The Dakota called this river Maya-waka-wapan, or "remarkable river with steep places." Heavily wooded banks meander through the farmland of southwestern Minnesota. Numerous bluffs - some 150 to 200 feet high - add to the beauty of the river. Considered to be family friendly, it is primarily a flat water river with some riffles and Class I rapids. The gradient of the Chippewa River is 4 1/2 feet per mile.
Eating fish from a Minnesota river or lake? Read the MN Department of Health's fish consumption advisory.