Great Lakes Shipping and travel shaped Michigan’s history. We will tour the lighthouses that still stand guard over treacherous shoals and museums that tell tales of tragic wrecks and valiant rescues. Please join us for what is sure to be a wonderful adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Call our office or email to make your reservations.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
6:00 a.m. (C.S.T.)
Depart Duluth from the DECC
FIRST STOP - DAY ONE
Ontonagon, Michigan –
10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.)
Tour Ontonagon Lighthouse
$5.00 per person
LUNCH - DAY ONE
Houghton, Michigan –
1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
SECOND STOP - DAY ONE
Eagle Harbor, Michigan –
3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Tour Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
$4.00 per person
THIRD STOP - DAY ONE
Copper Harbor, Michigan - 5:30 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
DINNER - DAY ONE
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge –
6:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
THINGS TO DO SATURDAY EVENING
Lake Superior Sunset Cruises - 2 hours before sunset
$22.00 per person
Fort Wilkins State Park - Park is open until 10:00 p.m.
$15.00 per person
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
7:00 a.m. (E.S.T.)
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
FIRST STOP - DAY TWO
Copper Harbor Boat Tours – 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.)
Take a boat to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse
$17.00 per person
LUNCH - DAY TWO
12:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Stop on the way to Keweenaw National Historic Park
SECOND STOP - DAY TWO
Keweenaw National Historic Park – Calumet Visitor Center
1:30 p.m (E.S.T.)
No fee for this park
FINAL STOP - DAY TWO
Duluth, MN - 7:00 p.m. (C.S.T.)
Space is limited. Call 218-727-2497 or contact LSMMA
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
$65 per person
Make checks payable to LSMMA.
Credit card orders – call LSMMA office.
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Copper Harbor
Individuals make own reservations. Call - 906-289-4403
To guarantee availability, reservations must be made no later than June 28, 2013.
LSMMA has reserved a block of rooms.
ROOM RATES: 15% discount for our group
Hotel rooms – 2 queen beds = $99.00 plus tax
One bedroom cabins = $129.00 plus tax
Two bedroom cabins = $159.00 plus tax
First stop of the day, Minnesota’s oldest city,
historic Red Wing.
Red Wing boots can be found inside and out.
While in Wabasha, MN, the group visited the National Eagle Center, America's eagle destination. The Center, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, features interactive exhibits, variety of displays, presentations, plus an opportunity to feed and take photographs with the eagles. The second story observation deckoffers breathtaking sights with scopes available for viewing the area eagles as well as other natural wonders in the Mississippi River Valley.
The National Eagle Center is home to majestic Harriett, who has been rescued, rehabilitated, and can be viewed up close.
National Eagle Center resident, Columbia, spreads her wings. Summer field trip attendees received a 45-minute private presentation with Columbia and handler. Photo provided by LSMMA member, Dave Poulin.
In the evening, the group enjoyed outside dining at a Lake City, MN supper club, which overlooks beautiful Lake Pepin and the bluffs beyond. The evening activity included a 90-minute narrative excursion on the largest river lake on the Mississippi River on the Lake Pepin Paddle Boat, Inc.'s Pearl of the Lake.
Pearl of the Lake cruisers passed Maiden Rock, WI, which protects one of the areas premiere limestone cliff faces on a bluff high above the Mississippi River overlooking Lake Pepin. Maiden Rock is a historic logging settlement known as the area where a young Dakota Indian woman leaped to her death from the top of the most prominent bluff…rather than to marry the man her Chief father had chosen for her. The location is a natural refuge for birds – home for years to peregrine falcons and other raptors and wildlife.
Paddle wheel of the Pearl of the Lake taken by LSMMA member Dave Poulin.
Group boarding the Pearl of the Lake. Photograph provided by LSMMA member Dave Poulin.
Lake Pepin Lighthouse as seen from the Pearl of the Lake.
Summer field trip attendees, Gordon Larson and Jim Merling take in the sights.
LSMMA members, Ellen Kramer and Kathy Peterson,
enjoy their time on the Pearl of the Lake on Lake Pepin.
On day two of the summer field trip, attendees had a special guided tour of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, which opened in 2006, features historic marine art, artifacts as well as an expansion gallery includes Impressionism and Hudson River School works from Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Homer, Sisley, Cole, Bierstadt, Buttersworth, Silva and one of Van Gogh’s first oil paintings. (Sorry, no pictures to share as photography is not allowed in the art museum.)
Located at river miles 752.8 in Alma, WI, the Lock & Dam No. 4, completed in 1935 with major rehabilitation done in 1994, is an important link in the “step” system of the Upper Mississippi navigational channel. The group experienced the 600 feet long, 110 feet wide lock raise and lower traffic seven feet. The dam is 6,876 feet long, including 1,367 feet of movable gate sections and 5,500 feet of earth fill dike.
Railroad tracks run parallel to the Mississippi River near and at Alma, WI. The photograph of the south section of Lock & Dam No.4 was provided by LSMMA member Dave Poulin.
Images of the 2011 Soo Locks Summer Field Trip:
The 2011 Soo Locks Summer Field Trip to Sault Ste Marie, MI included the following destinations:
US Army Corp of Engineers – Soo Locks for the special guided tour
Agawa Canyon Railroad Tour to Canada
Soo Locks Dinner Cruise by Soo Locks Boat Tours
Marquette Maritime Museum Tour and Lighthouse Tour
TEMPORARY sUMMER hOURS
May and June
REGULAR sUMMER hOURS
To Begin in June
Mid October – December
GIFT SHOP hOURS
OPEN EVERY DAY