The third Sunday in July each year is set aside to celebrate and honor the world’s largest body of fresh water. Communities across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario are hosting events starting Thursday through Sunday:
Thursday through Sunday
Experts on Lake Superior from several agencies and organizations will be on hand with activities and information at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center in Duluth’s Canal Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Local libraries will hold special displays about Lake Superior, including Cloquet, Duluth, Grand Marais, Silver Bay and Two Harbors.
Great Lakes Aquarium holds extra Lake Superior activities and events. Free for GLA members. Others bringing a food item to donate will receive discounted admission.
Lake Superior magazine 30th Anniversary Open House, 310 East Superior St. in Duluth, 3–7 p.m.
Special showing of the documentary movie “Flow," 7 p.m., Inn on Lake Superior, 350 Canal Park Dr. in Duluth. The movie highlights a looming global water crisis.
Opening reception for the Water Works artist’s expressions exhibit, 5 p.m., Lake Superior Maritime Center in Canal Park in Duluth. Artwork by 17 artists, all of it inspired by Lake Superior, will be on display through Aug. 4.
Lake Superior Gallery hop, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at various Duluth art galleries and the Duluth Art Institute.
Book signing by Mark Munger, author of "The Willard Munger Story," 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Northern Lights Book Store, 307 Canal Park Dr. in Duluth.
Where the Spirit Resides in Our Sacred Waters, a talk by Red Cliff tribal member Penny Charette, 7:30 p.m., Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. No admission fee.
Rock Pickers Road Show, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. Regional stones and minerals will be evaluated by expert staff. Admission required.
One Great Lake, Lake Superior Day program, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Area, Mile Marker 73.3 along the North Shore’s Highway 61. Hikes, presentations by naturalists, invasive species issues and activities all day.
Several local churches will be holding Lake Superior-themed sermons and events.
Water is Life Walk and Rally, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A 2.2-mile walk along the Lakewalk starts at the Maritime Center in Canal Park and ends with a rally at Endion Beach near the Lakewalk. Focused on the barrels of military waste dumped into Lake Superior in the 1950s and 1960s.
Lake Superior Day Celebration, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Barker’s Island Festival Park in Superior, includes Native American drum circle, raffles, kite flying and children’s events, environmental displays and presentations.
Gooseberry Fall State Park will hold several activities including a Lake Superior Geology Hike from 9:30-10:30 a.m.; an “Enviroscape" diorama on Watersheds from 10:00- 11:30 a.m.; "Moods of Lake Superior" Photography Slide Show at 11:30 am and at 1:00 pm; Kids kite making and kite flying, 12:30 to 3 p.m.; Nature Cart on Lake Superior Water from 1:30- 2:45 pm; Incredible Journey Water Cycle Activity from 3:30- 4:00 p.m.; and Lake Superior Magazine will have a table set up all day displaying photo contest entries.
Tettagouche & Temperance River State Parks will also participate in Lake Superior Day with displays and activities on Lake Superior Geology, Fish, Birds, and Water. For more information contact Gooseberry Falls State Park at (218) 834-3855, ext. 227.
For more information on all events, go to www.superiorforum.org