This segment of the river opens up to spectacular bluffs and a whole new paddling experience. You will need some paddling skills to avoid snags and downed trees, especially in the backwaters. Although the river is wide in this area, the current can be deceptively swift. Approach the shore with caution. Wakes from large boat traffic should not be taken broadside. 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. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
Mississippi River Water Trail sections and maps:
Washington, Dakota, Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, and Houston Counties, southeastern Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Central Regional Office: (651) 259-5748.