Motor boats and barges often throw large wakes that can swamp unsuspecting canoeists. These wakes should not be taken broadside. The Army Corps of Engineers closes the Lower St. Anthony and Ford Locks to recreational traffic when the river is above 30,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). At Lower St. Anthony Lock, portage down to Bohemian Flats at river mile 853.1R. There is no established portage around Ford Lock and Dam. There are no major rapids, but this segment of the Mississippi requires some paddling skills in order to avoid snags, sweepers, and boulders. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
Mississippi River Water Trail sections and maps:
Anoka, Hennepin, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties, east central Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Central Regional Office: (651) 259-5748.