Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Byway follows 70 miles of Wisconsin State Highway 13 along the southern shore of Lake Superior. The majesty of Lake Superior unfolds along the Byway with sweeping views of the “big lake.” The Byway follows the shoreline of the Bayfield Peninsula, passing through quaint harbor towns & historic fishing villages, near dozens of orchards & fruit farms, along miles of sand beach and the home of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Densely forested lands provide a spectacular backdrop to the year ‘round recreational opportunities that abound with hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, snowmobile, ATV and cross-county ski trails.
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area is easily accessible from the Byway and boasts the largest collection of lighthouses in North America. Local museums and historic architecture tell the stories of Native Americans and immigrants who made this land their home. Artists are drawn to this area and you’ll find many galleries displaying their work. Enjoy seasonal performances at the Big Top Chautauqua with musicals based on the history of the area as well as performances by national artists or enjoy local theater and regional music all year long at StageNorth and Legendary Waters Resort & Casino.
The rich geological, historical, cultural, ecological and recreational assets of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Byway provide a traveling experience that will not be forgotten.