two whales swimming

Whales are big but Lake Superior is bigger
Whales are most often seen swimming at least a half-mile from shore so the best vantage point is one with a little height. It could be the deck of where you are staying, a path along a bluff, or a ridge line hiking trail.

Bring binoculars
They help distinguish between whales and small fishing craft. A camera with a good telephoto lens increases your chance of capturing a picture.

Look May through October
Whale migration follows warming water temperatures. Whales have been seen as early as March but are most often see early May through October.

It usually involves a splash
Typical whale behavior that may catch your eye includes ::
<> blowing - a large oval of spray hanging over the surface of the water as a result of a whale exhalation
<> tail slapping - just what it sounds like; makes a nice splash
<> pectoral slap / body roll - when that massive side fin comes down it makes a big splash
<> full body breach - king daddy splash; looks like someone dropped a cabin in the lake; lots of hang time
<> surface diving - no splash, but nice dorsal fin

Remain alert
Always remain alert, to date we have had no sightings from sleeping whale watchers.

A little patience helps
Check out the map for recent sightings, read the above tips and give it a try. Whales are elusive, with sightings from dawn to dusk [after that it just gets too dark], so scan the horizon when you get a chance. And if you see a whale, send in your sighting. (link this)