Safety and rules on Minnesota state water trails


Plan a safe trip

  • Plan your trip with a map before you leave. Tell someone your plans, including put-in and take-out times.
  • Travel with a companion or group.
  • Most people paddle 2-3 river miles per hour.
  • River levels can affect your speed and trip safety. Check conditions before you go.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of wind and waves, especially on large lakes.
  • Be cautious of obstacles in the river and avoid overhanging and dead trees.
  • Bring clean drinking water and a waterproof container with a first aid kit, waterproof matches and extra clothes.
  • Wear a life jacket at all times while on the water.
  • Purchase a license for your non-motorized watercraft if it’s more than 10 feet in length. If you’re not from Minnesota, check your state’s watercraft license laws.