Parks & Recreation

Waabizheshikana Heritage Trail Interpretive Plan


Project Status: Planning

Project Overview:

The City of Duluth will coordinate a stakeholder-driven Heritage Trail Interpretive Plan that defines important themes of interpretation along Waabizheshikana ("The Marten Trail"), previously known as the Western Waterfront Trail (WWFT). Waabizheshikana consists of an existing 3.3-mile segment that traverses the western shoreline of the St. Louis River. The trail will eventually be extended to a roughly 10-mile continuous recreational trail. The purpose of this planning effort is to produce a Heritage Trail Interpretive Plan that will focus on the themes, mediums and stories of the people and its region. The plan will focus on historical, cultural, spiritual, and ecological lessons the river has to teach.

Project Update:

The City began the planning process in spring 2020. A Heritage Trail Interpretive Plan is expected to be completed by fall 2020. 

Funding Source:

This project is funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under Award NA19NOS4190063 provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program.