Cedar River State Water Trail

Water characteristics - check the water level report.
This moderately flowing river is perfect for beginning canoeists, as it does not offer a host of challenges. This section of river does not have any rapids, but there can always be snags and overhanging trees. The water is highest in spring, and there have been historical floods on this section of the Cedar. The water levels are usually sufficient for canoeing throughout the summer.

Bridge over Cedar River.Landscape - The native tree species surrounding this stretch are bur oak savanna, tallgrass prairie and maple basswood forest. The bur oak is mostly on moraine ridges, the prairie on level or gently rolling hills, while the maple and basswood are in steep ravines or near streams. This stretch offers a pleasantly wooded paddle for canoeists, and also flows through agricultural land.

Bur oak tree on a grassy slope.

Fish and wildlife - Notable fishing spots include the area around Austin for small mouth bass, and around Lansing there have been reports of northern pike. There are also walleye and bullheads, but bass, especially small mouth and rock bass are most commonly caught. This stretch of river to the Iowa border is a good spot for Anglers to hook some fish.

Sandhill Crane

The Minnesota Department of Health has guidelines for consuming fish taken from Minnesota's lakes and rivers. Go to the Fish Consumption Advisory Page to find out more.

Some interesting and rare wildlife can also be seen on this stretch of river including the blanding’s turtle, wood turtles, western fox snakes, Ozark minnows, sandhill cranes, and several species of mussels.Trees overhanging banks along the Cedar River.