Boat launch completed at Pokegama Bay
The goal of the Pokegama Bay rustic boat launch project in the Superior Municipal Forest was to create and improve safe water access as well as offer local communities a new way to enjoy the Pokegama River. The new boat launch was completed on the St. Louis River estuary, thanks to a partnership between NOAA, the Lake Superior Reserve, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and the City of Superior.
“Now hunters, fishermen, school groups and families will be able to both enjoy the water and understand more about the estuary in their backyard. Getting close to a resource helps you to love it and you have to love something in order to want to protect it.” says Deanna Erickson, Director of the Lake Superior Reserve.
The new facility includes restrooms, parking, native plants, a dock and a boat and paddle craft launch. It connects people to the St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail and numerous hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.
The city of Superior and Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted a celebration of the new access to the St. Louis River Estuary National Water Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony, snacks, and free canoe rides to test out the new launch.