It's back again this year celebrating our beautiful Lake, it's Lake Superior Day at Barker's Island on July 18 from 11am-3pm and it is FREE and open to the public. Lake Superior Day was first started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great body of water and what it means to the environment and our economy. Now it is held every 3rd Sunday in July.

Before the main event begins, North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding will be hosting the 4th annual Paddle for the People 4K recreational paddle race around Barker's Island. The race is FREE and begins at 10:00 am with mandatory check in from 8:30-9:30 am. You can register online at duluthsup.com. but please note registration is limited. I definitely want to check that out I am pretty sure i would not even be bale to sit and paddle on one of those boards let alone stand and compete in a race.

There will be food vendors on site , Live music from Hodag & Hooch at 1am, Woodblind at 1pm, stand up paddle boarding demonstrations from 12-3pm. Plus interactive games, and activities with learning opportunities for kids' and adults. There will also be raffle prizes and a scavenger hunt around Barker's Island.

Food will be available to purchase from The Eagles Club in Superior and The SS Meteor will offer half-price admission for tours to see and explore the last above-water Whaleback ship in the world.

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According to Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve: "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."

For all of us that have swam in Lake Superior we can all attest to the fact that it is cold that is for sure. What a great way to celebrate this Great Lake out at beautiful Barker's Island. Organizers are asking the public to wear a mask and socially distance if you have not been vaccinated.

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