Mississippi River State Water Trail: Palisade to Brainerd

Mississippi River Trail
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The river is quiet from Palisade to Brainerd, allowing for a relaxing trip through both farmland and forested areas, with good opportunities to see wildlife and catch fish. This segment is part of the Mississippi Headwaters River Trail, which consists of the first 420 miles of the river. This section of the river has no major rapids and does not require experienced paddling skills. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.

Visitor alert

Public Water Access closure

Half Moon Landing is closed until further notice; river mile 1016.9(R).

Hassman campsite closed

Hassman campsite is closed, due to erosion; river mile 1071.2(L).

(Updated Aug. 7, 2018)

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Local contact

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Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties, north central Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Brainerd Area Office: (218) 833-8710.

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