Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

There’s a reason Lake Superior has been referred to as an inland ocean and you’ll discover that for yourself when you visit this immensely beautiful Great Lake. Called gichigamiing or “The Big Lake” by the Anishinaabe people of the region and known for its furious storms, the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area will soon be recognized as one of the largest protected areas of fresh water in the world.

Featured things to do

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Hike Lake Superior’s rugged North Shore

Whatever your ability level, there’s a hiking trail for you.

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Sail into the heart of Superior

Explore the vast waters of Lake Superior.

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Cast your line in Lake Superior

There’s a fish waiting for you on Lake Superior!

Visiting the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

Activites and Experinces

Fishing, hiking, red chairs, kayaking, and sailing.

Plan your visit

Getting here, location, hours of operation, fees, facilities and services, and quick facts,

About the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

Nature and science

Conservation, environment, research, geology, islands, and species.

Indigenous connections

Indigenous People of the North Shore, First Nations, and the Métis.

Stewardship and management

Site management, plans, and policies, and newsletters.

Planning to visit during COVID-19?

Click here for details.

Contact us

Phone: 807-887-5467
Email: amnclacsuperieur-lakesuperiornmca@pc.gc.ca

Hours of operation

The area is accessible year-round

Nipigon Admin and Visitor Centre – Open year round

Terrace Bay Visitor Centre – Open mid-June to Thanksgiving

Complete schedule

Social

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