Paddle the Minnesota River State Water Trail...
In a Day!

Paddle the Minnesota River State Water Trail in a Day

June 11, 2016

Can a 318-mile long river be paddled in a single day? Absolutely, if we all work together! On June 11, we're going to get as many people as possible to paddle every navigable river mile of the Minnesota River State Water Trail, from the headwaters near Big Stone Lake in Ortonville to the confluence of the Minnesota River State Water Trail in St. Paul.


There are many ways to participate...


Paddle alone or with your own group

Claim the river miles you want to paddle! These sections need paddlers:

  • Camp Release to Memorial Park: river miles 265-238
  • Highway 4 to Judson (close to New Ulm, with shuttle service available for group paddles!): river miles 163-116
  • Russel to the Confluence: river miles 10.4-0.0
  • The headwaters area is in need of some adventurous paddlers to navigate the channelized and overgrown sections: river miles 307-285

Contact alexander.watson@state.mn.us for more information about stretches of the river that need participants, and to submit your put-in and take-out points so we can track participation.


Or join one of these organized group paddles


Trip leader:

 

Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

River section:

 

Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (311 to 307) • 4 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly • 3 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Jason Ballard: jason_ballard@fws.gov or 320-273-2508.

Other notes:

 

Meet at the refuge auto tour entrance at 9 a.m. and travel to water access.
Paddle ends around 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

CURE -Brad Fernholz

River section:

 

Marsh Lake and Lac Qui Parle Lake (119 Bridge) • 9 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak and life jacket.

Skill level:

 

Intermediate to advanced • 5 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Peg Furshong: peg@cureriver.org or 877-269-2873.

Other notes:

 

People are to meet at the Coyote Grange Farm (3476 271st Avenue - Appleton) at 10am with their own vessel and participants will depart to Marsh Lake, paddle to the Rookery and then down the river. Participants should pack a lunch.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

CURE

River section:

 

Memorial Park (238.6 R) to Upper Sioux Agency State Park (226.9 R) • 11.7 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak (no wooden canoes).

Skill level:

 

Intermediate to experienced only • 2.5 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Peg Furshong: peg@cureriver.org or 877-269-2873.

Other notes:

 

Class 2-3 rapids, depending on water levels.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

CURE

River section:

 

Skalbekken County Park (224.3 L) to Vicksburg County Park (209.1 L) • 15.2 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak. There are a few canoes and kayaks available.

Skill level:

 

Intermediate • 4 to 5 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Peg Furshong: peg@cureriver.org or 877-269-2873.

Other notes:

 

This is a 15-mile scenic paddle.
Navigate rapids and paddle for 4 to 5 hours.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Tatanka Bluffs Corridor Committee

River section:

 

Vicksburg County Park (209.1 L) to North Redwood (197.5 R) • 11.6 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoes, paddles, and life jackets. There are a few canoes available.

Skill level:

 

3 to 4 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Ted Suss: tedsuss@gmail.com or 507-828-3377.

Other notes:

 

9 a.m. launch.
Bring your lunch.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Minnesota Valley History Learning Center

River section:

 

North Redwood (197.5 R) to Morton (189.7 R) • 7.8 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak, or borrow one for the day! Must pre-register to reserve a canoe or kayak. Shuttle provided.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly3 to 4 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Ann Vote: MVHLC.explorerprogram@gmail.com or 507-697-6119.

Other notes:

 

Arrival time is 8:30 a.m., launch is 9:00 a.m.
Bring your own lunch and water.
Transportation provided from take-out point back to launch.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Minnesota Valley History Learning Center

River section:

 

Morton (189.7 L) to Franklin (179.4 L) • 10.3 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak, or borrow one for the day! Must pre-register to reserve a canoe or kayak. Shuttle provided.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly4 to 5 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Ann Vote: MVHLC.explorerprogram@gmail.com or 507-697-6119.

Other notes:

 

Arrival time is 3 p.m., launch is 3:30 p.m.
Bring your own food and water.
Transportation provided from take-out point back to launch.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Minnesota State Parks and Trails

River section:

 

Mack Lake County Park (170.6 L) to Fort Ridgely State Park (163.6 L) • 7.1 miles

Equipment:

 

Canoes provided (pre-registration required to reserve one), or bring your own canoe or kayak.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly2.5 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Scott Kudelka: scott.kudelka@state.mn.us or 507-384-8890.

 

 

 

Shuttle service offer:

 

Minnesota River Congress

Locations:

 

Between Fort Ridgley State Park (HWY 4 PWA, 163.6 L) and Judson PWA (116.3 R)

Equipment:

 

This is an offer for shuttle service to groups who plan a public paddle along this river section. Contact Lee Ganske at lee.ganske@state.mn.us to set up a shuttle for group paddles.

     

Trip leader:

 

Mankato Paddling and Outing Club

River section:

 

Judson (116.3 R) to Land of Memories Park (105.2 R) • 7.1 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly2.5 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Brad Nawrocki: 507-340-4459.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Bent River Outfitters

River section:

 

Land of Memories Park (105.2 L) to St. Peter (88.9) (TH 99 Landing L)16.3 miles

Equipment:

 

$60 per person. This guided trip provides transportation, lunch, kayaks and canoes, paddles, and life jackets.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly5.5 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Jason Femrite: 507-388-2368.

Other notes:

 

Leave at 9 a.m. from Land of Memories Park in Mankato.
Lunch at Seven Mile County Park.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Joe Delory Group

River section:

 

St. Peter (88.9 L) (TH 99 Landing) to Henderson (67 L) • 22 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak and equipment.

Skill level:

 

Advanced • 6 to 8 hours of calm water paddling

Sign up:

 

Contact Joe Delory: bikenjoe@hickorytech.net or 507-351-4704.

Other notes:

 

Contact ahead to set up shuttles.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Joe Delory Group —half option

River section:

 

LeSueur (74.5 L) to Henderson (67 L) • 7.5 miles

Equipment:

 

Bring your own canoe or kayak and equipment.

Skill level:

 

Advanced • 3 to 4 hours of calm water paddling

Sign up:

 

Contact Joe Delory: bikenjoe@hickorytech.net or 507-351-4704.

Other notes:

 

If you don't want to paddle the full route with the Joe Delory Group, you can cut the distance in half by joining or ending at Le Sueur.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Kerfoot Canopy Tours

River section:

 

Henderson (67.0 L) to Belle Plaine (50.4 L) • 16.7 miles

Equipment:

 

Kayaks and canoes available to rent. Paddles and life jackets provided with rental. The first four kayak rentals of the day are free for River in a Day participants; other rentals will have a cost.

Skill level:

 

Advanced • 6 to 8 hours of calm water paddling

Sign up:

 

Contact Kerfoot Canopy Tours: ktcinfo@ziplinemn.com or 952-873-3901.

Other notes:

 

A shorter paddling option is available.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Minnesota State Parks and Trails

River section:

 

Belle Plain (50.4 L) to Thompson Ferry (40.1 R) • 10.3 miles

Equipment:

 

8 kayaks, paddles, life jackets provided.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly • 4 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Alex Watson: alexander.watson@state.mn.us or 507-359-6062.

Other notes:

 

Trip leaves at 10:00 a.m.
Led by DNR "I Can Paddle!" instructors.

Meet at the Thompson Ferry Unit Water Access: 18478 Quaker Ave., Jordan, MN 55352. 44°43'31.3"N 93°38'28.1"W
From the town of Jordan, go north on Quaker Avenue. The water access will be on your right, just south of the bridge crossing the river. Meet at the take-out; we will provide a shuttle to the put-in. Google Maps This link leads to an external site.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Minnesota State Parks and Trails

River section:

 

Thompson Ferry (40.1 R) to Carver (32.3 L) • 7.8 miles

Equipment:

 

6 canoes, paddles, life jackets provided.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly • 4 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Alex Watson: alexander.watson@state.mn.us or 507-359-6062.

Other notes:

 

Trip leaves at 10:00 a.m.
Led by DNR "I Can Paddle!" instructors.

Meet at the Carver Water Access: 44°46'00.5"N 93°37'01.8"W
From the town of Carver, head northeast on Main Street East. The water access is at the end of the park road. Meet at the take-out; we will provide a shuttle to the put-in. Google Maps This link leads to an external site.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Carver County Parks

River section:

 

Carver PWA (32.3 L) to Shakopee PWA (25.2 L) • 7.5 miles

Equipment:

 

10 canoes, paddles and PFD/life jackets provided. No cost to register. Waiver required (available onsite).

Skill level:

 

Beginner, families welcome ages 6+ • 4 hours

Sign up:

 

Register onlineThis link leads to an external site. or contact Jessica Fenn: jfenn@co.carver.mn.us or 952-466-5261.

Other notes:

 

Paddle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the public access at Riverside Park in Carver: 300 Main St. East, Carver MN 55315.
No shuttle provided, please drop your own car as a shuttle or make your own shuttle arrangements for the take-out in Shakopee.
Bring a sack lunch, snacks, sunscreen, reusable water bottle, shoes that can get wet, and clothing appropriate for the weather.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Friends of the Minnesota Valley

River section:

 

Shakopee (25.2 L) to Bloomington Ferry (15.0 L) • 10 miles

Equipment:

 

Limited seats in canoes available, or bring your own canoe or kayak.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly • 2 to 3 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Ted Suss: tedlsuss@gmail.com.

Other notes:

 

Transportation to and from the launch site is provided, and leaves at 9 a.m.
Shuttle departs from the Shakopee public water access and ends at the pedestrian bridge over the river, at the base of Bloomington Ferry Road
Bring your own lunch and beverage.
Combine this paddle with the Izaak Walton group (below) if you'd like a longer paddle.

 

 

 

Trip leader:

 

Minnesota Valley Izaak Walton League Chapter

River section:

 

Bloomington Ferry (15.0 L) to Russel Landing (10.4 L) • 4.6 miles

Equipment:

 

Limited seats in canoes available, or bring your own canoe or kayak.

Skill level:

 

Family friendly • 2 to 3 hours

Sign up:

 

Contact Ted Suss: tedlsuss@gmail.com.

Other notes:

 

Transportation to and from the launch site is provided, and leaves at 1 p.m.
Starts at the pedestrian bridge over the river, at the base of Bloomington Ferry Road.
Bring your own lunch and beverage.
Combine this paddle with the Friends of the Minnesota Valley group (immediately above) if you'd like a longer paddle.