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Lake Superior Day Sunday July 22nd
Copper Harbor, 6th Street Dock along the boardwalk  
Celebrate the beauty and bounty of Lake Superior this Sunday. Copper Harbor community volunteers along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative present the sixth annual Lake Superior Day Festival.

Activities take place at the 6th Street dock along the Copper Harbor Boardwalk, near the Isle Royale Queen dock. Activities include:
Fish stew (Kalamojakka), hot dogs, homemade pies, Finnish flatbread (rieska) and more at a community picnic — $5 donation suggested.
Canoe races and kayak demonstrations
Interactive art — paint the model freighter
Learn about Verna Mize, Lake Superior activist, from Charlie Eshbach; Geoheritage by Erika Vye (GMES); and other topics relating to Lake Superior by Ken Vrana from the Isle Royale Institute at Michigan Tech.
Scientific excursions aboard the Agassiz research vessel (see below)
Live music, talks, poetry and more

From 1-4 p.m., festival attendees can find out how scientists study the Great Lakes by taking a 40-minute scientific excursion in the harbor aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz. These excursions are offered as part of the Ride the Waves Program funded by a grant from General Motors. On each scientific excursion, Cory McDonald (CEE/GLRC) will demonstrate the use of sampling equipment to collect data on water clarity, temperature and turbidity that tells us about the health of the lake. Participants will explore the link between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.

The Agassiz will depart every 45 minutes from the Isle Royale Queen dock beginning at 1 p.m. Space is limited to 17 persons per excursion. Participants must be at least seven years old and children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants should wear closed-toe shoes. Interested participants may pre-register for a scientific excursion aboard the Agassiz by filling out the form, and can contact Lloyd Wescoat or call 7-3341. Space will be available for on-site participants.

The event is coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center, co-sponsored by the Copper Harbor Improvement Association and funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program. The GM Ride the Waves Program puts more than 600 Copper Country youth and adults on the water each year to learn about the Great Lakes and Lake Superior, and promote STEM careers.

For more information about Lake Superior Day, contact lead organizer, Don Kilpela, captain of the Isle Royale Queen, at 906-289-4735.

Lake Superior Day is celebrated throughout the Lake Superior basin on or close to the third Sunday in July. The event highlights the special connections people have to this unique world treasure. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality provides information on Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes online, or visit the EPA’s website.


 
 
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