Duluth, MN – Lake Superior

Vessel passing under Aerial Bridge Duluth is on the very southwest tip of Lake Superior, one of the five Great Lakes.  Combined with neighboring Superior WI, it has a huge boat port for shipping iron ore pellets (taconite), grain, cement, coal and much more.  Many grain elevators, one complex alone holds enough wheat to make a sandwich for every person on earth! Ore boats which are over 1000 feet long and 105 feet wide can load ore at the rate of 3000 pounds per second or a full load of 68,000 tons in less than 15 hours.  Picture shows one of these ships going under Aerial Bridge in Duluth.

We did not allocated enough time for the Duluth area.  From the Lakehead Boat Basin, where we parked our motorhome for two nights, it was just a 1/4 mile walk over the Aerial Bridge to Canal Park, a nice area with restaurants, museums, shops, aquarium, and Vista Fleet Harbor Cruises!  The 1.5 hour harbor lunch cruise was very informative, and the lunch delicious.  We missed the opportunity to tour the paper mill – one of the largest producers of glossy paper for catalogs, newspaper ad inserts, magazines, etc.  Tours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday. We explored the North Shore Scenic Drive, but only up to Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls State Park (see our photo gallery for photos)

Depths of Great LakesLake Superior is a huge lake.  If you could pull the plug, its water would cover the entire United States, Canada, Central America and South America with one foot of water. It is the largest body of fresh water in the world.  In volume, the amount of water it holds, only the mile deep Lake Baikal in Siberia is larger. This photo shows the relative depths of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – left to right).

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