The difficulty of the Snake River varies greatly. Water levels can fluctuate greatly in the spring, depending on rainfall. There are some nice campsites along this river. From Silver Star Road to County Road 3, the upper Snake is dotted with rapids and falls ranging from Class I-IV, depending on water levels. From Mora to Pine City, the river is more gentle with very few rapids. Below Cross Lake, the pace picks up again and the river shoots through a series of Class I-III rapids and pools, dropping 136 feet in its last 12 miles. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
River bridge project in Pine City
The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation (MNDOT) is working on the I-35 Snake River Bridge in Pine City, starting this week. The project lasts through Oct. 2018. Water trail users should be aware that contractors may block passage under the bridge temporarily when placing beams or for other safety concerns. MNDOT will allow periodic river passage, but wait times could be up to an hour.
(Updated May 2, 2018)
Local contact and map
Aitkin, Kanabec, and Pine Counties, east central Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Moose Lake Area Office: (218) 460-7021.