Twin Ports Lighthouse Days at Corps’ Duluth Visitor Center celebrates 15 years

Published July 21, 2017

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the 15th annual "Twin Ports Lighthouse Days" at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, Minn.

"Twin Ports Lighthouse Days" is a celebration of five unique Twin Ports lighthouses with presentations about other lighthouses around Lake Superior. This annual event is being held in conjunction with the anniversary of the date President George Washington signed the Ninth Act of Congress making our nation’s lighthouses federal assets - August 7, 1789.

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center’s "Twin Ports Lighthouse Days," August 3 – 7, hosts several events at and around the visitor center. These events, free and open to the public, feature lighthouse films, history walks and various children’s activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.


Events and activities:

Aug 3 - 7 (Thursday-Monday)

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Activities For Children - Activities and times vary each day

Make a Lighthouse, Lighthouse postcards, Lighthouse cats and activity book


1:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.

Pier History Tours

Outside in the Park "Lighthouse & Pier History Program" A walking tour on the canal with Park Rangers: rediscover the history of Duluth’s three lighthouses, Aerial Bridge and piers


12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Hourly Films on Lighthouses in Lecture Hall

True Lighthouse Hauntings

Duluth Superior Lighthouses & Harbor History

Split Rock Lighthouse

Lighthouses of the Apostles Islands’

Lighthouse Illuminations


Aug 3 (Thursday) 

12:45 p.m.

Special Program -- Preserving the Minnesota Point Lighthouse

Program on the history and effort to preserve the first Lighthouse in the Twin Ports by Denise Wolvin, director of Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center


Aug 4, and Aug 7 (Friday & Monday)

12:45 p.m.

Special Program -- Storm that Built the Lights

Program on the 1905 Mataafa Storm and the Lighthouses that were built as a result by Thom Holden, retired director of Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center


There is no admission charge to the visitor center operated by the Corps of Engineers in Canal Park and personnel will be on hand with inked stamps to add to visitor’s lighthouse passport book stamp collections.

As a reminder, the lighthouses in Canal Park are actually closed to the public, although they be viewed and photographed from the exterior.

Visitors are cautioned that the Superior Entry is a rubble mound breakwater and not intended for pedestrian traffic, also poison ivy has been spotted near the Minnesota Point Lighthouse.

For any questions please call Lynn Rose, public affairs officer at 313-226-4680.


Lynn Rose,
313-300-0662 (cell)

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