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Explore the Lake Superior Reserve

The Lake Superior Reserve spans more than 16,000 acres of public land at the confluence of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior—the largest and most pristine of the Great Lakes. The Reserve encompasses many diverse habitats including riparian and riverine habitat; islands; emergent and interdunal wetlands and scrub swamp; aspen, dry and hardwood forests; and open sand beach and dunes. An exceptional location for birding, fishing, hunting and paddling, we invite you to get out and explore.

Visit the Reserve’s Public Lands and Waters

The St. Louis River Estuary is a rich, unique and diverse place to explore. From sandy beaches to protected bays valued for bass, walleye and muskie fishing, to the wild Red River Breaks, the river provides a wilderness experience within 10 minutes of Superior. The land and water within the Reserve boundaries offer a great introduction to the estuary. See the map below to explore the forests, wetlands, and waterways that make up the Lake Superior Reserve.

St Louis River Estuary National Water Trail brochure

St. Louis River National Water Trail

The St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail is a multi-use waterway enabling the public to experience the St. Louis River Estuary amidst the urban landscape of the Twin Ports. Maps produced and printed by the St. Louis River Alliance.

people sitting on sandy beach on a sunny day

Upcoming Events at the Reserve

Visit our events calendar for the latest happenings at the Lake Superior Reserve and the Lake Superior Estuarium.