Events in Michigan

Lake Superior Day is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of July around the lake in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Lake Superior Day 2012 Events

July 11 ~ Wednesday

Civilian Conservation Corps in a Concert ~ 6:30pm
Munising Public Library, Munising
Bill Jamerson will present a musical tribute to the  CCC.  It will be a fun, nostalgic look at the 1930’s Federal Works Program that employed 3.5 million men. Hear hilarious stories and foot-tapping songs. This family-friendly event is free to the public. It will be outside, weather permitting; bring chairs and blankets. If the weather is bad, the event will be held inside the school.

July 13 ~ Friday

High Ropes Experience at Clear Lake Adventure Weekend ~ 4:30 pm
Clear Lake Education Center, Escanaba
Participants traverse our course 18 feet off the ground, accomplishing personal challenges while stepping outside of their comfort zones. Limited to first 20 signed up. Ages 10 and up. See Flyer.  Visit website.

Benefit Concert at Clear Lake Adventure Weekend ~ 7:30 pm
Clear Lake Education Center, Escanaba
Celtic, Folk, and World music duo, Four Shillings Short, will be playing the “Around the World in 30 Instruments” concert. Fun, educational, and absolutely fantastic music! See Flyer.  Visit website.

July 14 – Saturday

Youth Triathlon (Ages 8-17) at Clear Lake Adventure Weekend ~ 2pm
Clear Lake Education Center, Escanaba
Triatholon will include a .8K kayak (1/2mile), 5K (3.1mile) mountain bike ride, and 1.6K (1mile) trail run.  Participants may tackle this individually or as a team.  A Mandatory Kayak Workshop for all participating youth is held Saturday at 10 a.m. to teach and assess skills. See Flyer.  Visit website.

Touring Event at Clear Lake Adventure Weekend ~ 4pm
Clear Lake Education Center, Escanaba
Available for those who wish to participate in a non-competitive triathlon experience.  Event will follow the Youth Triathlon course.  All-ages event (minimum 8 yrs.) See Flyer.  Visit website.

Native American Storytelling:  Tony Miron at Clear Lake Adventure Weekend ~ 7:30pm
Clear Lake Education Center, Escanaba
Mr. Tony Miron returns to the UP to share culture and stories for all ages.  Mr. Miron will be followed by Michelle Chenard playing guitar and singing. See Flyer.  Visit website.

July 15 ~ Sunday

Make your Paddle to the Sea ~ Porkies Folk School
Make your own ‘Paddle to the Sea’ replica Indian in a boat (canoe) and release anyone’s Paddle to the Sea and track on our Facebook page. More Information

Group Kayak Tour  ~ 4pm @ Union Bay Boat Launch
Enjoy an evening on kayaking along the shore of the great Lake Superior. More Information

Boat Parade ~ 10:30 pm @ Ontonagon Harbor
Boat Parade from the bridge to Lake Superior. More Information

Listen to Copper Country  Today Program ~ 9 am WHKB 102.3FM
8 am  WCCY 1400 AM
Scientists interviewed: Dr. Marty Auer, MTU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Dr. Noel Urban, MTU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Joan Chadde, MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
Topics discussed:  1. How each is involved with the Great Lakes or Lake Superior – describe research briefly in simple terms.  2. How do scientists assess the health of the Great Lakes? – Describe what is sampled and why: oxygen, temperature, light penetration, benthic organisms, plankton3. Are all of the Great Lakes healthy? 4. Describe the Great Lakes Research Center—what is new, unique about it? How will it enhance Great Lakes research and education?  5. What can citizens do to protect the Great Lakes?

Adult Triathlon (Ages 18+) at Clear Lake Adventure Weekend ~ 10 am
Clear Lake Education Center, Escanaba
Triathlon will include a 3K (2 mile) kayak, 20K (12mile) mountain bike ride, and a 5K (3.1mile) trail run.  Participants may be individuals or teams of 3. See Flyer.  Visit website.

WATERPALOOZA Water Festival ~11am – 8pm
Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette
This family-oriented, community-centered event will feature Michigan musicians, food and beverages, workshops, visual art and children’s activities (including a Summer Splash water slide!!). As an added bonus, the Flagship Niagara will be docked at Mattson Park for public viewing.
See flyer
For More Information

 Great Lakes Church of God
27402 County Road 436, McMillan
Special Lake Superior Service by John Blanchard.  Visit website


Here were some Lake Superior Day 2011 Events for Michigan:

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 Ship Ahoy, Mates!              

July 7

8 am to 4 pm

Bayshore Marina Munising

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Water safety, beginning sailing instruction, lake sailing weather, search and rescue with NPS boat, at Bayshore Marina.
 Wonders in the Woods

July 13

8 am to 4 pm


Kingston Plain &  Kingston Lake

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Geomorphology, logging history past and present and the Kingston Plains, the “New H-58” Beaver Basin Wilderness.


  Grand Island Fun Day

July 19

8 am to 4 pm

 Grand Island

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Restoration of native plants project (3rd year) with USFS at old farm field.  Native American cultural links to island.  Arts on the island.  Science exploration hike.


 Voyageurs Passing Through  

12 pm to 7 pm


Munising Bay and Shoreline

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Be a part of the crew of a 28′ voyageur style canoe (Clear Lake Ed Center’s canoe) and paddle on the bay, hear voyageur stories, sing songs, try on period clothing and tools, eat fur trade food (Galette) and enjoy campfire.  Native American traditions, fur traders cabin, 12′ birch bark canoe display, blacksmith demo, all at the Alger Heritage Museum.


 Fish Boil

5 pm to 7 pm


Alger Heritage Center

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Closing celebration for family members, community partners, volunteers and presenters.  Registration is limited Pre-registration is required.


Art DisplayPainting with Jeanne Tubman Invitation

July 17

All day

Aune Osborn Park

Sault Ste. Marie

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Join Jeanne as she completes the plein aire painting of the Sainte Mary’s River.  Bring your own painting supplies and paint your version of the Sainte Mary’s River.


Nature Hike &Educational Program July 17 Pictured Rock National Park

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Enjoy an educational program and a hike through the great northern woods & along the great shore of Lake Superior.
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Bio-Blitz July 17

10:30 am to 12 noon

Echo Lake Nature Preserve Marquette

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Go on a Bio-Blitz:  Discover the bio-diversity of the preserve that sits just a few miles from Lake Superior and is the headwaters of a Lake Superior tributary. Event is free to anyone who can attend.
Bible Study July 17


Two Hearted River,Newberry

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Participate in a Bible Study of the shores of the Two Hearted River in celebration of our unique connection with this world treasure.