Lake Superior Salmon Classic returns to Silver Bay on Saturday

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Joe Harrison shows off the 16.8-pound lake trout he caught during the 2018 Salmon Classic in Silver Bay. Harrison's catch was good enough for third place in the lake trout division. (File / Lake County News-Chronicle)

Joe Harrison shows off the 16.8-pound lake trout he caught during the 2018 Salmon Classic in Silver Bay. Harrison’s catch was good enough for third place in the lake trout division. (File / Lake County News-Chronicle)

Meet the Weasel Family: 10 a.m.-noon (drop-in) July 17, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. See a variety of weasel pelts and learn about their role in the wilds of Tettegouche. For more info, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or at kurt.mead@state.mn.us.

River Life — Starring the Crayfish: 1-3 p.m. July 17, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. Join the park naturalist to search for crayfish and other aquatic life in the lagoon of the Baptism River. Wear shoes for wading in water. For more info, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or at kurt.mead@state.mn.us.

Instruction and Equipment Demos at Lester River Surf Shack: 3-8 p.m. July 17, Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff and equipment will be available at the Surf Shack on the west side of the mouth of the Lester River. Basic instruction for stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, surf ski, kayak and more. Fee $30 for UMD student members and $40 for others. Registration recommended; visit https://bit.ly/34gtiCa.

Ferns of the Forest Walk: 4-5 p.m. July 17, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Short walk on a moderate, grassy trail to learn how the park’s 15 species of ferns are an important part of the forest. Meet at amphitheater behind the park office. Tick protection, bug spray and hat or sunblock recommended. Wear proper shoes. For more info, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

Campfire Program — Wolves: 8-8:30 p.m. July 17, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Learn about wolves’ daily lives and how they work together as a pack for survival. Meet at amphitheater behind the park office. Bench seating; bring a blanket or camping chair for comfort or social distancing. For more info, contact Kristine Hiller at 218-673-7005 or at kris.hiller@state.mn.us.

Basic Strokes and Rescues for Sea Kayak: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 17-18, University of Minnesota Duluth Boat Shed, 1401 St. Louis Ave. This course will prepare paddlers to comfortably and safely paddle on protected flatwater environments with conditions not to exceed 1-foot seas, 10-knot winds and be no more than a half-mile from shore. Learn about equipment, paddling techniques, navigation and on-water safety and rescues. Fee $150 for UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program members; $200 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/34hcxH3. More info at silverbaypto.org/salmon-classic.

Adaptive Kayak Day Trip Adventure: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 18, Split Rock State Park and Light House, Two Harbors. Bring equipment or borrow from Courage Kenny. The trip will be canceled if it’s unsafe to paddle due to the weather. Ages 8 and up. Fee $80. Register at https://bit.ly/3f1RUDM.

Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 18, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3.

Thomson Cemetery Tour: 9-10 a.m. July 18 Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. Discover the history of the people buried in the cemetery. There are stairs from the parking lot to the cemetery. Meet in the cemetery parking lot.

Guided Hike to Shovel Point: 10 a.m.-noon July 18, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on Minnesota Highway 61. Join the park naturalist for a stroll out to Shovel Point to learn how the impressive cliff was formed. For more info, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8809 or at kurt.mead@state.mn.us.

Lake Superior Day: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 18, Lake Superior Estuarium, 3 Marina Drive, Superior. Live music, kids’ activities, stand-up paddle boarding, informational booths, raffle and food vendors. Free. Half-price admission for SS Meteor tours.

The Story of Quetico’s Longest Serving Interior Ranger: Janice Matichuk: 2-3 p.m. July 18, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, 28 Moose Pond Drive, Grand Marais. “Her Island” is a new book by local author Joe Friedrichs that shares the story of Janice Matichuk, the longest-serving ranger in the history of Quetico Provincial Park. Join author Joe Friedrichs to learn more about the process of writing the book. Friedrichs, of Grand Marais, is the host of WTIP’s “Boundary Waters Podcast.” Masks mandatory during the indoor presentation. Free; donations appreciated.

The Superior Hiking Trail near Twin Ponds. (Tyler Schank / 2019 file / News Tribune)

The Superior Hiking Trail near Twin Ponds. (Tyler Schank / 2019 file / News Tribune)

Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. July 20, Twin Ponds/Craft Connector trailhead near Twin Ponds, West Skyline and Hank Jensen Drive, Superior Hiking Trail, Duluth. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline July 19; visit secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

Prone Surf, SUP and Foil Surfing Instruction: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21, Island Lake, Duluth. Join the University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program staff for a comprehensive prone surfing class with ski boat wake riding. Learn equipment selection, board control, paddling efficiency, whitewater impact strategies and more. Try foil surfing behind a ski boat and feel your board lift into the air. Fee $95 for UMD RSOP members and $175 for non-members. More info and registration at https://bit.ly/3uow5E3.

Finding Trout in Minnesota Streams and Lakes: noon July 21, via Webex. Fly angler John Dieck and Department of Natural Resources hunting and fishing skills liason Ray Ruiz discuss strategies on how to successfully catch more trout. Register at least one day prior at https://bit.ly/3rdeU8s. For more info, contact Benji Kohn at 651-259-5178 or at benjamin.kohn@state.mn.us.

Intro to Flycasting with Trout Unlimited: 6-8 p.m. July 21, Lester Park, 61st Avenue East and Superior Street, Duluth. Trout Unlimited experts will teach about the basic equipment and casting skills for fly fishing. Equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Register at secure.rec1.com/MN/duluthparks/catalog/index.

A Mindful Bicycle Ride: 9-11 a.m. July 22, Jay Cooke State Park, 3 miles east of Carlton on Minnesota Highway 210. During this 6-mile round-trip nature observation ride along the Willard Munger State Trail, the group will pause along the trail to calm their minds, focus on the surroundings and learn about the flora and fauna. Bring a bike and helmet. Registration required; call 218-673-7006 or email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us.

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