Vermillion River Old Mill Park to Vermillion Slough

Hastings, Minnesota

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The final miles of the Vermillion River wind slowly over the flood plain of the Mississippi. The backwaters are interesting to explore, but you may have to pull around several log-jams. If water is high, don't let the current push you into log-jams. You will paddle through a bottomland forest of silver maple, elm, and ash overhang the river. The Vermillion as farmland river and difficult whitewater run are history. The river wanders over the floodplain of the Mississippi. A bottomland forest of silver maple, elm, and ash overhang the river. Herons and egrets wade the shallows. Kingfishers are poised on branches overhanging the water. Woodpeckers find nesting cavities in dead trees. Common mammals in this environment include white-tailed deer, raccoons, and red fox. In the spring and fall, look for a variety of migrating waterfowl in the backwaters.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The final miles of the Vermillion River wind slowly over the flood plain of the Mississippi. The backwaters are interesting to explore, but you may have to pull around several log-jams. If water is high, don't let the current push you into log-jams. You will paddle through a bottomland forest of silver maple, elm, and ash overhang the river.

The Vermillion as farmland river and difficult whitewater run are history. The river wanders over the floodplain of the Mississippi. A bottomland forest of silver maple, elm, and ash overhang the river. Herons and egrets wade the shallows. Kingfishers are poised on branches overhanging the water. Woodpeckers find nesting cavities in dead trees. Common mammals in this environment include white-tailed deer, raccoons, and red fox. In the spring and fall, look for a variety of migrating waterfowl in the backwaters.

©  Greg Breining/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hastings
Distance: 19
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 6 - 10 hours
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 Guide; Mississippi River Canoe Route 10; PRIM 47
Driving Directions: Directions to Vermillion River: Old Mill Park to Vermillion Slough

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