Watonwan River State Water Trail

Kayaking on the Watonwan River

The Watonwan River is usually calm, but can flow quickly at times. Many paddlers enjoy the 30-mile segment from Madelia to the river's confluence with the Blue Earth River at Garden City. You'll pass sloping, tree-lined banks with farmland just beyond. There are no major rapids. Be alert for the occasional snag (fallen tree), which may tip an unwary paddler.

Established in 1996 as a state water trail, the Watonwan River's name has changed slightly from its original name, Watanwan, which means "where fish bait abounds" in Dakota.

River locator map


River segments and maps

This river has only one segment. Get maps and more information.

Note: the Watonwan River shares a map with the Blue Earth River.

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