The Great Northern

Following US‑2 through wide-open spaces is guaranteed to bring new meaning to the expression “getting away from it all.”

Bad River Indian Reservation and Superior Falls

Home to one of Wisconsin’s six Ojibwa communities, the Bad River Indian Reservation encompasses 124,234 acres owned by approximately 1,800 descendants of the original Ojibwa Loon Clan who settled near the delta confluence of the Bad and White Rivers. The tribe holds its annual Manomin Powwow in late August, its wood-products factory builds log-home kits, and of course there’s a large casino.

From the eastern edge of the reservation, it’s another 20 miles to the Michigan border. The main highlight of this stretch is about midway along: a very nice vista point, overlooking the lakeshore from a parking area just west of the Hwy-122 junction. If you’re up for a short detour, follow Hwy-122 north for a half dozen miles to the shores of Lake Superior, where beautiful Superior Falls plummet more than 50 feet at the end of the Montreal River. There’s a parking area near the small power plant, and the sunsets here can be spectacular.

Bad River Reservation
Superior Falls