Otter Tail River

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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The Otter Tail races through several rapids, some rather challenging, as it passes woods, marsh, and some open country. The main hazard is Wall Lake Bridge, located about halfway through the run, is extremely dangerous in high water, when there is no clearance for a canoe. The bridge is slated to be removed soon. Till then, watch out! For many years, very little water ran through the natural channel of the river. Instead, it was diverted for use in a power plant and returned to the channel near the take-out for this run. Under a recent agreement negotiated between Otter Tail Power Company and the MDNR and federal officials, the power producer will maintain minimum flows through the channel for the benefit of fish and canoeists.
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by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Otter Tail races through several rapids, some rather challenging, as it passes woods, marsh, and some open country. The main hazard is Wall Lake Bridge, located about halfway through the run, is extremely dangerous in high water, when there is no clearance for a canoe. The bridge is slated to be removed soon. Till then, watch out!

For many years, very little water ran through the natural channel of the river. Instead, it was diverted for use in a power plant and returned to the channel near the take-out for this run. Under a recent agreement negotiated between Otter Tail Power Company and the MDNR and federal officials, the power producer will maintain minimum flows through the channel for the benefit of fish and canoeists.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Fergus Falls
Distance: 12.8
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: MNDR Otter Tail River
Driving Directions: Directions to Otter Tail River

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