About the Festival and Rotary
The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (LSDBF) is organized, operated and staffed by three Twin Ports Rotary Clubs for the good of our community.
We support the mission of Rotary International: to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Rotary International consists of 1,2M members and 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries worldwide.
Who We Are
The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is operated by three Rotary Clubs located in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. The clubs involved are Harbortown Rotary Club, Superior Rotary Club 40, and Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club.
Purpose of the Festival
- To raise money for Twin Ports Rotary Clubs and their charitable giving.
- To raise funds for the festival’s charitable partner, the Essentia Health Foundation.
- To provide a free, fun, family event.
Located in Superior, Wisconsin at the Head of Lake Superior, the 350-meter race is a straight course that takes place in the Superior Bay off of Barkers Island. The water between the island and the mainland provides an ideal venue for the race, and historic Barker’s Island is a terrific staging area for not only the race but is also a recreational park for local residents.
There is ample space for spectators and all the activities associated with the Festival. Many teams erect tents for the weekend, and socialize, nap and celebrate there. Race heats take place completely in view across the island and happen in quick succession. The event is family friendly, has no admission fee, and tons of fun!
See you there!
It’s About Community
History of LSDBF
The first Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival took place in 2002 after a year’s worth of hard work and preparations by dedicated Twin Ports Rotarians. In our first year, we had over 70 teams and had such a good time we just had to do it again…and we’ve been doing just that ever since!
Why We Work So Hard
The three Rotary Clubs that work year ’round to make the LSDBF a reality are motivated by their dedication to giving back to their community. Funds raised by the clubs are plowed back into local causes.
Our Charitable Sponsor
Essentia Health Foundation has been a huge part of the LSDBF for the past decade, and in the process thanks to the hard work of teams who race money by racing, the Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 that has been used to further breast health, patient services and for mammography machines.
The teams come from the tri-state area and from Canada. Some teams are breast cancer survivors, families may paddle for their loved ones, and some paddle for the good of the community and the fun of the Festival.
Who Does the Work?
From the parking lot attendants, to the dock workers, to the tappers in the Beer Garden, or those who clean up afterwards, everyone working the event is a volunteer. We do it for our community, to fulfill our Rotary Mission, and for fellowship.
How To Get Involved?
You can put together a team of friends, family or co-workers and paddle. Volunteer your time to help out (you needn’t be a Rotarian…we’ll find some work for you!) Or simply come to the Festival for the music, the food & beverages, the fireworks, and the races!
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Superior Rotary Club 40 was the first Rotary Club in Wisconsin. Chartered in 1912, the club has grown from the initial 24 members to a thriving and active club of over 80 area leaders… Learn More
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