead of time, as July is prime tourist time in the region, and motels and campgrounds fill up fast.

We also STRONGLY advise no nighttime travel, especially on the Canadian shore, due to the large number of moose, deer and bear.  It is wilderness up there (no cell phone service), and you could be a long way from help.  We do not condone anyone riding alone.  You do not have to ride in large groups but please ride with one or two companions at least.

We are sure you will enjoy this tour as much as we do and would appreciate any suggestions, criticisms, or feedback you may have.  When you do the tour, let us know about places you thought were great to eat at, or interesting places to stop. Pick us up a business card if they have them. Perhaps you found an interesting side trip?  Please let us know about it.  Help us share this information with others.

We look forward to meeting and riding with you.  Please keep safety in mind as you ride the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

 

 


This is NOT a race or a competitive event.  Please take your time and enjoy the scenery and attractions along the route.

We would appreciate your suggestions, criticism or feedback.  Please let us know about your experiences with restraunts, motels, campgrounds, attractions, the route, or anything special you found on your trip.  If you take photos and would be willing to share them on our Web site, (you will be given credit) please e-mail them to:  info@wolfsheadrally.com


For lodging information around Lake Superior please see the Itinerary page.

 

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