Rice Creek

Mounds View, Minnesota 55112

Rice Creek

Rice Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Rice Creek is a fun run with swift water and easy rapids in the heart of the Twin Cities. The bends and tight channel get tricky in high water.

From the put-in at Old Highway 8 (river mile 8.0), the river flows about 1.5 miles to Long Lake. A regional park encompasses an attractive natural area on the east shore of the lake. Stop here for a break, or follow the north shore to where Rice Creek exits Long Lake. From here the river runs quickly through a deep, wooded valley that screens the river from the suburban homes over the bluffs."

Rice Creek Reviews

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A friend and I do this a few times most years in kayaks. Water level varies a lot, gets too shallow to pass sections during periods of low rainfall. Some parts are leisurely, some can be challenging. Would not recommend using a canoe or tube, as I've seen both abandoned along the way. Sharp turns required. Someone has been clearing openings in the downed trees most years, but there will be 3-8 times you have to get past a log, and sometimes that requires getting out of the water. Going under or over can be dangerous if you mess up- careful not to tip and get pinned. It's unlikely, but the water's stronger than it looks, and you will tip if you try to pull up alongside a log perpendicular to the current. Paddling against the current is usually difficult and slow, sometimes impossible. 1 of the last ~7 trips we decided the water was too fast and high to allow safe maneuvering and recovery after tipping. Wear sunglasses, because you're going to get branches in the face. (and wear life jackets, obviously) Good amount of wildlife present, some good urban art- look back after going through the culverts.
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If you do not have your own canoe or kayak and try to find a place to rent one you have to go to the Wargo Nature Center to rent but they only allow you to travel through the three lakes and you dont actually get to go down the river. Although it was still fun i wouldn't recommend doing it.

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Trail Information

Mounds View
Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Class I-II
Downed trees on sharp bends can upset your canoe
Rice Creek Watershed District: (763) 398-3070; ricecreek.org
Local Contacts
Rice Creek Water Trail: ricecreek.org/vertical/sites/%7BF68A5205-A996-4208-96B5-C7263C03AA9%7D/uploads/RiceCreek_CanoeMap_1.1.pdf; DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 41 C8
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Oct 2018