Mississippi River Grand Rapids to Brainerd

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

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This winding woodland stream offers plenty of opportunities for long-distance paddling and overnight camping. This stretch of river is unspectacular, but it is undeveloped and pretty and makes and excellent route for a camping trip of several days. You'll encounter a few stretches of fast water and rocks, but for the most part, this stretch is placid. There are no dams to block the route until the city of Brainerd. The paddling: Below Grand Rapids, the Mississippi continues a winding course through woods, marsh, and some pastureland. Within a few miles, the Prairie River joins from the north, about doubling the flow of water. This stretch of river is unspectacular, but it is undeveloped and pretty and makes an excellent route for a camping trip of several days. You’ll encounter a few stretches of fast water and rocks, but for the most part, this stretch is placid.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

This winding woodland stream offers plenty of opportunities for long-distance paddling and overnight camping. This stretch of river is unspectacular, but it is undeveloped and pretty and makes and excellent route for a camping trip of several days. You'll encounter a few stretches of fast water and rocks, but for the most part, this stretch is placid. There are no dams to block the route until the city of Brainerd.

The paddling: Below Grand Rapids, the Mississippi continues a winding course through woods, marsh, and some pastureland. Within a few miles, the Prairie River joins from the north, about doubling the flow of water. This stretch of river is unspectacular, but it is undeveloped and pretty and makes an excellent route for a camping trip of several days. You’ll encounter a few stretches of fast water and rocks, but for the most part, this stretch is placid.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Grand Rapids
Distance: 163.5
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 7 days
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 3: Vermilion River to Palisade, and Mississippi Headwaters River Trail 4: Palisade to Brainerd
Driving Directions: Directions to Mississippi River: Grand Rapids to Brainerd

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