RESIDENTS OF THUNDER BAY refer to it as the Big Lake, but Lake Superior is more than big. It’s the biggest. And because of its enormous size it acts more like an ocean than a lake. With a surface area of 31,700 square miles, Superior creates its own weather: Winds can pick up or change direction at any moment, creating wind swell, waves (up to 30 feet), and current, which can be difficult even for experienced kayakers.
When faced with this fresh water behemoth the small alpine lakes of Sierra Nevada seemed like puny ponds — this was the real thing. Read the full story on Matador.