Northlanders, Mayor Ness, paddle on in annual St. Louis River canoe tour

By KBJR News 1

August 16, 2014 Updated Aug 16, 2014 at 10:35 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Around 70 people braved the Northland's scattered showers Saturday morning to take part in an annual canoe tour of the Saint Louis River.

People from all skill levels, even some who had never been in a canoe or kayak before, took part in Saturday's tour which began at the boat landing in Smithville.

Even Duluth Mayor Don Ness and his family took place in the activities.

The tour took paddlers to the U.S. Steel site and Spirit Island, and included discussions on Native American history along the river, and plant identification.

St. Louis River Alliance project manager Kris Eilers says she hopes people saw the river's beauty, and connected with it.

"We would like to create stewards of the river, and [have them] become a member of the Saint Louis River Alliance," said Eilers.

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