Zumbro River South Fork

Rochester, Minnesota

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The small, gentle South Fork follows a wooded valley from Rochester north to Zumbro Lake. The South Fork begins in hills far south of Rochester. South of town, the stream is large enough to paddle, but several dams and riprapped areas make the stretch unappealing. Instead, begin your trip at the access just north of Silver Lake. The riverside is pretty and wooded in places, and lined with suburban homes in others. There are a few outcrops and riffles along the way. Once you reach Zumbro Lake, paddle north to the Sandy Point access. The estimated minimum for good paddling is about 150 cfs (check the USGS website) or about 52.6 feet on the gauge on the 37th Street Bridge in Rochester.
Paddling Minnesota

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Paddling Minnesota

by Greg Breining (Falcon Guides)

The small, gentle South Fork follows a wooded valley from Rochester north to Zumbro Lake. The South Fork begins in hills far south of Rochester. South of town, the stream is large enough to paddle, but several dams and riprapped areas make the stretch unappealing. Instead, begin your trip at the access just north of Silver Lake.

The riverside is pretty and wooded in places, and lined with suburban homes in others. There are a few outcrops and riffles along the way. Once you reach Zumbro Lake, paddle north to the Sandy Point access. The estimated minimum for good paddling is about 150 cfs (check the USGS website) or about 52.6 feet on the gauge on the 37th Street Bridge in Rochester.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Rochester
Distance: 14.5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 - 7 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 Zumbro River, Whitewater River: A Canoe & Boating Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Zumbro River: South Fork

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