Zumbro River-South Fork

Rochester, Minnesota 55906

Zumbro River-South Fork

Zumbro River-South Fork Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The small, gentle South Fork follows a wooded valley from Rochester north to Zumbro Lake. The South Fork begins in hills far south of Rochester. South of town, the stream is large enough to paddle, but several dams and riprapped areas make the stretch unappealing. Instead, begin your trip at the access just north of Silver Lake on Elton Hills Drive (river mile 77.1).

The riverside is pretty and wooded in places, and lined with suburban homes in others. There are a few outcrops and riffles along the way. Once you reach Zumbro Lake, continue paddling north to the takeout. Fishing can be good, especially for smallmouth bass and walleye."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Class I
Snags and jams sometimes block the channel. Watch out in high water
Additional Use
MDNR Information Center: (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367
Local Contacts
MDNR Zumbro and Whitewater Rivers State Water Trail Guide: files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/canoe_routes/zumbro.pdf; DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Pages 25 A9; 34 E5
Local Maps

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Dec 2018