Four Minnesota State Parks located on Lake Superior’s North Shore will feature special programs to celebrate Lake Superior Day next weekend.
Lake Superior Day, a designation begun in the 1990s, is promoted by the Lake Superior Binational Forum to highlight the importance of the Great Lake to the environment and economy. The day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in July.
On Thursday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m., Tettegouche State Park, will offer “Temper Tantrums of Lake Superior,” a hike along Lake Superior’s shore explaining how the lake can behave like a two-year-old. The hike will begin from the park office. Contact the park at 218-226-6365.
On Saturday, July 14 from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m., Temperance River State Park will host “Minnesota’s Mysterious Moose,” a slide-show presentation about this elusive creature of the northlands. Participants can meet near the shower building in the upper campgrounds. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Contact the park at 218-663-7476.
On Sunday, July 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Gooseberry Falls State Park naturalists will host a day-long Lake Superior Day Celebration focusing on Lake Superior and its unique flora and fauna. Contact the park at 218-834-3855.
On Sunday, July 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Grand Portage State Park will present “Ojibwe Cultural Connection to Lake Superior,” an outdoor presentation about the cultural relationship between the Grand Portage Ojibwe and Lake Superior. At 4:00 p.m. at the Mt. Josephine wayside area, a separate program will discuss the Ojibwe connection with Isle Royale and Lake Superior water travel. Contact the park at 218-475-2360.
The programs are free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Permits ($5 daily or $25 year-round) can be purchased at the park.
Read the Minnesota DNR’s media release about its Lake Superior Day programming HERE.
Find a complete list of Lake Superior Day events taking place across the watershed HERE.