13th Annual

St. Louis River Summit

March 8-10, 2023

We’re looking forward to the 13th year of the St. Louis River Summit, and a return to hosting most of this event at the Yellowjacket Union on the campus of UW-Superior. It feels like coming home! In 2023, the Summit program will begin with a half day virtual program on March 8 and will move into two full days of in-person sessions on March 9 and 10 at the Yellowjacket Union.    

The Summit features a single main session track of speakers as well as an evening poster session and a River Talk. By popular demand, there will once again be field trip opportunities. View the Summit agenda below.

Call for Abstracts

You are invited to submit an abstract for the 13th Annual St. Louis River Summit. Presentations may cover a broad range of topics related to the St. Louis River.

Call for Abstracts

2023 Summit Cost & Registration

Join us in celebrating the St. Louis River Estuary.

  • General Admission $60. Attend all three days of the Summit (virtual and in-person).
  • Virtual Session Admission $25. Attend the virtual half-day program on March 8th. Free field trip registration also available for Virtual Session admission.
  • Students FREE. Students of any grade level or status may attend all three days of the Summit program at no charge.
Registration opens January 2023

Registration provides access to the following:

  • inspiring keynotes
  • presentations about current St. Louis River work
  • in-person poster session
  • networking sessions
  • optional in-person field trips
  • access to virtual Zoom session links

What is the St. Louis River Summit?

The Summit is a multi-day opportunity to learn and share about the St. Louis River.

Like an estuary, the St. Louis River Summit is a place where people meet and mix. It provides a diversity of solutions and strategies for a healthy St. Louis River watershed and nourishes the community with education and outreach opportunities. Since 2010, the St. Louis River Summit has brought together key audiences working in the region.

The Summit provides many learning opportunities.
Join us in learning about the following:

  • the status and findings of current research
  • the results of implementing projects
  • ideas and status of future work

2023 St. Louis River Summit Overview

Request Accommodations

The Lake Superior Reserve strives to make programming accessible and accommodating to all in attendance. We invite you to make our event planning team aware of accommodations and/or accessibility requests that will allow you to participate fully in this event. Please reach out to Karina Heim at karina.heim@wisc.edu or (715) 399-4089 with any requests or questions about accommodations at this year’s Summit.

Agenda at a Glance


9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Field Trips Around the St. Louis River Estuary

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Summit program (Zoom)

7:00 p.m.
In-person River Talk at the Lake Superior Reserve


8:30am–12:00 p.m.
Main Summit Program
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union, Great Room

12:00–1:30 p.m.
Networking Sessions and Lunch Break
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union

1:30 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Main Summit Program
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union, Great Room

4:30–6:30 p.m.
In-Person Poster Session
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union, Great Room


8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Main Summit Program
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union, Great Room

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Networking Sessions and Lunch Break
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union

1:30–5:00 p.m.
Main Summit Program
UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union, Great Room

Session Descriptions

Summit Program

At the St. Louis River Summit, we encourage speakers from across disciplines to share their knowledge in a space where everyone learns together. This event clusters submitted talks of 10 or 20 minutes on a variety of river-related topics into sessions across multiple days. This year, the first day of session talks on March 8 will take place in a virtual Zoom environment, and the second and third days of session talks on March 9 and 10 will be delivered live in-person at the Yellowjacket Union on the UW-Superior campus. The session full schedule will become available in early February.

Networking Sessions

People with shared interests and unique knowledge have a lot to talk about when they come together! The Summit strives to support collaboration on timely topics to the St. Louis River community by creating space for networking sessions.  These optional sessions are established through the submission of an abstract indicating interest in hosting a conversation or smaller work session during the Summit. This year, networking sessions will be held in side rooms at the Yellowjacket Union during the lunch hour on March 9 and 10. Session topics will be announced in early February.

In-Person Poster Session

All registered Summit attendees are welcome to attend the event’s poster session, where presenters highlight updates from new and ongoing projects connected to the St. Louis River area. New this year: we’ve issued a call for artist submissions at the poster session! Art and poster submissions will be featured alongside each other. This session is an opportunity to connect with colleagues and community members. This year, the poster session will be hosted in-person at UW-Superior’s Yellowjacket Union in the early evening of March 9. The session will make use of the ample space in the Great Room to showcase posters and art, and light refreshments will be served. A cash bar will be available.

In-Person Field Trips

For the second year in a row, the Summit is offering an opportunity for attendees to step away from their desks, get out and experience this amazing place! There are four field trip opportunities that attendees can choose from and sign up for at the time of registration. Field trips are space-limited, and will be available until full.


This year’s event is “History and Stories of the Estuary”.

This event will be held at the Lake Superior Reserve Confluence Room at 3 Marina Drive on Barkers Island in Superior, WI.

For questions about this River Talk event, please reach out to Deanna Erickson at 715-399-4086 or deanna.erickson@wisc.edu.

March 8 and 9 in-person Summit events at the Yellowjacket Union

This year, two days of the Summit main session, networking sessions and the poster session will be held in-person at UW-Superior’s Yellowjacket Union (YU) on March 9 and 10. The YU is located on the UW-Superior campus. Get directions to YU. All sessions will be held on the second floor of the YU. An elevator is available to reach the second floor and accessible parking is available. There will be signage to help you find your way to the YU’s Great Room and adjacent rooms where events are being held.

Parking at Yellowjacket Union

To park at the YU, please use only lots 2 or 11 (the two parking lots located north of the Union, view campus map). Guests should only park in unmetered and unmarked parking spaces. Please do not park in spaces that are reserved with signage, have a Yellowjacket sign, or that have a meter. Unmarked and unreserved spaces without a meter in lots 2 and 11 are available to Summit guests.


Restrooms, including a gender neutral bathroom, are located on the same floor just down the hall from the rooms where Summit events are taking place.


Currently, the Yellowjacket Union is not requiring the use of masks inside their building. We encourage Summit attendees to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and for the safety of all please do not attend if there is reason to believe you may have COVID-19. We encourage everyone to test for COVID-19 before attending this event.


Questions about the summit?

Deanna Erickson, Lake Superior Reserve Director

A note about advocacy and the St. Louis River Summit

The St. Louis River Summit is intended to facilitate shared community dialog related to socio-ecological issues and natural and social science in the St. Louis River estuary. The Summit is organized and financially supported by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with help from many generous sponsors. As a part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension and the NOAA-led National Estuarine Research Reserve system, the Reserve itself does not engage in advocacy and as state employees, staff follow clear guidelines. The views of presenters and sponsors who participate in the Summit are theirs or their organizations and do not represent the views, mission or work of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.