Barker's Island is a man-made spit of land that lies immediately offshore from US 2 in Superior. It's home to a marina, a hotel-conference center, and a small recreational park. There are nice views from the park over the lake, especially toward Duluth.
Wisconsin's northern port
"Looking out to Duluth"
Superior is a town of about 30,000 that serves as a kind of sister city to Duluth, as the extreme western end of Lake Superior. Like its larger neighbor, Superior was created as a port linking the northwoods and the great plains with the vital Great Lakes shipping system. Presently, Superior is more of a service city, as these days most of the shipping business is firmly based in Duluth.
Mansions from the late 19th century dot the streetscapes of Superior, and the largest, Fairlawn, is well worth a visit.
The Fairlawn Mansion is operated by the county historical society as a well-preserved early 20th century lumber baron's mansion. There's an interesting story behind it that combines social ambition and shame: if you like historic houses it is well worth a visit.