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Courage Kenny Northland offers adaptive water skiing for ages 8 and older, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Pike Lake AAA Motor Club on Pike Lake, 4895 E. Pike Lake Road. Cost: $20. Registration required. Call (218) 726-4834, ext. 1 or email

Duluth Experience kayak tours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, from Canal Park. Features lessons in kayak safety and basic paddling, tour content on cultural and natural history and lunch. Cost: $69. Go to or call (218) 464-6337 for details.

Monday evening mountain bike rides, 6 p.m. Mondays. Call Ski Hut at (218) 724-8525 each week for location. Free.

Old Vermilion Trail sporting clays summer league and open shooting, 6980 Old Vermilion Trail. Hours: Noon to dark Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Call (218) 721-3804.

Arrowhead Fly Fishers, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Mary Lou Donovan’s house, 284 McDonnell Road. Bring your beverage of choice and something to cook on the grill. Call (218) 525-7274 or (218) 391-0166 to register.

Positive Energy Outdoors Twin Ports Kayak Club, 6 p.m. Tuesdays through the summer on various area lakes. Registration: Free with your own boat or call by noon the day of the paddle to rent a boat for $15. Contact Blake at (218) 428-5990 or email for directions.

Proctor Gun Club trap league and open shooting, 3:30 p.m. until dark Wednesdays, U.S. Highway 2, one mile north of Proctor. Call (218) 724-7895.

Superior Trap & Gun Club summer league shooting, 4 p.m. to dark Wednesdays through Aug. 27, 5642 Wisconsin Highway 35, Superior. A six-week doubles league will start Wednesday.

Positive Energy Outdoors Wednesday evenings women’s paddle, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Fredenberg Lake. No experience necessary. Boats, equipment and basic instruction provided. Cost: $30. Call Steph at (218) 391-0147 to register by 5 p.m. the day of the paddle and for directions.

River Rovers Nature Playgroup, a nature-themed group for ages 3-7, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays through Aug. 28, Billings Park in Superior at the end of North 21st Street. Children don’t need to register but parents/guardians must stay for the duration of the program. Free. Call Lake Superior NERR at (715) 392-3141.

Gooseberry Falls State Park offers these events. Go to or call (218) 834-3855.

* Mushrooms 101, noon Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday. Meet at the visitor center theater.

* Tales of the Trail: Traveling around Lake Superior, 1 p.m. Aug. 23. Meet at the theater in the visitor center.

* Falls color hike, 10 a.m. Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. Bring a picnic lunch. Meet at the visitor center.

14th annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Bike Ride, Saturday in Gooseberry Falls State Park near Two Harbors. Start time between 9-10:30 a.m. Bike the trail out through Split Rock to Silver Bay and return or turn around anytime for a shorter ride. Go to for more details.

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, Saturday and Aug. 17, in Duluth. Features Enduro race, guided trail rides and hikes, downhill race, voyageurs revenge race and party at Chester Bowl. Go to for details.

St. Louis River Alliance 2014 Canoe Tour and Picnic, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tour begins at Munger Landing at the base of Clyde Avenue in Smithville, just off Highway 23. Bring your own canoe if possible. Cost: $10 per person, $5 for members or $30 per family, $25 for member family with children ages 11 and younger free with an adult. Call (218) 733-9520 or go to

Lake Superior Astronomy program with News Tribune photographer Bob King, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, Highway 61 at mile 73.3 near Schroeder. Call (218) 525-0001 or go to

Watch the forest regrow on a guided hike on the Superior Hiking Trail, 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet at Fox Farm Road trailhead. At Highway 61 milepost 14.9, turn north (inland) on Homestead Road (County Road 42) and go 5.75 miles. Turn left (west) on West Knife River Road and go 0.5 miles. Turn right (north) on App Road and go 1.5 miles to intersection with Two Harbors Road on right. App Road changes to Fox Farm Road at this intersection. Continue straight (north) on Fox Farm Road 0.9 mile to trailhead parking lot on left.  Call (218) 834-2700 or email

Friends of the Bird Sanctuary host Chris Cold, Wisconsin DNR wildlife ecologist, 11 a.m. Saturday, Douglas County Wildlife Area Clubhouse. From Solon Springs, go three miles south on Highway 53 to County Road M, right on M for one-half mile to Bird Road, right on Bird Road and one-half mile on the right. Presentation: “Wildlife Ecology in the Great Lakes Region.” Call (715) 378-2265 or go to

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area offers these events. Go to or call (715) 463-2739.

* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 17. Topic: Grass ID

* Trapper education workshop, Aug. 23-24. Cost: $12. Registration required. Call Paul or Steve at (715) 463-2896 or (715) 566-3121 after 5 p.m.

* Crex for Kids Camp, for ages 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25-28. Free. Registration required.

* Wolf Howl Program, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Registration required.

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, offers these events. Call (218) 721-3731, email or go to

* Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18-22. Cost: $200, includes materials.

* Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run, Sept. 6

Minnesota Hiking Celebration, Aug. 21-23, Spirit Mountain. Features guided hikes on Superior Hiking Trail, presentations, Duluth Hiking & Outdoors Expo, family hikes and activities. Free except for Thursday night banquet. Go to or

Brule-St. Croix Chapter of the North Country Trail Association offers these guided hikes in the Solon Springs area. Hikes depart at 9 a.m. unless noted from KD’s Restaurant in Solon Springs. Go to or, email or call (715) 292-3484.

* Aug. 23: Solon Springs South to Leo Creek

* Aug. 30: Labor Day weekend hike – Brule-St. Croix Boardwalk

* Sept. 6: Brule-St. Croix Historic Portage

* Sept. 20: Bird Sanctuary

* Sept. 27: North Country Trail Day celebration

* Oct. 11: West Mail Road to Two Bridges Road

Weed Walks, 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Aug. 23, City of Superior Environmental Services booth, Farmers’ Market, Superior Public Library parking lot, 1530 Tower Ave. An invasive slide show will be shown at noon in the Superior Public Library classroom. Call (715) 394-0392 or go to

Youth Fall Outdoor Expo, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Duluth Retriever Club. Features trap shooting, laser shooting, archery, dog demos, hunter safety education, trapping demonstrations and more. Limited to first 125 kids ages 7 and older. Mentors required for all participants. Call (218) 724-6735 by Aug. 22 for required registration.

Women Hunting and Fishing summer event, 10 a.m. Aug. 23, Camp Wilderness near Park Rapids, Minn. Features speakers, sessions, fishing, nature walks, geo-caching, archery range, gun-cleaning and a challenge rope course. Cost: $35, includes lunch and dinner Saturday; $60 includes lunch and dinner Saturday, lodging Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Call Jean at (218) 326-9775 or email Betty at for a registration form.

Lake Superior Wilderness Conference, Sept. 5-6, Inn on Lake Superior. Features adventurers and authors Gary and Joanie McGuffin, Ontario author Conor Mihell, Dave and Amy Freeman, Mike Link and Kate Crowley and wilderness managers from various public land agencies. Go to to register.

16th annual Shoot for Fun, a fundraiser for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Northland, Sept. 6, 6980 Old Vermilion Trail. Go to to register or call (612) 775-2584.  

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