Celebrate the greatest lake July 21 on Barker’s Island in Superior, Wisconsin

July 16, 2019

Celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday, July 21st at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior. Enjoy free family fun, live music, boat tours, kids’ activities, stand up paddle boarding, informational booths, and food vendors from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., all focused on celebrating and appreciating our Great Lake.

Prior to the main event, North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding hosts the 2nd annual Paddle for the People 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. Participants may register for the race on the day of the event. Free SUP demonstrations are available from 12pm-3pm.

At 11am, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and City of Superior celebrate the completed Barker's Island Beach Restoration project with Mayor Jim Paine and representatives from the WI DNR and St. Louis River Alliance. Additional project information and guided tours of the site will be offered during the event (12:30, 1:30, 2:30).

Music performances start at 11:15 with Dan the Monkeyman, a show just for kids. John Sonofmel plays music with working man sensibilities in song and spoken word starting at 12:45.

Organizations from all over the region will help visitors dive into Lake Superior learning. A children’s fun tent features decorate-your-own kites. Reserve staff and the Friends of the Lake Superior Reserve will take passengers on a restoration-focused boat tour at 1pm and 2pm. The Duluth Folks School provides demonstrations on how to portage and load a canoe. Earth Rider Brewery will be pouring samples of their Lake Superior inspired beer from 1pm-3pm. Micro-Science Talks related to the Lake will be held in the Estuarium from 2-3pm. A free raffle features prizes donated by Northwest Outlet, the Cedar Lounge, Epicurean, Trailfitters, Whole Foods Co-op and Waters of Superior.

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. This year’s event 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. The Reserve encompasses over 16,000 acres along the St. Louis River freshwater estuary. Come enjoy the festivities in appreciation of the lake!


Deanna Erickson

Reserve Director


(715) 399-4086