Cannon River: Cannon Falls to Mississippi River Professional Review and Guide
"The Cannon races through a series of easy rapids and passes tall, rocky bluffs on its way to the Mississippi River. Less than a mile below the put-in, the Cannon runs through the largest rapids on this segment of river, a wavy, class I drop at the railroad trestle just downstream from the confluence with the Little Cannon River. The river scoots out of the town of Cannon Falls, running through quick successions of easy rapids as it burrows ever deeper into its limestone valley. A railroad once followed the right (south) bank of the river. Today, the rail bed has been converted to the Cannon Valley Trail, a popular route running between Cannon Falls and Red Wing. As you paddle, you’ll spot cyclists and skaters zipping past you, far above the river.
A dam once blocked the river at Welch. The aging, useless structure was demolished several years ago; only a mild rapids marks the spot today. A canoe and inner-tube outfitter operates out of the old mill next to the former dam site. During the summer, the outfitter launches dozens to hundreds of tubes between the Trout Brook access and Welch, so avoid this stretch on pleasant summer weekends if you value peace and quiet. Watch for downed trees on the outside of river bends, especially in very high water."