The largest body of fresh water in the world, 380 miles long and 160 miles across. With a maximum depth of 1300 feet, Lake Superior occupies a basin cut 600 million years ago by a receding glacier. The shoreline of the original "Glacial Lake Duluth" was twice as high above sea level as the present lake; portions of this Skyline Parkway follow the lake's former beaches. Lake Superior's 32,483 square miles encompass an area as large as the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Much of its 2,796 mile coastline, originally inhabited by the Chippewa, has changed little since it was first visited by French voyageurs and the early explorers, among them Dulhut, Groseilliers, and Radisson. The hill at the distant left is Moose Mountain. Below are the communities of Lester Park (left) and Lakeside (right), which became part of Duluth in the 1890s. Across the lake are seen the rolling hills of Wisconsin's South Shore. Minnesota and Wisconsin Points, sand bars protecting Duluth-Superior Harbor, can be seen to the right.
One of a series of Skyline Drive Commemorative Plaques erected in 1972 by the Duluth Lions Club in cooperation with the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau.