August is synonymous with swimming, for more than one reason. The primary reason I’ll save for another day, as it’s an essay in itself. However, by August, Lake Superior is mostly pleasant for swimming.

In 2020 I made it my goal to swim every day of August. Sometimes that was after sunrise, sometimes at sunset, but preferably as the sun was rising, neck deep holding my camera just above the water’s surface. This is one of the best ways to experience sunrise.

I have always assumed that August was the hottest month of the year in the Upper Peninsula, and I was surprised to look at the weather data and see that the hottest sunrises of the year have occurred in July.

Summer sunrise is a special experience, the warmth, the comfort, the energy of a busy town in the summer. But summer sunrising is less inspiring for me, the skies are often clear and identical from one morning to the next, and it lacks the unpredictable energy of October and January.

Weather

Coldest Sunrise
48ºF
Avg. temp
61ºF
Hottest Sunrise
73ºF

The sun was visible for 74% of August sunrises.


2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
1
Sunrise from Founders Landing
2
Sunrise from Presque Isle Breakwall
3
Sunrise from Indian Lake
4
Sunrise from Songbird Trail
5
Sunrise from Lower Harbor Breakwall
6
Sunrise from Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
7
Sunrise from Superior Dome
8
Sunrise from Pebble Beach
9
Sunrise from Seeds & Spores Farm
10
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
11
Sunrise from Shiras Park
12
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
13
Sunrise from Hall Farms
14
Sunrise from Presque Isle Breakwall
15
Sunrise from South Beach
16
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
17
Sunrise from East View
18
Sunrise from Bum's Beach
19
Sunrise from Pebble Beach
20
Sunrise from Presque Isle
21
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
22
Sunrise from Lower Harbor Breakwall
23
Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
24
Sunrise from Wetmore Landing
25
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
26
Sunrise from Presque Isle
27
Sunrise from Mount Marquette
28
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
29
Sunrise from Harlow Creek
30
Sunrise from Lakeshore Boulevard
31

2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sunrise from Shiras Park
1
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
2
Sunrise from Harlow Creek
3
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
4
Sunrise from Shiras Park
5
Sunrise from Whetstone Brook
6
Sunrise from Shiras Park
7
Sunrise from Shiras Park
8
Sunrise from Pebble Beach
9
Sunrise from Shiras Park
10
Sunrise from Shiras Park
11
Sunrise from Shiras Park
12
Sunrise from Shiras Park
13
Sunrise from Bugsy's Perch
14
Sunrise from Shiras Park
15
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
16
Sunrise from Superior Dome
17
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
18
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
19
Sunrise from Shiras Park
20
Sunrise from Coast Guard Station
21
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
22
Sunrise from Picnic Rocks
23
Sunrise from Shiras Park
24
Sunrise from Shiras Park
25
Sunrise from Shiras Park
26
Sunrise from Shiras Park
27
Sunrise from Black Rocks
28
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
29
Sunrise from Shiras Park
30
Sunrise from Shiras Park
31

2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sunrise from Shiras Park
1
Sunrise from Bugsy's Perch
2
Sunrise from South Beach
3
Sunrise from Pebble Beach
4
Sunrise from Shiras Park
5
Sunrise from Shiras Park
6
Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
7
Sunrise from Shiras Park
8
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
9
Sunrise from Wetmore Landing
10
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
11
Sunrise from Mount Marquette
13
Sunrise from Little Presque Isle
14
Sunrise from Sugarloaf Mountain
15
Sunrise from NOAA Station MCGM4
17
Sunrise from Lower Harbor Breakwall
20
Sunrise from Shiras Park
21
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
28
Sunrise from Municipal Marina
29
Sunrise from US 41
30
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
31

2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
2
Sunrise from Shiras Park
6
Sunrise from Shiras Park
8
Sunrise from Gaines Rock
17
Sunrise from Shiras Park
21
Sunrise from Shiras Park
28
Sunrise from Shiras Park
30
Sunrise from Shiras Park
31

2023

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Sunrise from Shiras Park
8
Sunrise from Shiras Park
9
Sunrise from Founders Landing Pier
11
Sunrise from Shiras Park
25
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
31