St. Louis River

Location: 2nd Floor

The St. Louis River is the largest river flowing into Lake Superior. Home to sturgeon, northern pike, bass, and a variety of other fish species, it is a popular angling location. Clay banks, forest habitat, and wetlands line the river and provide shelter for a variety of birds and terrestrial animals.

At Great Lakes Aquarium, the slow-flowing St. Louis River exhibit provides a contrast to the fast-moving Baptism River. Typical of rivers on Lake Superior’s south shore, it is warmer and more alkaline than north shore streams. If you were to paddle its length, you would find slow-moving waters interspersed with class I-III rapids. In human history, the St. Louis River has been used heavily for transportation, power generation, and recreation.

Stare into St. Louis River to find fish, turtles, and waterfowl of the St. Louis River!