Mississippi River-Little Falls to St. Cloud Professional Review and Guide
"The trip begins on a reservoir, but after 9 miles of paddling and a portage, you're back again on a wide, often swift river with good fishing.
The first 9 miles of this trip is spent on the reservoir created by the Blanchard Dam. So the paddling may not be exciting, but there are a few consolation prizes. First, the fishing can be good, especially for muskies. Second, there are a couple historical sites of note. A half mile below the put-in are the Weyerhaeuser, Musser, and Rosenmeier mansions, which overlook the river."