Traveling from Ortonville to Granite Falls, paddlers will see a diversity of terrain, from steep granite bluffs to marshy lowlands. The Minnesota River is rich in natural beauty, flowing through a wide valley carved out by the ancient River Warren. This segment is designated as a Wild and Scenic River. There are some Class I rapids and dams which need to be portaged. 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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Lac qui Parle, Chippewa, and Yellow Medicine Counties, southwestern Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Southern Regional Office: (320) 359-6067.