Pike Bay Connection

Cass Lake, Minnesota

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The Pike Bay Connection is a small part of a 120-mile loop called the Chippewa Headwaters Loop. Chippewa National Forest provides a map to help you navigate the route, which continues south down Steamboat Bay Lake and the Steamboat River into Leech Lake, east along the Leech Lake River, up the Mississippi River to Lake Winnibigoshish, and west on "Winni" and the Mississippi back to Cass Lake and Pike Bay. This trail of waterways and portages through woods, streams, and lakes makes a tough but pleasant day trip with historical overtones. Generally we calculated that time on a floating speed of about 2 to 3 miles per hour. Plan to travel more slowly if there are difficult rapids to scout or portage. Double your travel time if you plan to fish seriously. Class: The difficulty level of the water, based on the International Scale of River Difficulty.
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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Pike Bay Connection is a small part of a 120-mile loop called the Chippewa Headwaters Loop. Chippewa National Forest provides a map to help you navigate the route, which continues south down Steamboat Bay Lake and the Steamboat River into Leech Lake, east along the Leech Lake River, up the Mississippi River to Lake Winnibigoshish, and west on "Winni" and the Mississippi back to Cass Lake and Pike Bay. This trail of waterways and portages through woods, streams, and lakes makes a tough but pleasant day trip with historical overtones.

Generally we calculated that time on a floating speed of about 2 to 3 miles per hour. Plan to travel more slowly if there are difficult rapids to scout or portage. Double your travel time if you plan to fish seriously. Class: The difficulty level of the water, based on the International Scale of River Difficulty.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cass Lake
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 - 6 hours
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: Chippewa National Forest, Pike Bay Connection
Driving Directions: Directions to Pike Bay Connection

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Apr 2018