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Due to COVID-19, 2021 Thunder Bay Maritime Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta Canceled

Due to the lead time needed for fundraising and planning, the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta will not be held on July 4, 2021.

“We hope everyone still gets out and safely enjoys our sanctuary this summer –and count on an incredible Thunder Bay Maritime Festival in 2022,” said Sanctuary Superintendent Jeff Gray.

“Explore the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail and paddle, snorkel, dive, or take a cruise on the LADY MICHIGAN,” emphasized Gray.

PLEASE NOTE: The LADY MICHIGAN will still offer cruises all day (10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm) on July 4th and offer a special fireworks cruise.  

Lady Michigan tickets are available for purchase now with daily cruises starting on May 22 and continuing through early October, as weather allows. Please note that the fireworks cruise tends to sell out quickly. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit alpenashipwrecktours.com or call 989-884-6200.


3K Paddle board race, solo kayak & canoe – Thunder Bay River – Start at Rotary Bridge

Live music


Complete registration and mail with fee to Dork Brothers or register race evening 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Race starts promptly at 5:30p.m.


All racers need to bring paddleboard, kayak or canoe, paddle and PFD Type III (required). Single Blade paddles for SUPs.


Special Awards for Overall male and female winners in following age classes: Under 16;17-25,26-40; 40-60; 60 and over both for SUPs, Kayak & Canoe division

Entry Fee:

Early Entry received by 7/1 – $5 student (college incl.)/$10 Adult  –does not include glass/ $15 w/glass
After 7/1 & Race Day Entry – $10 Student/$15 Adult  – does notinclude glass/ $15 & $20 w/glass

Memorial Glass:

A limited number of special design  16 oz. glasses will be available for cost of $5.

Pre-entry is recommended to secure a glass (includes one free Suds fill-up post-race)

SUDS tasting will be from 4:30 pm until 8 pm.

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