When planning a trip it is best to be prepared. Just remembering your phone, wallet and keys often isn’t enough. During the Lake Superior Circle Tour, you’ll be traveling through three American states and one Canadian province. Each with their own laws that you must abide by.

Here are some weird laws of the Lake Superior Circle Tour………………….


Cars cannot be sold on Sunday

If you’re in the market for a new car during your travels, you better hope your car browsing doesn’t fall on a Sunday in Michigan.

Cursing is not allowed in front of women and children

You best be minding your P’s & Q’s in Michigan or you might risk Johnny Law coming round to mind them for you!

No man may seduce and corrupt an unmarried women

Lake Superior is definitely the perfect setting for romance but for you single lads looking for love, you better let her come to you when in Michigan. Oh, and let’s not corrupt anyone no matter what state we’re in OK?……okay!

Adultery is illegal

Adultery is a felony in Michigan. And if you’re planning a tryst around the Lake with your mistress, then it better not be in a parked car or you’ll be hit with a double whammy………..

Having sex in a parked car is illegal

Having sex in a parked car is illegal unless it’s in your own driveway. This is bad news for travelers; luckily there are plenty of fine accommodations and campgrounds in Michigan to get frisky at instead.

It’s illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets

So, if you’re in the market for a parakeet during your trip, get one in Michigan to ensure you get the real deal.


Restaurants can’t serve margarine

Don’t fret vegan travelers. While serving margarine to unsuspecting diners is a no-no in Wisconsin, it is allowed only if the customer specifically requests it.

It is illegal to not allow live stock the right of way

Why did the chicken cross the road? To hold up Wisconsin traffic of course! Knowing the rules of the road is obviously important when on a road trip. Farm animals must be given the right of way on a public road in Wisconsin.

It’s illegal to produce cheese that is not “highly pleasing”

Wisconsin takes great pride in their cheese. The degree of pride is evident in that it is illegal if a cheese isn’t HIGHLY pleasing! They don’t called it the Cheese State for nothing. Wisconsin has claimed the title of the largest cheese-producing state in the United States since 1910.

Speaking of cheese…………….

It is law that apple pie must be served with cheese

A nice slice of sharp Wisconsin cheddar on a warm slice of apple pie please……..I don’t want any trouble.

No one can camp in a wagon on the highway

This law carries a hefty fine up to ten dollars. It’s best to park your wagon at one of Wisconsin’s many fine campgrounds and save yourself the trouble and the highway noise!


You may not cross state lines with a duck atop your head

It might be best that you leave your fowl at home when doing the Circle Tour or at least place it in your lap when crossing states lines.

All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts

Many Lake Superior Circle Tour travelers opt to do it by motorcycle. Your epic ride may be interrupted if you do it topless in Minnesota.

It is illegal to allow animals to sleep in a bakery

This is a Duluth law so if you happen to find yourself in one of Duluth’s incredible bakeries and see a sleeping animal, wake it up immediately!

It’s illegal to tease skunks

This is just a good rule in general. No one really needs a law to tell them that teasing a skunk isn’t a good idea. If they don’t know that they will find out pretty quick!

There is a 10 cent bounty for each rat head brought into a town office

If you find yourself low on funds during your trip you can collect a 10 cent bounty for each rat head you bring into a town office in Minnesota.


It is forbidden to pay with too many coins

If you’re new to Canada you’ll find you will accumulate a lot of coins during your travels. One dollar coins (loonies) and two dollar coins (toonies) can really add up quickly! According to the Canadian government, you are allowed to use only 25 loonies at a time.

It is illegal to deface a penny

While we’re on weird Canadian coin laws, it is illegal to deface a penny. Even though they have been taken out of circulation in Canada.

It is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft

Only real witches may enter Canada. If you are caught pretending to practice witchcraft while in Ontario you are breaking the law!

It is Prohibited to Challenge Someone to a Duel

It is best to settle any differences amicably while in Ontario. If you challenge or accept a duel there is a maximum punishment of 2 years.

Riding a horse “furiously” on a highway is forbidden

Again, know the rules of the road! It is illegal to race or drive a horse or any other animal “furiously” on an Ontario highway. If it’s 2 fast and 2 furious you are risking getting a ticket and no one wants that on vacation.


So let recap; Michigan seems to be very interested in your love life, Wisconsin is very interested in cheese, Minnesota is really concerned about animals and Ontario has too many coins! Some of these weird laws around Lake Superior may no longer be enforced and some may just be urban legends but don’t you feel more prepared for you trip none the less?