Minnesota River State Water Trail: Granite Falls to State Highway 4

Minnesota River Water Trail
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This segment of the river is gentle, seldom interrupted by rapids. This stretch is designated as a Wild and Scenic River. The area is also rich in Minnesota history, and offers some of the most impressive landscapes in southwestern Minnesota. There is a class I rapids at Patterson's Rapids near Renville County Park. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.

Visitor alert

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)

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Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Renville, Redwood, Nicollet, and Brown Counties, southwestern Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Southern Regional Office: (320) 359-6067.

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