Below Little Falls, the Mississippi River begins to lose the wilderness character of its upper reaches. Stretches of scenic riverscape are interspersed with houses, farms, and urban areas. Four dams must be portaged in this segment. Paddlers should watch for dams and know on which side to portage or lock. Do not cross the river directly above dams. There are no major rapids, but use caution, as the current can be deceptively strong in places. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
Mississippi River Water Trail sections and maps:
Morrison, Stearns, and Benton Counties, central Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Central Regional Office: (651) 259-5748.