Cottonwood River State Water Trail

Cottonwood River

The canoeable portion of this river begins in Springfield and ends 58 river miles later when it empties into the Minnesota River near New Ulm. The focal point for snag removal and maintenance on this river is from river mile 31.4 to the confluence with the Minnesota River. Carved out some 10,000 years ago, the steep slopes are now saturated with maple, basswood, and hackberry trees, with oak and red cedar on the sunny side. There are no major rapids. About rapids classes. The best place to begin a trip is at the Highway 4 access south of Sleepy Eye or several miles downstream at the County Road 11 access. The take-out point is either at the Cottonwood Street bridge near Highway 15 or you can continue on down to the confluence of the Minnesota River and then several miles downstream to the Courtland access.

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Brown County, south central Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Southern Regional Office: (507) 359-6067.

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