Mississippi River Brainerd to Little Falls

Brainerd, Minnesota

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The Mississippi River leaves Brainerd as a sizable stream with a sometimes swift current. Dozens of islands in this stretch were created when saw logs, floated to mills a century ago, jammed on shoals or in bends. Sediment swirled into the eddies created by the obstructions and eventually buried the logs. forming islands. No longer a small stream, the broad Mississippi flows swiftly through the mixed forest and fields of central Minnesota. Fishing can be great on this section. Be aware of swift currents in high water.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The Mississippi River leaves Brainerd as a sizable stream with a sometimes swift current. Dozens of islands in this stretch were created when saw logs, floated to mills a century ago, jammed on shoals or in bends.

Sediment swirled into the eddies created by the obstructions and eventually buried the logs. forming islands. No longer a small stream, the broad Mississippi flows swiftly through the mixed forest and fields of central Minnesota. Fishing can be great on this section. Be aware of swift currents in high water.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Brainerd
Distance: 36.4
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 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 5: Brainerd to Little Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Mississippi River: Brainerd to Little Falls

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Apr 2018