Whale Sightings


Each year we report the movements of the whales on Lake Superior. The reports are sightings sent by residents and visitors along the North Shore of Lake Superior. If you spot whale activity, let us know by filling out the form on the right! We accept photos, too!

Check out this whale action from April 1, 2018:

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Why are there whales in lakes???

Nina Notes: The environment is conducive plus who doesn't want to live [in] by the big lake!

I saw one

We were up for fall colors and hiking Oberg and way out in the distance, you could a water spout. I tried to take a picture with my phone, but no luck. It was a great – fall colors and a whale sighting

  • Jody
Nina Notes: Sounds like the perfect fall day. Happy for you!

Summer Splash!

We had pulled down into Taconite Harbor to take in the sights and there she was – SPLASH! It was amazing! Wish the photo was better, but we’ll never forget it! The North Shore rocks!

– Bibi

Nina Notes: Isn't it fabulous?!

Foggy Sighting

Spotted this whale briefly between Tofte and Lutsen

– Peggy

No way!

Whales aren’t real.

Nina Notes: Of course they are!

I saw a whale

I saw a whale in Lake Superior, it came out of the water when I was standing on my patio.

– Walter

Nina Notes: Nice!


Yes, a whale is what I saw!!

– Bob

Nina Notes: Bob writes from near Beaver Bay; looks like spring might be here!

Photographic Proof

Nina Notes: Stunning shot Ellie!


There was a whale in a Lake Superior. I couldn’t believe it. The first thing I saw was the spout of water , then sure enough, up came the back, and finally the tail. It was awesome! I was at the Silver Bay Marina. Check it out if you’re there.

– John

Hmmm, whales in Lake Superior?


– Will

Nina Notes: Yep!


It was cool

– Bob

Nina Notes: I think so, too.

Free Willy

While honey-mooning in Grand Marais with my husband (Zachary) we came upon an unhealthy sight. There were whales in the lake! I don’t know how on earth they got there, but I think they should be freed. This is not a good environment for their well being. Set the Willy’s free.

– Nancy

Angry Trout

While enjoying our trout lunch one of the wait staff pointed to a large splash! Wow. She told us about www.freshwaterwhales.com


– Jon

Excellent Sighting In Two Harbors!!!

Look what I saw August 25th!

Nina Notes: Absolutely outstanding!!

Just off Park Point!

Just after our picnic, we went down to Park Point beach to build sand castles and enjoy a rare warm Duluth day! I posed with the kids for a photo and my wife got an amazing shot!

– Jim

Nina Notes: Perfect Summer Day!