Once a vital highway for Indians, explorers, traders, and settlers, the Minnesota River is now a placid route. Enjoy the variety of wildlife that this river has to offer. This segment of the river is quite gentle and easy to canoe on. It curves gently up to Fort Snelling and does not have any rapids or dams to portage. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
Flooding and high water alert
Safety officials warn paddlers, boaters and swimmers to pay attention to river levels. High water levels mean fast moving water with a lot of debris. Avoid rivers if there is a high water alert, check the area for other locations that are at a safer level. Always wear a life jacket and let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return.
(Updated June 25, 2018)
Minnesota River Water Trail sections and maps:
- Ortonville to Granite Falls (Map, GeoPDF Map)
- Granite Falls to State Hwy 4 (Map, GeoPDF Map)
- State Hwy 4 to LeSueur (Map, GeoPDF Map)
- LeSueur to Fort Snelling (Map, GeoPDF Map)
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Le Sueur, Sibley, Scott, Carver, Hennepin, and Dakota Counties, southeastern Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Central Regional Office: (651) 259-5841.