Lake Superior Circle Tour
is now OPEN
Wolf's Head Rally
There will be no Rally in 2011
Wolf's Head Lake Superior Circle
Tour Web Site:
Wolf's Head Lake
Superior Circle Tour Registration Information:
Wolf's Head Lake
Superior Circle Tour Itinerary:
Will there be a Lake Superior Circle Tour in
Yes, yes, yes...!!! Of course if there are enough
pre-registrations to justify it. In 2009 we only had two
pre-registrations in by April 15th which is our cut off day for having
to get our insurance, order buckles, scarves, t-shirts and all the
things that have to be ordered far before the tour date. Things
improved for 2010 and numbers were up again in spite of the economy
still being so very weak. We depend
on pre-registrations to let us know where we stand and unfortunately in
2009 with only two registrations in we were forced to cancel the tour
for the first time in our history, and of course once we'd made the
announcement people started telling us how they were planning on going,
had made vacation plans and so on, but because of the economy and new
passport requirements were waiting till the last minute. Of course
in 2001-2003 we had the opposite problem and we filled up before the event
with over 250 people and couldn't take any more late registrations. Simply put: if you plan
on going register as soon as you possibly can.
Why do you tour the lake counter-clockwise?
The first year we toured clock-wise which instinctively is the direction
of first choice but we found out that by touring counter-clockwise the
vistas along the route are much better. Also, on the south shore
through Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan much of the time
the highway is carved through incredible forests of pine and hardwoods
but the lake is often not visible from the roadway. Going clockwise you
start off with the incredible views along the North Shore of Minnesota,
then the craggy shoreline of Ontario and finally as a sort of anti-climax
the tour through the UP and Wisconsin forests to the end. By
reversing it and going counter-clockwise all along the route the scenery
just gets better and better until you arrive back in the Duluth area.
Where can I find out about motel and campsite
accommodations around the lake?
good place to start would be the Itinerary page at:
are responsible for making your own reservations for lodging and our
list of hotels, motels, B&B's and campgrounds along the route are by no
means the only places to stay so do your research on-line. Another
good resource is the Wolf's Head Yahoo Group. Folk there have made
the trip and can tell you the "skinny" on lodging along the route.
Information about subscribing can be found at the bottom of this page.
Where will the Lake Superior Circle Tour originate?
The Tour starts at the Country Inn & Suite in Proctor Minnesota
and will leave Monday morning. Check out their Web
This is on the top of Spirit Mountain overlooking Duluth
Minnesota/Superior Wisconsin. We've negotiated a discounted rates
that are substantially below their normal rates. One must remember that Duluth is very much a tourist town and on
weekends the hotels, motels and campgrounds fill up quickly and by the
time of the tour your chances of finding accommodations are almost none
so it is advised that you make your registrations as early in the year
as possible. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING YOUR OWN
REGISTRATIONS, both in Duluth and around the lake.
Do you provide a package that includes lodging and meals for the entire
In the future we do plan on doing just that but that is not yet in place.
Does my motorcycle's insurance policy cover me in Canada?
Policies vary on this so it is advised that you contact your insurance
agent or company and verify or purchase insurance for Canada. If
your insurance company covers you in Canada you may want to ask if they
can provide a card or letter verifying that for use for your travel in
Canada. We've never heard of anyone being asked for a card, and it
is NOT required by Canadian law, but it
could happen, especially if one has an "incident" while there.
Do I need a passport to cross into Canada.
You do not need a passport to cross into Canada but you will need one to
re-enter the United States although you may also provide a U.S. Passport Card,
an "Enhanced Driver's License", a "Trusted Traveler Program Card", and
several other "Special Groups" documents. You can find out more
information about what these requirements here:
I've had a D.W.I (D.U.I.) conviction. Can I enter Canada.
In Canada a DWI is a felony and
they normally don't allow people with felonies into the country.
You can contact the Canadian Consulate and I'm told they sometimes give
special permission especially if the conviction was many years ago.
One could just try crossing and if they don't check, which they mostly
don't, then you could breeze across. But it would be a day wrecker
to get to the border and be turned away. Might be best to do some
checking first. If you have a Canadian Consulate near you it would
be a good place to start otherwise this site might help:
What happens if I break down along the
We will have a chase vehicle, (A pick-up truck with an enclosed trailer)
following the group. There is room in it for up to two motorcycles
although only room in the cab for one passenger. You may have to
ride on the back of another's bike into the next town. Usually we
can't transport you to the end of the tour but we can get you to a the
next town or service location. If you travel the route of the
tour, getting your Wolf's Head Route Passport stamped at all check
points you will qualify as having completed the tour whether on your own
bike or the back of another. If you do not complete the tour you
will not receive the belt buckle and certificate as we have to preserve
the integrity of the tour for those who've completed the entire route.
Is there any site or page where we can
communicate with other riders from this year or past years?
Please join us at the Wolf's Head Rally and Lake Superior Circle Tour
group at Yahoo Groups:
Information about subscribing can be found at the bottom of this page.
Will there be a Wolf's Head Rally in 2011?
No. In 2008 we lost our venue in Two Harbors Minnesota for the
rally due to changes at the fairgrounds. We tried moving the rally
to Cloquet Minnesota but after having pouring rain all of rally weekend
we decided there would be no rally for the next several years. We are in
talks with other possible venues and we are hoping to re-start the rally
in 2012 and it might possibly move closer to the Minneapolis/St. Paul
Do we ride out as one long string of motorcycles?
No. Generally you will find yourself riding in groups of from four
to eight motorcycles. By breaking into small groups and meeting up
at night and in the morning as a group you will find you have more time
for sight-seeing, going off on side tours and have a much better
experience. It is also safer than riding as a large group.
We do suggest that no one rides individually and that you at the very
least have a riding partner. Some of the areas you will be
traversing are very, very remote and there is no cell phone service on
most of the route. It is very important that you do not ride
Will there be guides along on the tour?
Not the conventional idea of "guides" but rather "hosts" who have
traveled the route many times, know most of the things to do and see,
will lead the morning meetings and generally be there to help you when
How do you know we completed the entire route.
At the start you will be issued with a "Wolf's Head Passport" which is a
certificate that you must get stamped at each this year's designated
checkpoints. Usually that will be a gas station, store, restaurant
or other fixed point. You will be required to turn in a completed
passport at the end of tour check-in. If you miss a stamp you may
have to backtrack to get your stamp as again, to protect the integrity
of the tour, you must have all stamps in your "passport".
What is the cost of the 2011 tour?
If paid before May 31, 2010 it will be $150.00 U.S.d., if after May 31st
$170.00. Children under 16 are free, although they will not
receive the buckle and other gifts, though they will be eligible for
door prizes along the route.
What kinds of clothes should I pack.
The weather along the route can vary from almost winter-like to summer-in-Florida-like. Bring everything you own. Nah, pack light
but do be prepared for any weather. We suggest you wear a sturdy
pair of boots and all-weather motorcycle clothing. If you do not
have that do bring clothes along so you can layer them and remove them
as the weather warms. It could be in the 40's in the morning and
warm into the upper 80's by late afternoon and rain is entirely
dependent on whether or not you left your rain gear and umbrella at
home. I've given to calling them my "anti-rain talismans" and know
that if I have them with it will never rain, but leave them at home and
you may as well rename me Noah. Seriously, pack as much as you can
safely carry and do be prepared for any eventuality.
Do I need a helmet.
Yes. They are required in Michigan and Ontario.
Can I bring my radar detector.
Only if you don't mind losing it if it is spotted in Canada. Radar
detectors are against the law in Ontario and they do confiscate them if
Do we need to fill out a separate registration form for each person, or can we just fill out one to cover all four of us.
Answer: One registration form per bike.
If mailed in do print legibly, as this is the information that is put up on the web site about rider's names and what type of
bike, and used for emergency contact information. Using the on-line
registration form will remedy any bad handwriting but typing and
spelling errors can still abound.
What is the cost of tour and rally for
Answer: The same price as it is for the driver. None of our expenses (insurance, promotion, chase vehicle, camp grounds,
music, food, etc) are lessened by the fact that a person is a passenger.
I plan to take my young daughter along. If we are going
to ride "two up", do I need to register the both of us or is the registration
Answer: UNDER 16 years old, riding on pillion or in
sidecar are FREE! The registration is per person.
Additionally, if your child is under 18 years of age you will be required to
fill out a Parental Release Form.
All minors traveling with someone other than a
parent or legal guardian, MUST have a signed,
notarized statement of temporary guardianship from their parents or
guardian. This is a MANDATORY provision of our insurance.
For people living
along the route, is there a provision for joining the tour in progress? It would add a lot of time to have to go all the way around to
Duluth and then come right back.
To protect the integrity of of the tour and to reduce problems related to having
multiple starting points we do require that, to collect a belt buckle, patch and
certificate, riders must start and end at the official start location in Duluth
Minnesota. If you are not interested in those things but only want to ride
with a great group of people then do register and we will give you an
appropriate discount. Do know that the price will not be greatly reduced
as some of our costs such as our even insurance still cost us the same.
What are the ages of riders who have gone on the
Answer: They have ranged from a 9 year old
boy riding with his Dad, to bikers in their 70's!
Do I need to belong to the AMA
to take part in the rally and tour?
Answer: NO! We are AMA (American Motorcycle
Association) and CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association) registered promoters. Although we encourage riders to
join and support these types of groups, you do not have to belong to them to take part in
We plan on camping in a
tent. Do I need to set up reservations with the camp grounds
or is there room for everyone on the tour?
We would recommend making reservations at campgrounds as tour
riders are responsible for their own accommodations. Names of hotels and campgrounds
along the route are available
In Duluth the best list of lodging, eateries and things to see can be
found on the Visit Duluth Web site:
You can also find a list of things to do and see at Sheldon's "Finnish
Riviera" page at Duluth History.COM site here:
Can you recommend any sites on the Web
to learn about tourism in Ontario?
How big is Lake Superior?
Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake in the world by surface
area and the third largest by volume, only eclipsed in that by Lake
Baikal in Siberia and Lake Tanganyika in Africa. It holds 2,800
cubic miles of water, is 1,332 deep at its deepest point, is 350 miles
long and 160 miles at its maximum width. Surface area is 31,820
square miles. Its elevation is 600 feet above sea level and its
shore length is 2,725 miles, although you only will travel about 1,500
miles on your trip around it. A great place to learn about it is:
Are there any shipwrecks in Lake Superior?
Oh yeah! Lists of shipwrecks on Lake Superior show from 350 to 500
ships have been totally lost in modern times. If these
interest you then you may want to make a side visit to the Great Lakes
Shipwreck Museum in Paradise Michigan:
Another very informative
site is David Swayze's "The Great Lakes Shipwreck File: Total
Losses of Great Lakes Ships 1679-1999" at:
And if you are just hungry for information on Great Lakes shipping try
his main site:
Will I enjoy the tour?
Yes!!!! So far we've not had one person say they had a miserable
time and that even in 2003 when that group had rain almost every day,
although that would be an incredibly rare week.
us at the
Wolf's Head Rally Yahoo Group. It
allows those who wish to get the mail in their e-mail inbox, posting of
photos, on-line chats, polls, and much more.