Whitewater River

Rochester, Minnesota

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Would you believe a winter trout fishery where it’s 10 degrees below zero? The Whitewater is a misnomer. You’ll find no torrential cataracts, swirling plunge pools, or deadly falls. Nope. Just a wonderful trio of streams that tumble down from the prairie into a widening cottonwood valley that grows ever broader between high hills topped with cliffs of limestone. Managed for wild turkey, grouse, and deer, the area holds a special place in the hearts of many TUers from the nearby Hiawatha chapter in Rochester and Win Cres in Winona. For more than a generation, they have worked at restoring stream habitat and argued for land use policies and practices that would protect and enhance the environment. Thanks to the efforts of Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources and a plethora of local, regional, and state organizations, anglers have at their disposal more than 50 miles of first-class small-river fishing. And the work continues: just recently Hiawatha and Win Cres, working together with DNR, installed cribs and created plunge pools in the Middle Branch above state park waters. Species: Brown, rainbow, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Would you believe a winter trout fishery where it’s 10 degrees below zero? The Whitewater is a misnomer. You’ll find no torrential cataracts, swirling plunge pools, or deadly falls. Nope. Just a wonderful trio of streams that tumble down from the prairie into a widening cottonwood valley that grows ever broader between high hills topped with cliffs of limestone.

Managed for wild turkey, grouse, and deer, the area holds a special place in the hearts of many TUers from the nearby Hiawatha chapter in Rochester and Win Cres in Winona. For more than a generation, they have worked at restoring stream habitat and argued for land use policies and practices that would protect and enhance the environment. Thanks to the efforts of Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources and a plethora of local, regional, and state organizations, anglers have at their disposal more than 50 miles of first-class small-river fishing. And the work continues: just recently Hiawatha and Win Cres, working together with DNR, installed cribs and created plunge pools in the Middle Branch above state park waters. Species: Brown, rainbow, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Rochester
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: Mid-April through September; January through March
Local Maps: Minnesota DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Whitewater River

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