Twin Ports & North Shore Activities & Events
July 14-17 – Thursday-Sunday
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Canal Park/Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Duluth
Information booths with experts on lake-related issues from groups such as Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Save Lake Superior Association, St. Louis River Alliance, Clean Water Action and Lake Superior Magazine. Special activities on certain days will include a U.S. Forest Service Stream Table with a lesson about stream health.
Also at the Center, Lake Superior Marine Museum Association will sell “Cruise of a Lifetime” raffle tickets for an ore-boat trip and inside the visitor center you can see the new exhibit about the sunken Thomas Wilson whaleback ship still underwater just beyond the canal.
On the Vista Fleet cruises these days, there will be special narrations relating to Lake Superior Day and issues surrounding Lake Superior.
Some restaurants will serve meals on special Lake Superior Day placemats with games, activities and information about the Big Lake, or pick some up at the Visitor Center tables.
Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth
A variety of family-friendly activities planned throughout the days during regular hours. Admission fee for visitation, but some events free.
July 14 – Thursday
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, Duluth
A walking tour open to the public, ages 13+. Learn about the biological process that returns cleaned wastewater to the St. Louis River. Moderately strenuous (stairs, indoor & outdoor settings). Closed-toe footwear required, pre-registration requested. 218-722-3336.
July 15 – Friday
Duluth Pack, 365 Canal Park Dr., Duluth
Author/naturalist Andrew Slade will discuss and sign his North Shore guide books, including his latest, Hiking the North Shore.
July 17 – Sunday - Lake Superior Day
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
Turn at mile 73.3 on Highway 61
Start the day with 9 a.m. discussion on the future of North Shore forests (What will they look like with the birch gone?). Fun family activities from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and a 2 p.m. program, “Lake Superior Rocks!” about the geology of the North Shore and the birth of the Lake. Trails available for hiking all day.
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site, near Two Harbors
Learn about our Great Lake with information tables staffed by Save Lake Superior Association.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Barker’s Island Festival Park, Superior
Various family-oriented activities near the new National Estuarine Research Reserve offices. Exhibits, vendors including a truckload sale of rain barrels and compost bins. A composting workshop begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by a rain garden workshop at 2:30.
At 1 p.m., the Lake Superior Binational Forum will present its annual Environmental Stewardship Awards to nine individuals and organizations during the Barker’s Island celebration.
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Naturalist-guided activities focused on the beauty and health of Lake Superior throughout the day.
Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St., Duluth
A free premiere of a local documentary film about the 2010 Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming (Lake Superior) on Madeline Island. Discussion with filmmakers and some grandmothers after the showing.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1325 N. 45th Ave. E., Duluth
Showings of the documentary “FLOW – For the Love of Water” July 17, and on July 20 “Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story.” Both are free. Many local churches will focus on water stewardship in services.
July 19 – Tuesday
Michigan State University Extension in Alger Country
11th Annual “Life of Lake Superior Youth Outdoor Program,” topics range from pleasure boating to the history of the voyageurs as well as the health of the lake. Events are held a different venues.
July 16 – Saturday
There will be an all day self guided tour of Port Wing’s Historic Harbor. National Park Service Invasive Species Educator, Michael Joyner will be available for information on invasive species
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Town Hall Pavilion and Town Hall
There will be a farmers market, bake sale and quilting exhibit, at the same time the town hall will feature a fish hatchery display and kid’s essay and art contest.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Everett Fisheries Smoke House will have an open house.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Port Wing Boreal Forest
Spotted Knapweed pulling.
Birding expert Laura Erickson will be speaking.
National Park Service Invasive Species Educator, Michael Joyner will be available for information on invasive species
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Venture Center, Hwy. 13
Art and photography exhibit and sale.
The Bark Bay Canoe Launch
Spotted Knapweed Pulling
Herbster Historic Gymnasium
Lake Superior Conservation Program presentations by:
Dr. Randy Lehr, Professor of Sustainability at Northland College, speaking about the importance of estuaries for healthy Lake Superior Fish habitat.
Dr. Nancy Langston Professor of Forestry at the U of W, Madison and a member of the Lake Superior Binational Forum speaking about the potential damaging effects on Lake Superior from anticipated mining operations in Ashland county.
Around 10 a.m.
The Cornucopia Harbor
Tour the new Coast Guard boat. Tours are dependent upon emergency or other Coast Guard operations.
Cornucopia Historic Green Shed
Visit the historic Cornucopia Museum.
Stand-Up Paddle Boat Demos
Cornucopia Historic Green Shed
The Northland Choir will be performing songs about Lake Superior.