Redefining the Classroom

Community Outreach

LSSU faculty and students host and participate in workshops and public meetings to inform and educate the public about regional issues affecting aquatic ecosystems. In addition, the ARL works with the St. Marys River Bi-national Public Advisory Council, the Chippewa/East Mackinac Conversation District, the St. Marys Fisheries Task Force, the Citizen Science program, the Sustainable Sault Coalition, and regional sporting clubs. The ARL is open to the public for tours and helps with several summer science camps.  

ARL Tours

Our lab facilities are open to the public and we are happy to accomodate anyone who would like a tour. When you visit us on the beautiful St. Marys River you will witness the various stage of rearing fish -- from egg collection to hatching of the offspring -- and then you will see full grown fish in our tanks. Our students at the laboratory will show you the research projects they are working on and you will also be able to talk with the professors conducting their own research. Everyone is encouraged to tour our facilities -- whether you are with a tour group, a class, or a prospective student. If you are interested in visiting us, please contact Roger Greil at (906) 635-1949 for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Directions to the ARL

From Interstate 75 take exit 394. Travel east on Easterday Avenue for about 1.5 miles. Bear left onto Ord St. Turn left onto Portage Avenue (I-75 Business Spur). Take the first right onto Salmon Run Way. You have arrived!



The Aquatic Research Laboratory is housed in the east end of the Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydropower plant along the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Kid's Fishing Pond

The City of Sault Ste. Marie opened a kids' fishing pond in a city park, inspiring what has become a summer tradition. Maintained and operated since 2004 by the city, Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Lake Superior State University, and a growing number of donors and volunteers, the pond provides a place for young residents and visitors to wet a line while having a very good chance at catching a fish. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout each summer, with a blocker net creating the angling area at Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie from June to September.

"In our experience, young anglers can lose interest quickly," says Roger Greil, who manages the pond and the LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory. "While fishing at this pond, there always seems to be someone catching fish. Everyone who has seen it agrees that it is a great thing for our kids and provides a wonderful opportunity for young anglers under 17 years old to fish."

Lunch on the River

We have the good fortune to live in an area with an amazing, globally significant natural feature, the St. Marys River. But it’s all too easy to take it for granted. To encourage people to take time to get out to the river and appreciate it, BPAC (the Binational Public Advisory Council for the St. Marys River Area of Concern) hosts the Lunch on the River series. Begun in 2011, this informal event is designed simply to get people to take a midday break, bring their lunch to a selected park on the river and join like-minded people in learning more about projects that enhance the river as a special place. We pick a Friday in June, July, August and September, pick a park, line up a local speaker and invite any interested people to join us. Topics include upcoming research projects, restoration projects, place-making activities, or other work planned or underway by BPAC, LSSU, the city, local agencies and organizations. But honestly, the real intention is to just give people an excuse to enjoy a midday break on the amazing resource that is our river.

ARL Newsletter

In this issue...

  • LSSU alums combine efforts
  • Center for Aquaculture Technologies
  • Hello Dr. Kapuscinski
  • Alumni profile - Scott Koproski '97
  • Another EPA GRO fellowship!
  • Frog-bit invades Raber Bay
  • Little Rapids have a big impact

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