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Lake Superior Storm Festival

November 9 - November 11

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Lake Superior Storm Festival is held annually along the icy shores of Lake Superior.

There’s nothing quite like a November gale — wind howling, icy waves lashing the rocks, a shiver of awe running down your spine. Treat yourself to a storm-season retreat before the bedlam of the holidays begins. This event honors the power and wild beauty of the Big Lake. Why not hop in the car and join us for the Lake Superior Storm Festival this year.

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

When Henry Steinbrenner formed the Kinsman Marine Transit Company on the Great Lakes in 1901, the company’s first ship bore Henry’s name. Although the ship worked the Great Lakes for more than 50 years, during that time it sank no less than three times: in 1909, again in 1923, and finally in 1953. In this edition of Moments in Time, WTIP’s ongoing series, Jim Shinners remembers the final sinking of the Henry Steinbrenner when the ship went down about five miles north of Grand Marais in the vicinity of Five Mile Rock along Lake Superior’s North Shore.

Weekend Highlights:

Friday, November 9th, 2018

  • 6:30 pm | Storm into Winter Showcase at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply | Get inspired by the latest clothing and outdoor gear for this winter’s activities. Join Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, Joynes Ben Franklin, and Chelsea’s Aprons for the Fun, family friendly showcase.  After the show, Stone Harbor will be offering 20% off until the store closes at 8.
  • 7 – 8 pm | Small Change Call-In Trivia Radio Show on WTIP radio 90.7 FM. Try and answer these tricky Lake Superior and storm themed questions.

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

  • 12 pm | Annual Wave Dash at Lutsen Resort. This is a bit like a Polar Plunge into Lake Superior but instead of jumping, you dash. Dashers get a special festival gift and can warm up afterwards with a roaring fire on the beach or even go in the Lutsen Resort hot tub. Suggested donation of $10 benefits the Cook County YMCA.
  • 3 pm | Featured Speaker Liz Minor of Large Lakes Observatory | Lake Superior Storm Stories: A Biogeochemist’s View. Storms transport water, sediment, nutrients, and other stuff (such as the tea-like organic matter that makes local rivers brown) into Lake Superior.  This talk will describe what we know about what is in storm plumes and how these plumes affect plants and animals in Lake Superior.  Examples will include the Solstice Flood (June 2012) and the Wisconsin storm of July 2016, two recent “500-year” flood events.
  • 7 pm | Shipwreck Presentation by Jim Shinners, Location TBA

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

  • 10 am | Lakeside Poem and Remembrance Ceremony with Jim Shinners,  Artist Point.


Listen to Jim Shinners on WTIP in 2015, talking about the sinking of the Henry Steinbrenner:

Elizabeth, Liz, Minor and a colleague talk about the science of Lake Superior:


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