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16 Things to Do in Duluth, Minnesota

Ice Skating the Edge of Leif Erikson Beach

Duluth is a Giant Ice Skating Rink, Park Point/Canal Park Edition

With underwater pancake ice.

Is it cruel to post summer swim footage in the depths of winter?

On those summer days when the water is clear and warm, Lake Superior becomes the greatest swimming pool in the world. Remember, summer is coming back in just a few months!

Duluth is a Giant Ice Skating Rink

Brief Summer Swim Shot

Been waiting to post this for deep winter: a few seconds of crystal clear underwater summertime Lake Superior.

Floating Dead Rabbit

As seen in “Diving the Condos” video, I found a dead rabbit in a Lake Superior tidepool. Three days later, 200 yards away, I  stumbled upon what must have been the same rabbit, worse for wear…

Canoe Paddle to the Cave with Jeff’s Crazy Dog

Waning days of summer, early September

Diving the Condos, Early September

Duluth has a stretch of Lakewalk with condos plopped down on it. I am used to diving farther up the shore a ways, but took the day to dive in front of the condos to see what was down there. This was early September, a weekend morning, the last truly great dive day of the summer: warm air, warm water, excellent visibility, and blue skies. I spent several hours in the water in a state of bliss. For a while there was the gentlest of currents and I just let it sweep me up the shore. As soon as I got out the weather turned — I had caught the last of these perfect conditions. This is my favorite form of recreation in this northernmost beach town. Here is what I saw. I wasn’t setting any depth records, average depth 10 feet or so but so fulfilling. Thanks for watching.

Cthonic Bedrock and Devonian Boulders

Patrolling Lake Superior’s Cthonic bedrock formations and Devonian boulders. Basaltic rock is dried lava sheets that decay into shelves littered with boulders at the edges. That is what we see here. Max depth 20 feet give or take a couple. Water has been cloudy this year due to rain, but finally cleared up enough here at the end of the summer to get this footage at one of my fave freediving spots.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Deadly Tall Ships Incident

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Duluth Alligator Attacks: The Opera

Dead Fish of the Northland

Video compilation of the dead fish I’ve seen.

Low Viz at the Ledges

The consistent rain this summer has made for a cloudy lake. Poor visibility obviates more adventuresome diving than this, so here I am in familiar territory, sticking close to shore in the crenulated shallows of the Ledges.

Stoked Swimming Dog