Mississippi River Lake Winnibigoshish Dam to Pokegama Dam

Deer River, Minnesota

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The Mississippi, still a small river, follows an extremely tortuous path over flat woodlands. Flowing across table-flat land near Ball Club, the Mississippi meanders more and more wildly. The present river channel is flanked by abandoned meander loops known as oxbows. Many of the meanders were dredged during logging days to open a straighter route for logs to follow downstream. The paddling: Start your trip below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam at the east end of Lake Winnibigoshish. The dam was authorized in 1881 to control the level of the upper Mississippi and supply a more dependable flow of water far downstream. Opposed by many Ojibwa of the area, the dam raised the level of the natural lake about 8 feet and covered cemeteries and village sites. Downstream from the dam, the Mississippi flows through wild woodlands.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Mississippi, still a small river, follows an extremely tortuous path over flat woodlands. Flowing across table-flat land near Ball Club, the Mississippi meanders more and more wildly. The present river channel is flanked by abandoned meander loops known as oxbows. Many of the meanders were dredged during logging days to open a straighter route for logs to follow downstream.

The paddling: Start your trip below the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam at the east end of Lake Winnibigoshish. The dam was authorized in 1881 to control the level of the upper Mississippi and supply a more dependable flow of water far
downstream. Opposed by many Ojibwa of the area, the dam raised the level of the natural lake about 8 feet and covered cemeteries and village sites. Downstream from the dam, the Mississippi flows through wild woodlands.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Deer River
Distance: 46
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 - 3 days
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources Information Center, 612-296-6157 or 800-766-6000 (toll free in Minnesota)
Local Maps: Mississippi Headwaters River Trail 2: Cass Lake to Vermilion River and Mississippi Headwaters River Trail 3: Vermilion River to Palisade
Driving Directions: Directions to Mississippi River: Lake Winnibigoshish Dam to Pokegama Dam

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