Red River of the North

Hallock, Minnesota

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Besides weaving a strip of natural green through country that is intensively farmed, the Red River offers incredible catfish fishing. The length is 394 miles long, however, many shorter trips are possible. The entire stretch would keep you going for about three weeks. Watch out for downed trees, especially in the narrow upper reaches. Avoid dams at Breckenridge, Christine, Fargo - Moorhead (4), and Grand Forks. The paddling: The Red River is predominantly muddy and thoroughly flat but is interesting because it is such an unusual river. For starters, it runs nearly 400 miles along the Minnesota-North Dakota border over a straight-line distance of less than 200 miles. The length is taken up by the river’s wormlike meanders. The river’s indecision is a result of the second notable fact of the Red, the incredible flatness of its valley.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

Besides weaving a strip of natural green through country that is intensively farmed, the Red River offers incredible catfish fishing. The length is 394 miles long, however, many shorter trips are possible. The entire stretch would keep you going for about three weeks. Watch out for downed trees, especially in the narrow upper reaches. Avoid dams at Breckenridge, Christine, Fargo - Moorhead (4), and Grand Forks.

The paddling: The Red River is predominantly muddy and thoroughly flat but is interesting because it is such an unusual river. For starters, it runs nearly 400 miles along the Minnesota-North Dakota border over a straight-line distance of less than 200 miles. The length is taken up by the river’s wormlike meanders. The river’s indecision is a result of the second notable fact of the Red, the incredible flatness of its valley.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hallock
Distance: 394
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 weeks
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: MDNR PRIM Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Ada, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Hallock
Driving Directions: Directions to Red River of the North

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