Celebrate Lake Superior Day on Sunday at the Lake Superior Estuarium on Barker’s Island in Superior. The event will include free family fun, live music, boat tours, kids’ activities, stand-up paddleboarding, informational booths and food vendors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., all focused on celebrating and appreciating our Great Lake.
Before the main event, North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding will host the second-annual Paddle for the People recreational paddle race around Barker’s Island. The race is free and begins at 10 a.m. with mandatory check-in from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Participants may register for the race on the day of the event. Free stand-up paddleboarding demonstrations are available from noon to 3 p.m.
At 11 a.m. the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the city of Superior will celebrate the completed Barker’s Island Beach Restoration project with Mayor Jim Paine and representatives from the DNR and St. Louis River Alliance. Guided tours of the site will be offered at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Estuarine Research Reserve staff and the Friends of the Lake Superior Reserve will take passengers on restoration-focused boat tours at 1 and 2 p.m. EarthRider Brewery will be pouring samples of their Lake Superior-inspired beer from 1-3 p.m. Micro-science talks related to the lake will be held in the Estuarium from 2-3 p.m.
Lake Superior Day started in the early 1990s in an effort 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 Extension in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Lake Superior Estuarium is located at 3 Marina Drive, on Barker’s Island in Superior.