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Join LSSI for Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor, Michigan - July 23, 2023!

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Michigan Tech's research vessel Agassiz will be offering scientific excursions at the Lake Superior Day Festival in Copper Harbor, Michigan, from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday (July 23).

The Agassiz will depart every 45 minutes from the Isle Royale Queen dock beginning at 1 p.m. The 40-minute excursions will be led by a specialist who will talk about how the health of the lake influences their work and research. The excursions are free, and are offered as part of the Ride the Waves Program funded by a grant from General Motors.

Interested participants may register in advance online. If you have questions about registration, contact Lloyd Wescoat at

Lake Superior Day is celebrated throughout the Lake Superior basin on or close to the third Sunday in July in many communities around Lake Superior. The event highlights the special connections people have to this unique world treasure.

Special festival activities will also be offered at the 6th Street Dock along the Copper Harbor Boardwalk (near the Isle Royale Queen boat dock) from 1-4 p.m.

-Fish stew (Kalamojakka), rieska (Finnish flatbread), cake and other treats at a community picnic ($5 donation suggested)
-Log rolling demonstrations
-Model freighter painting and decorating the street with chalk drawings
-Walks along the boardwalk to learn about Lake Superior’s geoheritage with Erika Vye (GLRC)
-Learn about fishing with Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator Lauren Jescovitch
-Explore the area’s history with the Keweenaw Time Traveler
-Reflect on treasured landscapes with the Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Copper Harbor’s celebration is coordinated by the Copper Harbor Improvement Association, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, and MTU’s Great Lakes Research Center, with financial support from General Motors’ Ride the Waves program at MTU’s Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.