St. Louis River Alliance

On the Water Guides

The St. Louis River Alliance’s 66-page, full color edition of “On The Water Guide for Paddlers and Boaters” is available in our office and at local businesses. While this guide is not intended for navigational purposes, it provides a wealth of information for anyone wishing to explore the river by boat. The SLRA first published this guide in 2001, and this new edition has information that was in the original edition, as well as expanded and updated sections. This edition includes sections of the river that were not part of the original guide.

There are now maps of 14 sections of the river from the Fond du Lac dam to Allouez Bay. Each map includes points of interest and/or history for that section. There is also sections on the geologic, natural and cultural history of the river, including pre- and postindustrial history. It also has information about the habitat along the river as well as plants, mammals, fish and birds. New features also include Guidelines for Safe Boating on the St Louis River There is an expanded bird list as well as information about the recovery effort of the Lake Sturgeon.

The St. Louis River Alliance staff was assisted in this new edition with input from local boaters, resident, local history experts and partnering agencies. This project was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management, in conjunction with the Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

These new guides are currently available free of charge at the follow places:

Duluth Locations

Duluth Parks and Recreation, 411 W 1st Street -Ground Level

Great Lakes Fly Shop, 4426 Regent St

Marine General, 1501 London Rd

MN Dept of Natural Resources, there are various DNR locations in Duluth /Two Harbors area- call ahead to ask if guides are available at that location.

MN Sea Grant Program, 31 W College St

St Louis Rive Alliance, 394 S Lake Ave, Suite 208

Ski Hut East, 1032 E 4th Street

Ski Hut West, 5607 Grand Ave

Spirit Lake Marina, 121 Spring St

Willard Munger Inn, 7804 Grand Ave

Hermantown Location

Gander Mountain, 4275 Haines Road

Superior Locations

Barkers Island Marina Ship Store, 250 Marina Dr

Billings Park ICO Convenience Store. 2704 N 21st St

National Estuarine Research Reserve, 14 Marina Dr

Northwest Outlet, 1814 Belknap Ave

The Bait Box, 3729 E St

Superior Fly Angler, 310 Belknap Ave

Superior Parks and Recreation, 1316 N 14th St

UW Sea Grant, 14 Marina Dr

WI Dept of Natural Resources, 1704 N 4th St