Paddling Minnesota  by Greg Breining

Paddling Minnesota Guide Book

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)
Paddling Minnesota  by Greg Breining
Minnesota, the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' is replete with wonderful paddling options for everyone—from families seeking serene waters for youngsters, to expert kayakers looking to test their skills on ripping rapids. This guide, an update of Greg Breining's Official State Guide, includes more than 100 trips and 23 brand-new paddles that represent the full range of paddling experiences Minnesota has to offer, from paddles down the Minnehaha Creek in the heart of the Twin Cities, to excursions through the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in the remote northern reaches of the state. Minnesota is a paddler's playground, and this guide is the key to discovering the many wonders of its clear, blue waters.

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Trails from the "Paddling Minnesota" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 142.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 142.

Typical of North Shore streams, the Baptism is steep, twisting, and potentially lethal. The Baptism is as good an introduction as any to the North Shore streams. It’s easier than many (albeit, only ...
Finland, MN - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 3.7
After a tumultuous descent at Big Falls, the Big Fork meanders placidly to its meeting with the Rainy River. It’s a good stretch for canoe camping or fishing. The major scenic attraction in this st ...
Big Falls, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 52
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The Big Fork provides the occasional wild ride as it flows past a mix of forest land and farms. With many developed campsites, it’s a good choice for an overnight trip. The trip down the upper Big ...
Dora Lake, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing,Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 79.8
The Big Fork travels placidly across the boggy and forested northern Minnesota landscape. This section affords a lazy paddle and remote camping. This quiet and often sandy stretch of river flows u ...
Effie, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 38.5
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Birch Lake is an excellent lake to explore with a canoe or kayak. It winds through the rock outcrops and forests north of Babbitt. It stretches more than 20 miles and totals 7800 acres. The 80-mi ...
Babbitt, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 20
The upper Blue Earth is a typical Minnesota farmland river, running through looping meanders and screened from surrounding farm fields by woodlands along its banks and bottomlands. Put in on the Ea ...
Blue Earth, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 88.5
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In medium to high water, the Blue Earth provides a quick, fun run down one of the most beautiful valleys in southwestern Minnesota. Avoid the turbulence below the Rapidan Dam. Below the dam, the Bl ...
Mankato, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 11.9
A trip to Basswood Lake doesn't require much portaging but puts the paddler into some of the best fishing in Minnesota. With hundreds of lakes and few serious anglers at work, the Boundary Waters o ...
Ely, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length:
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Here's a trip that provides great fishing and backwoods travel - if you're ready to portage. Put in on the small creek leading to Mudro Lake. Paddle to the northern corner of the lake and follow a ...
Ely, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 36
This is a great trip short trip- perfectly suited for beginners- with a short portage and a surprise at the end. Portage into North Hegmen and paddle to the narrows at the far end of the lake to view ...
Ely, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4
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If you like the idea of paddling and portaging deep into the woods, here's a trip for you. The total distance is 35 miles and 35 portages, including a monster carry of 1.5 miles near the end. Paddl ...
Tofte, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 35
The Boy River is a quiet, slow stream that winds past unsettled forest and marsh. Begin your trip at the public access on the so-called South Bay of Inguadona Lake. The name of this long, narrow lake ...
Longville, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 22.8
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The Brule roars through one big, distinctive rapid after another as it races toward the big lake. Big drops don’t give you much notice. The run begins with a little Class II warm-up water. But a ...
Hovland, MN - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 9.1
The Cannon races through a series of easy rapids and passes tall, rocky bluffs on its way to the Mississippi River. Less than a mile below the put-in, the Cannon runs through the largest rapids o ...
Cannon Falls, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 19.1
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The upper Cannon is an intimate, wooded stream with gentle current. Start this trip at the Two Rivers access, at the confluence of the Straight and Cannon Rivers. With a drainage of 443 square miles, ...
Faribault, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 28.2
The Cedar is a small farmland river, screened from the surrounding agricultural landscape by a think veil of woods. The Cedar flows through southern Minnesota as a small farmland river. Only after ...
Lansing, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 30
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The Chippewa River provides a pleasant run through southwestern Minnesota’s farmland. Begin your trip at the city park at Benson (river mile 52.0). The Chippewa River provides a wooded retreat in the ...
Benson, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 39.3
The wild upper stretch of the Cloquet makes a two-day canoe trip with enough rapids to keep the paddling interesting. Forest wildlife that you might see includes ospreys, bald eagles, black bears, moo ...
Brimson, MN - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 37
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The Cloquet races through a series of pools and easy rapids to its confluence with the St. Louis. The lower Cloquet provides good fishing for smallmouth bass, brown trout, and other species. No part ...
Duluth, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing,Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 29.6
The stream is narrow, quick, and sinuous, flowing through frequent Class I stretches. The Cobb, often called the Big Cobb, is a winding and rather swift tributary of the LeSueur that flows by high blu ...
Beauford, MN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing,Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 27.8
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