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Minnesota State Water Trails


Minnesota state water trails feature some of the best paddling anywhere in the state. A water trail is a stretch of river or lake that is mapped and managed especially for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping. There are 35 Minnesota state water trails featuring public water accesses, campsites, rest areas and over 4,500 miles of paddling. Most Minnesotans live within an hour of a state water trail, so get out there and start paddling!

Visitor Alert:

Rainfall amounts can vary greatly across the state. River levels in some parts of the state may be very high with travel not recommended. Please determine your travel plans by selecting a river with water levels suitable for you to safely enjoy based upon your level of experience.

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