The Des Moines River is between 50 and 200 feet wide. It flows through a flat iron-shaped plateau, called the "Coteau de Prairies" by early French explorers. This gentle river is perfect for beginning paddlers when water levels are normal, but can flow quickly after significant rainfall. river has few rapids, none more difficult than Class I. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
Local contact and map
Murray, Cottonwood, and Jackson Counties, southwestern Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Southern Regional Office: (507) 359-6067.