A Winter Wonderland Along the Shores of "Big Water"
The Ojibwe Indians named this massive inland sea the Gitche Gami, which translates into English as "Big Water." However, when the English gained control of this area in the 1700s (after the French and Indian War) they determined that this vast body of water was superior to any other on the continent; hence the name, Lake Superior.
This particular fridge magnet photo is taken during winter in Bayfield, and is a perfect souvenir from Wisconsin. Bayfield is a tiny village consisting mainly of artists' workshops and galleries and a population of just over 500 people. Many visitors come through the small artisan community of Bayfield as the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Exciting Activities on Lake Superior's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
A group of 21 small islands in the lake are known as "The Jewels of Lake Superior," and are a treasure trove for outdoor lovers seeking adventure. Some adventurers use kayaks to navigate among the islands, and scuba diving is a popular activity amongst some of the many shipwrecks beneath the lake's surface. Camping and hiking on the various islands is enjoyed during warmer weather, and time spent exploring some of the hidden sea caves creates unforgettable memories. There are also six historic light stations to explore, and many scenic vistas for photo-bugs.
Another summer activity in Bayfield is the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, a performing arts tent theater with concerts, plays and other events that celebrate the rich history of the region and providing excitement and entertainment for both locals and visitors to Wisconsin.
In wintertime, Bayfield is a great place for skiing on Mt. Ashwabay and the Pike's Creek or Jerry Jay Jolly Ski Trails. There are trails designated for down-hill and cross-country skiing, as well as trails for snowshoe and hiking.