Paddlefish historically occurred in the Minnesota River to Granite Falls, the Mississippi River to St. Anthony Falls and the St. Croix River to Taylors Falls. Today Minnesota's paddlefish range has shrunk to small populations in the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, including Lake St. Croix and Lake Pepin, with occasional reports from other waters.

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