Minnesota River State Water Trail

Minnesota River Water Trail

The Minnesota River flows 318 miles from Big Stone Lake in Ortonville to its confluence with the Mississippi River near Fort Snelling in St. Paul. It is a gentle, placid river, with some portions designated as a Wild and Scenic River. The valley through which the river flows was carved into the landscape by the glacial River Warren between 11,700 and 9,400 years ago. Paddlers will see a diversity of terrain, ranging from steep granite bluffs to marshy lowlands.

This river was important during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

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Minnesota River GeoStory from American Rivers/National Geographic