The 3rd grade classes at McLaughlin Elementary School in Muskegon, MI created foot long canoes that were put in Lake Superior in May of 2010. In the story Paddle to the Sea, an Indian boy carves a canoe and lets it go in Lake Superior hoping it will make it to the sea. Forty-one canoes have been released and students are hoping to get reports on where they are. Each canoe is numbered for a 3rd grader at the school (#1-41). The students will be monitoring the situation for years to come hoping their canoe will be found, perhaps traveling through the Great Lakes out to the sea.On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 twenty-one canoes were released in Lake Superior and then on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 twenty more were released on the south side of the Soo Locks.
To date, fifteen canoes have been reported found and re-launched. Several were found on Sugar Island, south of the Soo Locks, one on the St.