Paddle Safe

Twin Ports

About Paddle Safe Twin Ports

Project Overview


The Duluth-Superior Harbor, St. Louis River estuary, and the nearby north and south shores of Lake Superior support a diverse array of user groups. Novice paddlers and freighter captains share these beautiful waters. Increased recreational traffic in this working harbor prompted the formation of a Harbor Safety Work Group to address the potential need for enhanced recreational boating safety programs and messaging. In 2020, the group received a Short Term Action Request (STAR) grant from Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program to develop this website and launch site signs promoting paddle safety in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin.


The Harbor Safety Work Group is a diverse team of engaged participants with vested interest in the success of this project and who can provide relevant perspectives on recreational boating safety. The project team is led by representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Metropolitan Interstate Council, and Minnesota Sea Grant. The team is a working group of the Navigation Subcommittee of the Harbor Technical Advisory Committee. Other project partners in the work group include: University of Minnesota Duluth Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, local paddling outfitters, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Parks and Trails and the Coastal Program), cities of Duluth and Superior, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Duluth-Superior Power Squadron, and the Duluth Boat Club.


  • For project information contact: Kelsey Prihoda, Sea Grant Great Lakes Transport Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant,

This website was prepared by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program using federal funds under awards NA18NOS4190081 and NA22NOS4190054 from the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or the MNDNR.

All photos are courtesy of Minnesota Sea Grant.

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