Although the river flows quickly at times, it is generally placid. Most paddlers particularly enjoy the 30-mile segment from Madelia to the river's confluence with the Blue Earth River at Garden City. The focal point for snag removal and maintenance on this river is from river mile 47.6 to the confluence with the Blue Earth River. Some of the most scenic and interesting paddling in this area is found along the stretch below the Rapidan Dam to the confluence of the Blue Earth River and the Minnesota River at Sibley State Park in Mankato. There are no major rapids. About rapids classes. For more information about this river, please refer to the State Highway 4 to LeSueur segment of the Minnesota River.
There are log jams at river mile 39.5 and 40.5. Both are navigable and portaging is not necessary, but paddlers should use care.