In the summer, life is warm during the day and cool at night. In town, it can easily reach the upper 70's away from the lake. Along the water, you may find that it feels like 50F, even on a hot sunny day. As you move inland and up the face of the Sawtooth Mtns, the temperature can rise so that just 5 blocks from the lake, it can be 20-30 degrees warmer.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera. There are opportunities all around. A sailboat on the lake, loons in a quiet nook, moose grazing, eagles along the water, waterfalls and local characters, who may be visitors like you.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to spend any time out in the woods, you'll need bug spray. We've always recommended the highest level of DEET that you can buy. Business' that work in the woods, will by 100% DEET, but that can be dangerous as it will 'melt' syntetic materials, i.e., nylon.
Miscellaneous: Don't plan on swimming in Lake Superior. Only a few local kids have been able to do that. Bring swimwear if you'll be going to the pool or spending time on the inland lakes. Even then, plan to stay out in the water or to be using water resistent bug spray.
If you plan on hiking, bring shoes that can handle the rugged paths and sometimes slippery rock formations in the area. It is not a good idea to just go around in "flip-flops."
Even the summers can be a bit varied here.
On a 2004 visit to the north shore, temperatures ranged all the way from 80's
with lots of sunshine at midday to low 40's on a few nights. There can be some foggy and rainy days as well, which are not as ideal for hiking. Perhaps that will be the day to have a good book for the motel room. Bugs can be a problem in certain parts of the summer, but remember......this IS basically a northern wilderness, with everything that entails.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A portable first aid kit is always a good idea, especially when hiking. It also might be a good idea to bring some food/water, as some trails are a bit rigorous.
Photo Equipment: BRING a GOOD CAMERA. BRING PLENTY OF FILM or DIGITAL CARDS. Even on foggy days, there can be some magnificent nature and wildlife photo-ops.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good lightweight waterproof windbreaker or jacket is always a good idea. Summers
can run the gamut with warm days and very cool nights. Because it is on the Lake Superior Shoreline, this area tends to always cool way down at night.
In winter, be prepared for very cold snowy weather!!! Bring boots designed for handling
snow and slippery surfaces. They have REAL winters there, but it can also be very pretty/adventurous for the rugged outdoor-types.