Boat Launches

Seasonal Boat Launch Passes Now Available

Boat Launch Parking Lot Site Improvements Project on Barker’s Island

The City of Superior Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department is working on a Boat Launch Parking Lot Site Improvements project on Barker’s Island. The City is planning on doing some future improvements to the lot, including new pavement, circulation, parking stall striping, and storm water enhancements. The public water access and surrounding amenities will remain the same.

LHB was hired to take a fresh look at the parking lot and to develop a new concept that is efficient for all users while being more sustainable for the island and natural water resources (the bay).  We’d like public feedback on the preliminary concept design for the reconfiguration of the parking lot. 
See the document here.

The first image is an aerial showing the existing conditions, the second image is a proposed concept illustrating some potential improvements, and then the last page is a questionnaire. 

Please note, the LHB team is also working on the adjacent hotel parking lot redesign, which will be under construction this upcoming season (2021). The boat launch parking lot will likely be constructed concurrently with the hotel parking lot, or just afterwards in the fall of 2021.

We’re sorry that we are not able to meet in person to gather your important feedback on the Boat Launch Parking Lot Site Improvements project, but please know that your comments are extremely valuable to the success of the future parking lot. So thank you in advance for your time! Although we cannot promise all desired improvements, we will do our best to incorporate your feedback to make this design even better! Also, please feel free to share this information with everyone that utilizes the City Boat Launch and Parking Lot.

If you’d like to reach out directly for more information or to discuss in detail, please feel free to call either Linda Cadotte, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry at (218) 348- 7315, or Heidi Bringman, the Landscape Architect Project Manager at LHB (218) 310-3084.

The City of Superior maintains four boat launch sites for public use.  You do need either a daily or annual pass to use the launches.  The sites are as follows:

  • Arrowhead – west end of the City off Belknap Street
  • North 21st Street – west end of the City off 21st Street.  
  • Barker's Island – off Hwy. 2 and Marina Drive
  • Loon's Foot Landing – off Hwy. 2 on 30th Avenue East
We offer one kayak launch at our primitive Woodstock Bay Landing site (at the end of North 28th Street). This is a non-motorized launch only.

 Boat launches open in the spring when the Department determines that conditions are appropriate. The docks are removed late fall and this date is dictated by weather conditions.

We do offer restroom facilities at each launch site and there are fish cleaning stations at Barker's Island & Loon's Foot Landing.   Water is turned on at the boat launch facilities, only after the danger of freezing has passed in the spring.

View a map of city boat launch locations.

Kids Don't Float Program

The Kids Don't Float Program loans life jackets to community members at no cost and is available at two boat launch sites in the City:  Loon's Foot Landing & Arrowhead Pier. The life jackets will be available in lockers at these two sites during the boating season.  Life jackets should be returned to the locker immediately following an outing, so that others that might need them have access as they head out onto the water.

Click HERE for the full history of how this program evolved. The documentation also recognizes the donors that made the program possible.

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Launch Fees

Annual Hangtag
Wisconsin Resident

Wisconsin Sr. Resident/Veteran/Military
Out of State Resident
Out of State Sr. Resident/Veteran/Military
Replacement (w/receipt--one time only)

When launches open, annual hangtags are sold at:
  • Barker's Island Marina Ship's Store, 250 Marina Drive
  • Kwik Trip, 3027 E. 2nd Street
  • Parks, Recreation & Forestry office, 1316 N. 14th Street, 2nd floor
  • Northwest Outlet, 1814 Belknap Street
Please have identification card available when purchasing annual hangtags.

Daily Permits are sold at launch sites for $5 (Resident/Nonresident)


Per ordinance, hang tags and daily permits MUST BE displayed correctly (hang tag on rear view mirror and daily permit--print side up--on the dashboard clearly visible with the date and your license plate number written in) or vehicle owner will be subject to a fine.

Law enforcement does patrol the boat launch parking lots, so before you launch your boat and to avoid being ticketed, please make sure your permit is displayed!


  • has a list of launch sites, paddle conditions, safety tips, and a float plan all on one handy website if you plan to paddle Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Estuary near Duluth.
  • The Watershed Game training videos are excellent resources for local leaders and community members who want to know how land-use affects water quality.