The Minnesota River flows 318 miles from Big Stone Lake in Ortonville to its confluence with the Mississippi River near Fort Snelling in St. Paul. It is a gentle, placid river, with some portions designated as a Wild and Scenic River.
The valley through which the river flows was carved into the landscape by the glacial River Warren between 11,700 and 9,400 years ago. Paddlers will see a diversity of terrain, ranging from steep granite bluffs to marshy lowlands.
This river was important during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Learn more.
The Minnesota River State Water Trail is at or above flood stage. It is extremely dangerous, with swift currents and large amounts of debris. Paddling and boating is not recommended until water levels return to normal.