Updated: 07/20/2014 10:23 PM
Created: 07/20/2014 3:59 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
A little music, some sun, and a big body of water made for a great celebration of Lake Superior Day on Barker's Island in Superior.
The event drew hundreds in Superior, but organizers with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve said the same is happening in communities all around the lake.
“I think it's wonderful. I think we spend a lot of time thinking about how to protect the lake and how to take care of our water, and I think every so often it's good to have a day to just really appreciate it,” Education Director Deanna Erickson said.
Many locals found that stand-up paddle boarding was a great way to appreciate the lake while getting out on the water.
“Yeah it was my first time. It was super fun. It was a little nerve-racking at first. It was bumpy, but it was super fun,” Alyssa Jackman said.
Just for Lake Superior Day, North Shore Stand-up Paddle Boarding floated their business across Superior Bay from their regular spot on Park Point. Owners said the business is doing well after just two years so they offered everyone some free time on the water.
“Just from last season to this season it's grown a ton. We are getting tons of people out on the water and introducing them to the sport. It's a blast,” Heather Holmes said.
She said keeping Lake Superior clean is a must with residents and businesses like hers relying on the water.
“The bay is getting cleaner and cleaner every single year. We know there is a lot of work being done to keep it that way,” Holmes said.
But Erickson said it's hard to stay vigilant so that's why her organization keeps emphasizing Lake Superior Day.
“I think it's really important ,because we see it every day, to remember that the lake is 10 percent of the world's fresh water, and it is globally significant,” Erickson said.
She hoped everyone would take a little time to reflect with the lake.
“Even if you don't make it out to our celebration today, really take a moment to just appreciate where we live. It's really special,” Erickson said.
Lake Superior Day wouldn't be complete with out the Blessing of the Fleet. Ministers from the Twin Ports Ministry of Seafarers took to a Coast Guard vessel to bless any boat and crew that wished to pass by just off of Barker's Island.
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