Home to one of Wisconsin’s six Ojibwa communities, the Bad River Band Reservation encompasses over 125,000 acres owned by descendants of the original Ojibwa Loon Clan who settled near the delta confluence of the Bad and White Rivers. The community holds its annual Bad River Manomin Powwow in late August, 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 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 90 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.