The St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail is still awaiting official designation from the National Park Service and U.S. Interior Department, but new maps of the water routes are hot off the press.

The high-detail, 22-by-23-inch color maps are free and show 11 loop tails along the lower St. Louis River Estuary between Duluth and Superior that are aimed at kayakers and canoeists.

PDF versions are also available at www.stlouisriver.org/national-water-trail-map.

Maps will be distributed from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at Munger Landing, Sept. 9 at Chambers Grove Park and Sep. 16 at Boy Scout Landing. You can also get a hard copy of the map from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. outside the office of the St. Louis River Alliance in the DeWitt-Seitz Building in Duluth's Canal Park, 304 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 208, on any day the building is open.

The review committee from the National Park Service in 2017 made the recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior to designate the St. Louis River Estuary Water Trail as part of the larger National Water Trail System. Official designation is expected soon.

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The St. Louis River Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization of river stewards working together to protect, restore and enhance the St. Louis River.

For more information, go to www.StLouisRiver.org/National-Water-Trail or call 218-733-9520.