Sunday, March 17, 2019

Morning Minute - Lake Superior Sunrise 03/17/2019

Color, ice, clouds, and water all came together this morning for a beautiful St, Patrick's Day sunrise.

Lake Superior Ice Cover Rapidly Decreasing

The ice cover in Lake Superior is rapidly decreasing with the warming temperatures. We should start seeing blue water on the horizon soon.
Ice will mainly be in the harbors by the end of the week.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior ice-breaking operations next week

The U.S. Coast Guard will begin Lake Superior icebreaking operations on March 20.

The cutters Alder and Mackinaw will enter Lake Superior around Wednesday, March 20, to begin ice-breaking for the upcoming shipping season. They will begin in Whitefish Bay, on the far eastern part of the lake, and eventually, make their way to Duluth-Superior.

The Soo Locks are scheduled to open on March 25.

See more info on
Seen more info on Duluth News Tribune
CGC Alder -

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Canal Cam update!

Update: 3/8/2018 - 14:30 --- Complete - I will be tweaking the image over the next few days.
Thanks to all who donated to the new camera.

Tomorrow Friday, March 8th, I will be working on replacing the Canal Cam between 12:00 and 16:00.  You can expect the camera to be offline during that time.  With any luck, the new cam will be up and running later in the day.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tales from the Harborcams - Sometimes ice fishing can be hard work

Over several hours this morning, these guys worked like crazy to get a little fishing in -- hopefully, they caught something.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Tales from the harborcams - Two Harbors Airboat 03/02/2019

I watched the Two Harbors cam on Saturday, March 2, and watched a couple men go out on the lake in an Air Boat, like they use in the Everglades. I wanted to relay the experience I had watching something so unusual. These guys worked so hard getting ready for their fishing trip and it looked like they were taking everything but the kitchen sink. I was so shocked after watching them for close to an hour when they almost "flew" out onto the lake in this Air Boat. I had to laugh thinking I would love to know what they would think about an old 85-year-old lady, who lives about 30 miles west of Baltimore, Md. had been watching this very long procedure that morning. They must be a very die-hard fisherman to go to all that trouble just to go fishing, especially in the winter time. I really enjoy all the Duluth web cams and watch them quite a lot. Especially love to watch in the summer as the big ships come into the channel. Thanks for providing such fun enjoyment.

Joy Hild

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Which saltie will be first in 2019?

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The FIRST first ship/saltie to arrive after the St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 was the Ramon de Larrinaga (arrived May 3, 1959). Get out your crystal ball and see if you can predict the exact date and time the very first oceangoing vessel (“saltie”) of the 2019 shipping season will sail into the Port of Duluth-Superior beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge. Visit the Visit Duluth Contest page HERE for more info.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Morning Minute - 03/01/2019

This timelapse packs 90 minutes of this morning's beautiful sunrise into one minute. - Enjoy!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

William A Irvin Pilot House - 360

A view of inside the William A Irvin Pilothouse.

Sunrise 02/28/2019

While it is still a bit below zero on this last day of February, it's nice to know that ice breaking in the harbor will begin in a few weeks.

A walk on the Canal - Springtime in Duluth

With clean white snow, fresh cool air and a touch of Spring in the air, things will be waking up soon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum - 360-Use your mouse/finger to look around.

This afternoon I took a short walk out to the strange looking building just offshore in Canal Park. I thought you might like a look.

Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum- was originally a sand and gravel hopper constructed in the winter of 1919. Harvey Whitney, a businessman from Superior, Wisconsin, funded its construction. The Harvey Brothers company moved gravel from Grand Marais and sand from the Apostle Islands to the port of Duluth via ship. The heavy traffic heading into the Duluth harbor basin lead to ships waiting to dock and unload. Whitney believed that the construction of a hopper would help save time in the delivery process. Steam-powered clamshell cranes from the scow Limit would spoon the sand or gravel into the hopper, and conveyor belts would then move the load onto trucks. (From Visit Duluth)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Brighton Beach fly-over - move view with your mouse or finger (test video)

This is a test of a drone flight over The Brighton Beach ice fields. The video is 360 degrees and you can use your finger or mouse to move the view.
I am doing this as a test and not quite sure how it will present on Youtube. I will do more in the future if it is acceptable. Also, you will need to give it time to load.

Moonrise from the North Shore

The ice fields on the North Shore are incredible this year. Here are a few images of the full moon taken at Brighton Beach, just north of Duluth.

Super Snow Moon 02/19/2019

The full moon rose over Lake Superior last evening exactly on time in keeping with it's appointed place in the clockwork of God's creation.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Super Full Moon Tonight at 17:50

Heads Up!  There will be a Super Full Moon Tonight at 17:50, you should be able to view it on Canal, GLA, Pier B and Hillside Cams

Monday, February 18, 2019

Canal Cam Fundraiser

Canal Cam Upgrade Fund Raiser Successful

We raised the $1500 for the Canal Cam Upgrade plus enough to pay the $700 streaming service for the two Silver Bay cams once they come online next month.

The new Canal Cam will be the Flagship of the Fleet!

This is unbelievable - thank you all so much, it took less than 8 hours to raise the funds.

Superior Sunrise 02/18/2019

St. Clair Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a fire aboard the freighter St. Clair on Saturday in Oregon, Ohio, just outside Toledo.  No one was aboard, and the ship carried no cargo. See story in Duluth News Tribune.

St Clair Fire -- Courtesy US Coast Guard

The 762-foot St. Clair, St Clair last visited the Twin Ports in November when it arrived through the Superior Entry.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Snowflake photos

Light snow and 15F temps make for some nicely formed ice crystals falling from the sky.
I took these images with my Iphone this morning on the hood of my car.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sven and Ole Ice Fishing at Two Harbors - 2018

A rerun of the adventures of Sven and Ole ice fishing at Two Harbors last spring. (2018) - This was one of the most popular videos from last year.

These two fishermen (perhaps Sven and Ole) are the most determines guys that I have seen on the cams.  Saturday morning, after chopping a place for their boat, the two were finally able to launch and break their way free onto Lake Superior.

They returned six hours later.

A good example of ice fishing and breaking when needed.

Music by: Eric Matyas

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ice Locked

With Spring right around the corner, things seem to be waking up, even though the boats are still quit ice-locked.
Lee A Tregurtha

William A Irvin

Keye E Barker


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Canal Cam Update!

Update 2/14/2019 - Camera seems OK for now.  I will defer an upgrade for a few weeks in order to keep testing its performance.

Update 2/11/2019 - 14:00 - I removed a thick layer of clear ice from the camera window.  Hopefully, it can maintain it's own now.

Update 2/11/2019 - 09:00 - I will be stopping down this afternoon to de-ice the camera -- we'll so how it goes.

Unfortunately, I think the internal heaters may have failed on the Cam Cam.  I will get down there this week and remove the ice, however, if the internal heaters have failed the ice will build back up fairly quickly.

If this is the case, I will have a fundraiser to replace and upgrade the camera and try and fix it for a backup with older camera parts.

The new/upgraded camera costs $1523 which I was thinking about doing later this year anyway.

The good thing is, Spring is right around the corner and I can replace the camera and have it operating quickly.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Silver Bay Marina

Here is a photo of the Silver Bay Marina I took back in 2017. We will be installing our new cams here once the weather warms up.

Needle Frost _ Duluth MN

The recent winter weather has created some amazing scenery around the area.  In particular, a buildup of needle frost on the higher elevations around the lake.

I have tried to capture some of the rather interesting scenes from the area on this video.

The music is by: Eric Matyas -

Ice cover on Canal Cam!

We have had three days of ice buildup on the Canalcam.  There is a small heater inside the camera that has been unable to keep up and melt the ice in the camera window.  Once the winds shift today the deicing should gain some ground.

If the camera window is not thawed out by next Tuesday (2/12) I will grab a bottle of deicer and help it along. With the incredible frost and snow, the hillsides around the area are a winter wonderland.

Friday, February 1, 2019

February Daybreak - 02/01/19

With the cold snap ending and the sun once again tracking north, it is a good time to be thankful.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Camera Operation

We can expect cameras to start shutting down soon due to the cold weather.  Hopefully, some will remain in service.
This thermal image of my wood stove is the place to be for me and the dog.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Subzero Sunrise 01/27/2019

Funny thing how cold can be so beautiful.

Music: Ice Road Sunrise by Eric Matyas

Pure Air from the Arctic for sale -- cheap!

We happen to have a new shipment of fresh clean pure arctic air that just arrived this morning. My wood pile is going down fast.

This is a reading from my home weather station, 10 miles north of Duluth. If you live south, we'll be sending it your way soon!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Camera operations during extreme cold

All of the cameras have cold weather protection circuitry for extreme cold.  With temperatures falling well below zero for the next two weeks, we can expect intermittent operation, especially in the early morning hours.
Spring is right around the corner after that!

Enjoy the cold! Wherever you are at!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

January Moonrise at Split Rock Lighthouse

The Full Moon of January is a chance to see the moon rise behind the lighthouse.  Always a cool time to photograph.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Michipicoten departed Superior 01/12/2019

Michipicoten departed Superior Saturday evening.

End of season Info

Thank you all for the many kind remarks, comments, and financial support throughout 2018. The past year has been a very enjoyable endeavor and I hope the cams have been a window to the Northland for you.

The cameras will keep operating during the offseason with the exception of the fact that during extreme cold they may shut down automatically for circuit protection. This sometimes happens when temps drop below -10 F.

With cool weather on our doorstep, there should be some great images of sea smoke rising off the canal as well as beautiful sunrises. I will try and have the cams positioned to view this rather unique phenomenon.

I will also be posting occasional images from various photographers of winter images around the harbors and lake shore.

Have a great offseason, the boats will be back towards the end of March. The Lord willing, I will be here for 2019.


Kaye E Barker arrived Duluth 01/15/2019

Kaye E Barker arrived Duluth at 2:30 this morning in mild weather to finish up the 2018 shipping season.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Winter Layup! Duluth Seaway Port Authority - News Release

Last ‘lakers’ heading into Port of Duluth-Superior for
Winter Layup as 2018 Great Lakes Shipping Season winds to close
Duluth, Minn. USA (01/08/19) – The 2018 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will
be wrapping up this week and next as the Soo Locks (at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
get et to close at midnight Tuesday, January 15. Boatwatchers will be lining the
Duluth Ship Canal and Superior Entry trying to catch glimpses of he eight (8) freighters
scheduled for winter layup in the Port of Duluth-Superior.
The first, Algoma’s Tim S. Dool, arrived on New Year’s Day and is already in dry dock
at Fraser Shipyards. The next seven should start arriving as early as tomorrow (Wednesday),
continuing through the weekend or early next week.
There are eight vessels currently on the winter berthing schedule for the Twin Ports:
Tim S. Dool Fraser Shipyards H. Lee White Fraser Shipyards
American Century Enbridge Dock
American Spirit Fraser Shipyards
Burns Harbor Elevator “M” Dock
Mesabi Miner Midwest Energy
Kaye E. Barker Fraser Shipyards
Lee A. Tregurtha Fraser Shipyards
Check vessel traffic updates online at  or

“The Port of Duluth-Superior is ending the shipping season on a
strong note,” said Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority
executive director.
“Through November, grain volume was up 22 percent over last year, and
shipments of Minnesota iron ore were outpacing the five-year average by
over 25 percent.
While coal loadings have dropped significantly in recent years, iron ore
shipments have picked up pace—already at 18.4 million short tons
through November.
With Great Lakes traffic continuing well into January,
we anticipate the Port’s overall tonnage tally will top 32 million tons
to close out the 2018 shipping season.” 

Roger Blough departed, WILFRED SYKES arrived Two Harbors 01/08/2019

Roger Blough departed, WILFRED SYKES arrived Two Harbors late this afternoon.

Walter J McCarthy Jr departed, American Mariner arrived Duluth 01/08/2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr departed, American Mariner arrived Duluth on a windy January afternoon.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth 01/06/2019

Walter J McCarthy Jr arrived Duluth this evening to load iron pellets

Winter Storm Warning for Northeast Minnesota


.A winter storm system is headed for the Northland. It will spread snow through the region from west to east this evening through early Monday afternoon. There will be widespread snowfall of at least 3 to 5 inches from central Minnesota to northwest Wisconsin,
but areas of northeast Minnesota will get 6 to 8 inches or more.

The greatest snowfall is expected along the Minnesota North Shore with 10 to 18 inches. There will be gusty east to southeast winds tonight through the middle of Monday morning that will accompany the falling snow, causing blowing snow and low visibility. Most of
the snow for the region will fall tonight before sunrise Monday morning, but snow will continue in the morning, especially along the Minnesota North Shore. Warm air will push into northwest Wisconsin and east-central Minnesota late tonight into Monday morning, causing a transition from snow, to wet snow, and then to rain.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT and American Spirit arrived Two Harbors 01/05/18

CLYDE S.VANENKEVORT and American Spirit arrived Two Harbors  this evening.

Bentleyville Tree Removal 01/5/19

Volunteer ironworkers removed the Bentleyville Tree for another year this morning. The 128ft, 17-ton tree as removed in 90 minutes and will be stored nearby.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Camera Outages

Update: 16:25 -- Power restored, I will be bringing the cams back online.
Update: 16:10 -- The internet outage is due to a power failure in near downtown Duluth.  The good thing is, everything should come back up one the main power is restored.
It appears there is an internet outage affecting all of the Hillside cams (Hillside, PierB, GLA, Harborcam and Wisconsin Point) I will be checking into it ASAP.

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 01/03/2019

Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth this afternoon to load coal.

American Century departed Superior 01/03/2019

American Century departed Superior lat this morning for Two Harbors.

michipicoten Arrived Duluth 10/03/2019

Michipicoten Arrived Duluth early this morning.

Philip R Clarke departed Duluth 01/03/2019

Philip R Clarke departed Duluth early this morning.