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Lake Superior's choppy east coast

In my opinion, the farther west you go along the St. Lawrence Seaway, the greater the lakes get: Lake Huron's Georgian Bay is a sea kayaker's paradise, while Lake Michigan's coastline can be surprisingly rugged. And then there's Superior, the big daddy, without a doubt the greatest of them all. The Ojibwa call it Gichigami—"Big Water"—and the stats have since proven them right: By surface area, it's the world's largest freshwater lake. It's also remarkably deep, cold, and overlooked. Hiking and camping on Michigan's Isle Royale National Park will give you a feel for the scale and sheer wildness of this behemoth. Accessible only by floatplane or ferry, this rocky, 209-square-mile island has moose, wolves, and 165 miles of rugged trails. A more ambitious option is to head to Ontario to explore its craggy northeastern coast, either by foot along the 36-mile Coastal Hiking Trail or by kayak along pebble beaches and granite cliff walls. Naturally Superior Adventures can outfit and arrange either. Eight-day trips, $1,650; naturallysuperior.com
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