The Redwood River originates near Ruthton, among the wind farms high atop the Buffalo Ridge. The elevation at its source makes the Redwood one of the flashiest rivers in the state. The most canoeable portion of the river begins near Marshall and ends at Lake Redwood in Redwood Falls. Those who wish to continue on to the Minnesota River will have to portage around the Lake Redwood Dam under the Highway 19 Bridge, re-entering in Alexander Ramsey Park.
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)
Local contact and map
Redwood and Lyon Counties, southwestern Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Southern Regional Office: (320) 796-2161.