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Celebrating Lake Superior

The sun rises over Lake Superior. (Photo by Richard Thomas/Duluth Budgeteer)

Lake Superior Day, July 20, honors the largest of the Great Lakes. (It could hold all the water in the other lakes plus three more Lake Eries.) The celebration began in the 1990s in Thunder Bay and grew to encompass all the bordering states and provinces. It also includes events in the week leading up to the 20th. Here are some local activities:

July 13-20: The first Superior Scavenge Hunt in Duluth, sponsored by Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP). Clues about the lake’s uses, impacts and natural features will be posted on MLSCP’s website and Facebook page and Lake Superior Day/s Facebook page.

A grand prize package and prizes from local businesses will be awarded at a celebration in Canal Park. Official rules are posted at

Thursday, July 17: Park Point Sand-modeling Contest/Summer Beach Bash and Water Safety Expo, Park Point Beach House, 11 a.m. to

3 p.m. (Judging at 1:30 p.m.) Bring your shovels, pails and creativity. Prizes will be given in several categories. Also zumba exercise, tug of war, hula hoop contest, volleyball, treasure hunt, water safety games and demonstrations and more.

Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20: Families, groups and individuals are invited to celebrate Lake Superior Day by joining in a beach sweep. Register for a clean-up by contacting Cheryl Skafte at 218-730-4334 or Bags and gloves will be provided. Multiple locations are available.

Also July 19-20, the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center offers interactive exhibits, presentations and free history pier walking tours, weather permitting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 600 S. Lake Ave. in Canal Park.