July 1, 2021

Celebrate the greatest lake July 18 on Barker’s Island in Superior

Celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior.

Celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior.

Organizations from throughout the region will help visitors dive into Lake Superior learning

Celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday, July 18, at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior. Enjoy free family fun, live music, kids’ activities, stand-up paddle boarding, informational booths, and food vendors from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., all focused on celebrating and appreciating our Great Lake.

Prior to the main event, North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding will host the 4th annual Paddle for the People 4K recreational paddle race around Barker’s Island. The race is free and begins at 10 a.m. with mandatory check-in from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Participants may register online. Registration is limited. Free SUP demonstrations are available from noon to 3 p.m. An online waiver must be submitted prior to paddling.

Music performances start at 11 a.m. with Hodag and Hooch, a local band sharing harmonies from the back seat of a car rolling down the fast lane of the 70s with plenty of detours to the sweet songs before and beyond. Woodblind, an acoustic ska duo, will perform at 1 p.m.

Additionally, organizations from throughout the region will help visitors dive into Lake Superior learning. A children’s activity tent will feature a Lake Superior-themed obstacle course and a scavenger hunt for curious kids and adults alike. The SS Meteor will offer half-price admission for tours of the last above-water Whaleback ship in the world. The Lake Superior Estuarium, the free natural history museum on Barker’s Island, will be open.

A free raffle will feature prizes from local businesses, including Northwest Outlet and donations from Bluetick Design LLC, North Shore SUP, the Friends of the Lake Superior Reserve, SuperOne Foods, Mac Sport & Marine, and more.

This aims to be a physically distanced event; masks are recommended for people who are not yet or unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and there will not be any verification of vaccination status.

Lake Superior is the cleanest, coldest, and clearest of the Great Lakes. The largest lake by surface area in the world, it fuels our local shipping, commercial fishing, and recreational industries while providing clean drinking water. Every day, each of the 600,000 human residents of the Lake Superior basin use water from the lake for drinking, home use, industrial use, or recreation. The lake is essential for countless fish, birds, animals, and plants.

Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin’s environment and economy. Now it is held every third Sunday in July. This year’s event in Superior is coordinated by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the following partners: the City of Superior, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, The Friends of the Lake Superior Reserve, North Shore SUP, and Travel Superior. The Reserve encompasses over 16,000 acres along the St. Louis River freshwater estuary. Come enjoy the
festivities in appreciation of the lake!

The Lake Superior Reserve Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/lakesuperiorreserve. Lake Superior Day Celebrations extend throughout the Twin Ports as well. Informational tables, children's activities and other water-related materials will be available from a variety of organizations outside the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 16, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 17, as part of the Twin Ports' Lake Superior Day celebrations. Check out additional local Lake Superior Day Celebration details by looking up events posted by Lake Superior Magazine.

Celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior.

Celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior.

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