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Recommended paddling trips

There are 35 Minnesota state water trails, including the north shore of Lake Superior, and most Minnesotans live within an hour of a state water trail. Are you ready to start paddling? We've put together a few suggested trips for you to start with.


Day trips from the Twin Cities metro area

Cannon River State Water Trail

St. Croix River State Water Trail

Crow River State Water Trail, North Fork

Rum River State Water Trail

Mississippi River State Water Trail - option one

Mississippi River State Water Trail - option two


Weekend overnight trips

St. Croix River State Water Trail (two trips)

Root River State Water Trail

Zumbro River State Water Trail


Whitewater rivers (experienced whitewater paddlers only)

Rapids classes defined

Kettle River State Water Trail

St. Louis River State Water Trail

Snake River State Water Trail

Vermilion River State Water Trail