Mississippi River St Cloud to Anoka

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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A broad, swift river with wooded banks, and islands, this section of the Mississippi is a favorite among anglers. This stretch starts with one of the most pleasant places on the Mississippi, the Beaver Islands, just downstream from St. Cloud. Savor the narrow, winding, shaded channels before you head downstream. Anoka is known for its fishing. With its deep holes and extensive riffles and easy rapids, it’s excellent for smallmouth bass. In fact, it’s probably the best big-bass stream in the state, producing a lot of smallmouths over 3 pounds. It’s also good for walleye, northern pike, and even a few muskies. In recent years, channel catfish have been stocked in this stretch and are now common and large.
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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

A broad, swift river with wooded banks, and islands, this section of the Mississippi is a favorite among anglers. This stretch starts with one of the most pleasant places on the Mississippi, the Beaver Islands, just downstream from St. Cloud. Savor the narrow, winding, shaded channels before you head downstream.

Anoka is known for its fishing. With its deep holes and extensive riffles and easy rapids, it’s excellent for smallmouth bass. In fact, it’s probably the best big-bass stream in the state, producing a lot of smallmouths over 3 pounds. It’s also good for walleye, northern pike, and even a
few muskies. In recent years, channel catfish have been stocked in this stretch and are now common and large.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Saint Cloud
Distance: 55
Skill Level: Easy
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: MDNR Mississippi River: St. Cloud to Anoka
Driving Directions: Directions to Mississippi River: St. Cloud to Anoka

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