Lake Superior Statistics

Length - 350 miles
Width - 160 miles
Shoreline - 2,980 miles including islands
Surface Area - 31,700 square miles
Average Depth - 489 feet
Maximum Depth - 1,333 feet
Water Volume - 3,000,000,000,000,000 gallons or 440 trillion cubic feet, 10% of the world's fresh surface water
1" of water in Lake Superior is equal to 553 billion gallons
Water Clarity - visibility 65-75 feet
Average Temperature of Water - 40 degrees Fahrenheit
Shipwrecks Recorded - 350 with more than 1000 lives lost

The Gunflint Trail

The original path that has today become the Gunflint Trail was originally an overland footpath used to travel from the inland lakes to the shore of Lake Superior.  Today it is a paved, 57-mile road.  Surrounded by lakes, forests, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, there is plenty to do and an incredible setting in which to do it. 

The beginning of the Gunflint Trail is in the town of Grand Marais, which is located on the shore of Lake Superior. Once you leave Grand Marais on Country Road 12 (The Gunflint Trail) you will be driving away from Lake Superior, but in the first few miles of your drive up the Trail, you will have some stunning overlooks of Lake Superior and the Grand Marais harbor.

People come here to do something different -- big things, like canoe trips, and watching a kid catch his first fish, and small things, like hearing a loon or sitting by the fire in the evening with a good book you never seem to find time to read in the city. And people come here to see things -- big things like moose, and small things like migrating birds, wild flowers, and berries on the bush just ripe for the picking.


Loon Lake, The Gunflint Trail


Grand Marais, MN