My goal was to either paddle roughly 3 miles on each lake or surf a few waves if conditions presented themselves. I recently purchased a new SIC Bullet 12'6" board and a Quickblade Trifecta paddle from The Outpost and this would be the perfect opportunity to try them out. I used both Google Maps and Google Earth to map out my route. These tools are great for finding little access areas that can get you on the water fast in spots that are not crowded and don't cost anything.
|Gear For The Trip|
Lake Superior... I woke up at 5:30 and was quickly on the road to my destination. I arrived at the small roadside park about 20 miles west of Sault Ste Marie and Superior was like glass...what a perfect way to start my journey. The air was around 50, but the water was colder than that. I opted for just a lightweight neoprene long sleeve shirt and boardshorts. It's amazing how clear the water is. I could see rocks that looked like they were just under the surface, but I'm sure they were actually 20-30 feet below. After getting in my 3 mile paddle (give or take) I headed for shore and found that the mosquitoes have woken up...not cool! I quickly jumped in (took my breath away it was so cold) and tried as fast as possible to load up my gear and hit the road before losing pints of blood, but I'm not sure if that happened. As if the bugs on the shore weren't enough, once I got in the car there were probably 1000 in there too. Oh well...time for my hour long drive south to Lake Michigan!
|Lake Superior sunrise|
|Lake Erie Sunset|
|Earned the shirt|
- 5 lakes in 1 day
- 565 miles between all stops (over 1200 miles counting travel to start point and home after)
- about 13 hours to visit each lake, paddle, and swim
- roughly 23 hours total travel time from the time I started on Lake Superior to the time I got home
- pulled over 1 time to "rest my eyes" for 15-20 minutes
- All of the four other great lakes, plus three more the size of Lake Erie, wold fit inside Lake Superior
- There is enough water in Lake Superior to submerge all of North and South America in 1 foot of water
- There is alleged to be a 30'-40' "monster" living in Lake Erie named Bessie
- Water in Lake Erie replaces itself in only 2.6 years...water in Lake Superior takes 200 years to replace itself
- The shoreline of all the Great Lakes combine equals nearly 44% of the circumference of the planet
- Hydrologically speaking, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake
- Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that is entirely within the borders of the United States
- The largest fresh water sand dunes in the world line the shores of Lake Michigan
- The province of Ontario was named after the lake, and not vice versa
- Click this link for the full list of these cool facts.