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Free scientific excursions aboard MTU's research vessel Agassiz on Saturday


‘How do scientists investigate the health of Lake Superior’ is the focus of FREE scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel, Agassiz, that will be offered at the Strawberry Festival from 12:30-6 pm, Saturday, July 9, departing from the Chassell marina.


The public is invited to reserve a space by going to the MTU Events page or by using this link 




The public is also welcome to come to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday to get on the list. Excursions will depart at 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15 and 5:00 pm from the marina. Each excursion has room for 18 participants. Spaces go quickly. Half of the available spaces will be saved for onsite participants.

On each scientific excursion, Kenny Larsen, a Michigan Tech scientist in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Great Lakes Research Center, will show how data is collected on water clarity, temperature, and turbidity and explain what that tells us about the health of Lake Superior and Chassell Bay. He will explain the link between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.

Children must be at least 7 years of age. All youth younger than 15 years need to be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are available for all passengers. All must wear closed toe shoes.

“Copper Country residents and visitors are invited to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and which measurements indicate a healthy lake,” explains Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, who has coordinated this program as part of Strawberry Festival since 2006.

“These scientific excursions for the public are extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered,” adds Chadde.

The Agassiz is funded by the General Motors’ Ride the Waves Program which puts 600 Copper Country youth and adults on the water each year to learn about the health of the Great Lakes and Lake Superior, and to promote Great Lakes stewardship. Additional financial support for the Agassiz at the Strawberry Festival is provided by the Chassell Lions Club.


For more information on the scientific excursions aboard MTU’s Agassiz at the Strawberry Festival, contact: Joan Chadde 906-487-3341 or


Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center  

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

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