St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail Master Plan

Duluth Seeking Comments on The St. Louis River Estuary Water Trail Master Plan

The City of Duluth and a variety of partner organizations are working with local stakeholders to apply for a National Water Trail designation for the lower St. Louis River. This designation recognizes exemplary trails of local and regional significance and would help land management agencies and local communities apply for funding sources designed to improve water sport access along the St. Louis River and implement important ecological restoration efforts.

Related: Duluth’s Tourism Tradition & The St. Louis River Corridor

St. Louis River Kayaking

Project Background

The St. Louis River Estuary Master Plan is a unique opportunity to recognize one of the world’s largest freshwater estuaries as a premier paddle destination that targets a wide range of skill and interest levels. The rich history of this river as a waterway once used by Native Americans and Voyageurs and as a working river serving the twin ports of Duluth and Superior, combined with the expansive natural resources surrounding the estuary, provide a tremendous opportunity to showcase this amazing resource to the paddling community.

This is a huge step forward for Duluth and signals the next chapter in a long history of adventure within the St. Louis River Estuary. This effort will increase access to some of the most amazing recreational opportunities in the city and connect local communities to the resources we all hold so dear.

Goals of the Planning Process

The St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail Master Plan addresses the design, development and management of a National Water Trail within the St. Louis River Estuary. According to the City of Duluth website there are two primary objectives for this planning effort:

  1. Coordinate a collaborative visioning/planning process to gather the information and preferences necessary to develop a comprehensive Master Plan for the St. Louis River Estuary.
  2. Develop a Master Plan that will act as a step-by step guide for application to the National Parks Service for national designation as a water trail.

The DRAFT Water Trail Plan is open for public comment between October 14-28 and the final plan will be presented to the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Commission on November 9.

Click HERE to view the Master Plan Draft Report.

Comments on the plan can be submitted on the City of Duluth website. Click HERE to access the comment form.

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Are you interested in exploring The St. Louis River Estuary? Visit our St. Louis River Kayak Adventure Page and book your tour today.

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