The St. Louis River Alliance, the City of Duluth and its partners are working with local stakeholders to plan for a National Water Trail designation on the St. Louis River. The estuary has a rich natural and industrial history dating back to the areas indigenous peoples. Once considered one of the most polluted waterways in the United States, it is slowly and painstakingly being restored to health and will likely be delisted as an AOC (Area of Concern) within 10 years.
A National Water Trail designation will allow surrounding communities to engage both local citizens and visitors to once again return to this amazing resource and learn about its past, present, and future. This designation also assists local land management authorities and agencies to plan, and apply for possible funding streams to improve water sport access of all kinds on the river as well as plan and implement restoration efforts. Through careful planning and vision, the Water Trail can ensure access to all regardless of skill level or ability, or financial means.
Information obtained from the City of Duluth website.
Click the link here to see the City of Duluth page for more information on the St. Louis River Water Trail plan.