Located on the St. Louis River Estuary in Superior, Wisconsin

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve works in partnership to improve the understanding of Lake Superior’s coast and estuaries. We address issues affecting the watershed through integration of research, education, outreach and stewardship.

March 1-3, 2021 • VIRTUAL

St. Louis River Summit

Resilient Ecosystems, Resilient Communities

Given the challenges we’ve faced at every scale over last year, this year’s St. Louis River Summit theme, “Resilient Ecosystems, Resilient Communities,” is meant to highlight the many ways the St. Louis River Estuary contributes to community well-being in the Twin Ports and beyond.

Join us to celebrate the power of the Estuary as we review our successes and look toward the future in this 11th year of the Summit.

Event Details and Registration

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and guidelines from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW–Madison, and federal agencies the Estuarium is closed and our facilities will have limited availability and access. Our staff are working remotely and many of our events have been postponed. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Science Communication Series

This winter, build your professional communication skills

Choose from among ten top-notch workshops and webinars in our “Science Communication Strategies for a Changing Lake Superior” series to gain confidence in your communication skills whether you are a scientist, government employee, or in any line of coastal management work.

Science Communication Series

Lake Superior High Water Spotter

Help document shoreline impacts from water levels

This year the water levels across the Great Lakes are predicted to once again be very high. We’re gathering photos from around Lake Superior that capture what these conditions look like to establish a visual record.

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Lake Superior Day, Lake Superior Community Celebration

Less Screens, More Streams

St. Louis River Field School

Virtual and homeschool learners in grades 6-8 are invited to take learning outside with science and education staff from the Reserve. Taking place at different locations along the St. Louis River, including Wisconsin Point and the Superior Municipal Forest, each of these monthly, hands-on experiences will provide a place for students to unplug outdoors and gain an appreciation of the St. Louis River.

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young students smile while paddling a canoe

2020-2025 Reserve Management Plan

Request for Comments

A draft of the Lake Superior Reserve 2020-2025 Management Plan is posted in the Federal Register and open for public comment. Please review the plan and submit comments to the public record on or before December 2, 2020.

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