Jewels of Lake Superior Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.
Not sure if this would be the correct place to review, but I visited the ice caves in 2014 in this spot. It was the first time in 9 years it was cold enough to freeze the shore area on Lake Superior to see the caves, and if you ever have the chance to do this I would highly recommend it. It's definitely a natural wonder and far surpassed my expectations. It was a pretty long hike if you go as far as the farthest caves, which most people didn't. The ice formations are unreal and there were many bald eagles, as well as beautiful scenery and rock formations. There were spots in the caves where the ice was clear and you could look beneath you into the frozen lake, and many fun areas to explore and rocks to climb.
From the visitor's center at Presque Isle you go down the Quarry Bay Trail to the Trout Point trailhead just past the wilderness sign. The beginning of the trail is grassy and early in the season may be overgrown. The bugs can be bad at times as well. You cross many creeks with boards over them that can be slippery when damp. The trail has many blown over trees not removed from the trail. You either go over them or around them. You can get lost at places because it is a wilderness area without a lot of markings. The hemlock forest and oak grove is great in the interior. Hiking along the ravine 3/4 of the way is nice. It is wide like an old logging road. The edge of the meadow near trout point can be overgown and hard to find the trail. Raspberry bushes can be a bother to some. Once through the campsite is beautiful and primitive. The beach was nice but has a rocky bottom. Not good for boats to pull up on.
This trail has a lot of variety. You are hiking on a double tombolo. The trail goes through the interior forest to a bog area. There is a bridge and boardwalk to get over the bog area. There are blueberry bushes along the bog area. Cranberry plants in the bog along with pitcher plants. The trail comes out onto Julian Bay beach. Out in the water you see the buoy marking the sunken ship Noquebay. You walk the length of the beach. Maybe stop and do a figure 8 with your hand to hear the singing sands. There is a outlet for the bog that during Aug was not open to Lake Superior. Finished the hike on the Julian Bay Trail. The overlook was great. There are five ecosystems seen from that overlook. Bald eagles fly over and sandhill cranes are nesting near the bog. Yellow birch grow over old stumps and paper birch with its peeling bark is so unique. Hemlock trees and noble firs are also seen. So much variety on this loop and so much to see.