by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)
© Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This trail is rated for beginners, but in spring run-off and after hard rains it can become quite dangerous. Get local conditions before cannoeing. For those who have not canoed this river in the last 10-12 years, the small dam at Welch has been removed.
There is a public parking area in Cannon falls with an easy put in. There is a place in Welch to put in or take out. Also a canoe and tube rental in Welch. There is a parking lot along highway 61 near Red Wing. For those who want to go all the way to the mouth of the river, there is a city park in Red Wing with parking and a boat landing. This is along the Mississippi River. Bay point park can be seen from the river by three large poles in a tri-pod (called a tipi by us locals).
The Cannon itself is in Bluff country with views of wooded bluffs along the river. This is a very pleasant trip and a good place to padle and enjoy the scenery.
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