Blessing of the Fleet

Sunday, June 2,  2024:  1:00 p.m.

History comes to life with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., as commercial fishing boats, tugs, powerboats, sailboats, excursion crafts, kayaks, and rowboats parade through Bayfield’s City Harbor. As they pass by the tip of the pier, clergy from the Apostle Islands community will grant each vessel a blessing for safe passage and a prosperous season on Lake Superior.

All boats in the Chequamegon Bay area are invited to participate in the ecumenical service and Blessing Ceremony. The service begins at 1:00 p.m. in Memorial Park. From there, the clergy proceeds to the City Dock to begin the Blessing of the fleet. All are welcome at this event.

Boaters with questions concerning participation in this historic parade should contact the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau at (715) 779-3335.

To participate as a boater, please complete the Boater Registration Form below! 

Please note: This event is weather-dependent. Registration is not required for participation, but it is requested.  

Instructions for participation: 

  • Gather South of the city break wall by 1:15 p.m.
  • Enter parade in this order: Fish Tugs - Kayaks - Power Under 20' - Sailboats - Power over 20'

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