To highlight the importance of this Great Lake to the environmental and economic well-being of this region, volunteers have coordinated a weekend of activities to call attention to the special connections we all have to this unique world treasure.
The celebration actually gets underway in the Twin Ports and along the North Shore this Thursday, July 12 with a variety of activities including: “Temper Tantrums of Lake Superior – an afternoon hike along the shore from Tettegouche State Park; a walking tour at Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) to learn about the process that cleans wastewater and returns it to the St. Louis River each day…plus activities in Canal Park with booths and presentations at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, plus specially narrated Vista Fleet cruises, and hands-on family-friendly activities at Great Lakes Aquarium.
The celebration continues with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities all weekend long – open houses, musical performances, films, exhibits, hikes and games – at additional venues including: the offices of Lake Superior Magazine, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, Split Rock Lighthouse, Temperance River State Park, Cook County Historical Society, Grand Portage State Park, Wade Stadium, several area churches, and Barker’s Island Festival Park in Superior. A complete listing of Lake Superior Day events and program details is included below… and is posted at www.LakeSuperior.com.
Lake Superior Day sponsors: Lake Superior Binational Forum, Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Visit Duluth, Save Lake Superior Association, St. Louis River Alliance, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Todd Signs, Lake Superior Magazine.
TWIN PORTS & NORTH SHORE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thurs. – Sun., July 12 – 15
Canal Park/Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Near the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
Exhibits/activities: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tables with experts from Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Save Lake Superior Association, St. Louis River Alliance, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Lake Superior Magazine and others. Also Saturday and Sunday (July 14-15), Lake Superior Marine Museum Association will sell “Cruise of a Lifetime” raffle tickets for an ore-boat trip at a tent onsite. Association members will provide kids’ activities, such as nautical knot-tying tips.
Great Lakes Aquarium 353 Harbor Dr., Duluth
Activities: Family friendly activities and Craig Blacklock’s photography exhibit, “Apostle Islands and Pictured Rocks – From Land and Sea.”
Vista Fleet cruises will give stories and fascinating facts relating to Lake Superior Day and will serve meals on lake-related placemats. Area restaurants will serve meals on Lake Superior Day placemats with games, activities and information about the Big Lake.
Thurs., July 12
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District 27th Ave. West & the Waterfront, Duluth
Walking tours: 1-2:30 p.m. Wastewater Treatment facility (ages 13+) or Organics Composting facility (all ages). Learn about the biological processes that clean wastewater and turn organic material into a soil addition. Moderately strenuous (stairs, indoors & outdoors). Closed-toe footwear and pre-registration required; tours are free. 218-722-3336.
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Duluth
Presentation: 11 a.m. Denise Wolvin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: “On a Clear, Calm Day: The Sinking of the Thomas Wilson,” the whaleback that sunk off the Duluth piers. Presentation: 2 p.m. Center Executive Director Thom Holden, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: “Shipwrecks Here and There on the Big Lake,” a look at just a few of some 4,000 accidents on Lake Superior.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Kayak tour: 4:30-8 p.m. The Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center will host a kayak tour with naturalist guides who weave stories, history and environmental information along the way. Pebble beach picnic included. There is a fee and pre-registration is required. 218-353-7414
Tettegouche State Park, 11-11:30 a.m. “Temper Tantrums of Lake Superior” – Hike along Lake Superior’s shore and learn how the lake can behave like a two-year-old. Meet at park office. Contact park at 218-226-6365.
Friday, July 13
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Canal Park by the Aerial Lift Bridge, Duluth
Presentation: 11 a.m. Andrew Slade, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, “People & Policies Protect Lake Superior,” on what we all can do to help protect the Big Lake. Presentation: 2 p.m. Adele Yorde, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, on “Port of Duluth Superior: Great Lakes Cargo Capital”
Saturday, July 14
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Exhibits: Special display by the DNR’s MinnAqua program about fish, aquatic habitats, water stewardship, fish management and fishing. Presentation: 11 a.m. Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant, “Aliens are Invading Gitche Gumee.” Presentation: 2 p.m. Mike Link & Kate Crowley, who walked the shoreline of Lake Superior, talk about their journey and new book, Going Full Circle: A 1,555-mile Around the World’s Largest Lake.
Lake Superior Magazine Offices 310 E. Superior St., Duluth
Open House: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Treats, new lake-related items, clearances & sales. 4 p.m. special reception honoring Lake Superior Day Volunteers, plus special guests Mike Link & Kate Crowley will be available for visiting/book signing.
Temperance River State Park 9 -10 p.m. “Minnesota’s Mysterious Moose” – watch a slideshow about this elusive creature of the northlands. Meet near the shower building in the upper campgrounds. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Contact park at 218-663-7476.
Sun., July 15 – Lake Superior Day
Area Churches. Several celebrate with Lake Superior Day services. Check with individual churches.
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center Turn at mile 73.3 on Highway 61
Activities: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hands-on activities all day as part of the festivities. Hiking trails open all day.
Music: 2 p.m. The Fish Heads Enjoy foot-tapping bluegrass and Lake Superior songs with Kim & Mike Munson.
Barker’s Island Festival Park On the waterfront, Superior
Exhibits/activities: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibits, vendors, music, poetry, kids’ activities and a native plant sale. near the new National Estuarine Research Reserve offices. Unveiling of the Superior Council of the Arts “Postcards from Our Estuary” entries. Awards: 1 p.m. Lake Superior Binational Forum presents its annual Environmental Stewardship Awards to individuals and organizations.
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Exhibits/activities: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join naturalists for a full day of activities focusing on Lake Superior and its unique flora and fauna. Contact the park at 218-834-3855.
Cook County Historical Society 8 S. Broadway, Grand Marais
Films/exhibits: 3-5 p.m. Film festival, part of WTIP radio’s year-long Lake Superior Project, features “Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming,” shot on Madeline Island by director Lorraine Norrgard, who will lead a discussion, and the film, “Paddle to the Sea.” An exhibit of community art and essays reflect connections to Lake Superior.
Grand Portage State Park, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Ojibwe Cultural Connection to Lake Superior . Outdoor presentation about the cultural relationship between Grand Portage Ojibwe & Lake Superior; 4 p.m., meet at Mt. Josephine wayside area to hear about Ojibwe connection with Isle Royale and Lake Superior water travel. Contact park at 218-475-2360.
Wade Stadium Grand Ave. & 34th Ave. W., Duluth
5 p.m. Special acknowledgement of Lake Superior Day at the Northwoods League baseball game – Duluth Huskies vs. Thunder Bay Border Cats.
Note: Many state parks and other venues along Minnesota’s North Shore offer regular lake-related activities.
State Park programs are free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Permits ($5 daily or $25 year-round) can be purchased at the park.
<i>Celebrating Lake Superior Day began in the early 1990s, spearheaded by The Lake Superior Binational Forum, a multi-sector stakeholder group of U.S. and Canadian volunteers that work together to provide input to governments about lake issues and educate basin residents about ways to protect and restore the lake. For more info: Lissa Radke, (715) 682-1489.