The Redwood River originates at high elevation, among the wind farms high atop Ruthton's Buffalo Ridge. 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.
At the area around Redwood Falls, paddlers will encounter thick forest and high ridges that tower above the Minnesota River. You will also find a rock ledge that was once dynamited to allow steamboats upstream.
Explore on shore
Phyllis Voosen Wildlife Management Area, river mile 32.6-30
Faxvog Wildlife Management Area, river mile 30-28.5
Sheridan Wildlife Management Area, river mile 13.3
The river passes through several wildlife management areas, great for wildlife watching and other recreation.
DNR regional headquarters
21371 State Highway 15, New Ulm, MN 56073
Nearest medical facilities
300 South Bruce Street, Marshall, MN 56258
100 Fallwood Road, Redwood Falls, MN 56283
A kayaker heads into a pocket of rapids.
The Redwood River in Camden State Park.
Photo by Jon Wood