Cannon River-Faribault to Lake Byllesby

Faribault, Minnesota 55021

Cannon River-Faribault to Lake Byllesby

Cannon River-Faribault to Lake Byllesby Professional Review and Guide

"The upper Cannon is an intimate, wooded stream with gentle current. Start this trip at the Two Rivers access, at the confluence of the Straight and Cannon Rivers. With a drainage of 443 square miles, the Straight is larger than the Cannon here.

The area comprises a variety of habitat, including maple-basswood forest, oak woodlands, savanna and prairie, and floodplain forests. In spring, seasonal ephemerals cover the forest floor. The area is a refuge for many bird species as well, including Cooper’s hawks, great-horned and barred owls, wood and hermit thrushes, and warblers."

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
10-12 hours
Class I
Watch for downed trees, especially in high water on the outside of river bends, where current is fast.
Camping, Birding
Additional Use
MDNR Information Center: (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367
Local Contacts
MDNR Cannon and Straight Rivers State Water Trail Guide:; DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 33 C–D8
Local Maps

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Jul 2018