The canoeable portion of the Cottonwood River begins in the city of Springfield and ends 58 river miles later when it empties into the Minnesota River near New Ulm. There are no major rapids, which makes this a good river for beginning paddlers.
The river was established in 1996 as a state water trail, and is named for the abundance of cottonwood trees found along its banks.
River segments and maps
This river has only one segment. Get maps and more information.
Note: The Cottonwood River shares a map with the Minnesota River (Map 4).