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About the St. Louis River

The St. Louis River, the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior, drains 3,634 square miles, entering the southwestern corner of the lake between Duluth, MN and Superior, WI. The river fows 179 miles. The last 29-mile stretch of river has the characteristics of three rivers in one. Ferocious rapids can be found upstream with a 4-mile section of the river between Scanlon and Carlton, lined with nine rapids of Class I-IV diffculty - favored by kayakers and canoeists.

As the river fows east towards Spirit Lake Marina & RV, it takes the form of a large, wide navigable fishing river. As it continues east it widens into a 12,000 acre freshwater estuary. Finally, it is transformed into the furthest inland international sea port in the world.

The St. Louis River is one of the largest walleye spawning areas in Minnesota. The walleyes from Lake Superior make the trip from the lake up the river to the Fon du Lac Dam to spawn. Therefore during the early season you can expect to have great fshing and a chance at a trophy walleye. The estuary also holds muskies, as well as the walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike found elsewhere on the river. In addition, tens of thousands of sturgeon released into the river over the past two decades have started to breed.