Paddling is not recommended on some rivers at this time. Many are overflowing their banks, and the water is both cold and very fast. Check river gauges and levels here, and please use great caution when you are out paddling!
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.