Vikki James, the president of the Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce, reports that over 450 guests explored the lake by cruising for several hours on the popular Keweenaw Star on Lake Superior Day 2009. Three tours were scheduled on the boat that accomodates 150 people for each tour. Two of the cruises traveled along the scenic shore from Ontonagon to the 14 Mile Point Lighthouse, with another cruise that traveled as far south as the Porcupine State Park.
Visitors also toured the Ontonagon Lighthouse, historical museum, and a sturgeon rearing facility located at Red Metal Minerals at the Gitchee Gummee landing. Kayakers paddled the slough and volunteers demonstrated radio-controlled boats in the bay. Craft and food vendors offered fun souvenirs and snacks.
Vikki James said, "We had people from Wisconsin, Minnesota, lower Michigan, and as far away as Iowa and Arizona!" She said the event was profitable for the chamber, as well as offered a great opportunity to share Ontonagon's history and beautiful assets with residents and tourists.
This was the second year the Ontonagon Chamber of Commerce and the local historical society held a Lake Superior Day festival in that city.
Ontonagon used to be one of the busiest ports on the lake, and the Keweenaw Star was the first large passenger vessel to visit this port in many years.
Enjoy some photographs of the day in the attached files, submitted by the Ontonagon Chamber of Commerce!