Rum River-St Francis to Anoka

Saint Francis, Minnesota 55070

Rum River-St Francis to Anoka

Rum River-St. Francis to Anoka Professional Review and Guide

"The Rum picks up its pace again, running through Class I rapids for several miles. It then settles down and flows quietly for its last few miles to the Mississippi. This section provides excellent fishing.

Just downstream from the put-in, the river slides over the broken-down remains of a dam (river mile 23.1) at the bridge in St. Francis. There’s no particular problem here; just stay to the center, where the river is deepest. For the next several miles, the river alternates between swift, easy rapids and quiet pools."

Rum River-St. Francis to Anoka Reviews

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We did a truncated version of this trip on a Sunday afternoon. Took about 4 hours at a leisurely pace. Rather than beginning at Rum River North County Park, we started at the midway point... Rum River Central Regional Park. The planned take-out was down at the Rum River South County Park ( Anoka County Fairgrounds ) so we staged a vehicle there. Rum River Central Regional Park is a nice little park and the put-in is a little ramp with a nice, small sand beach area. The river is narrower here, and shallow, so the flow is nice. There are many twists and turns in the river and it flows at a 'playful' pace. Something interesting was that the animals encountered ( geese, wood ducks, blue herons and even a small beaver) did not seem wary or interested in us. In fact, the beaver swam right across my path... only passing in front of my kayak by 2 or 3 feet. When he reached the shore he took time to groom himself, all the while ignoring the two humans paddling 5 feet away, gawking at him. The first half of the trip, perhaps 3 - 4 miles, was very forested and seemed to be more remote than it actually is. Farther down river it widens, deepens and slows... there are more homes, and the sounds of civilization (traffic, trains, people) are more apparent. There was very little boat traffic on the lower half (none on the upper half) of the trip. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon and I recommend it.

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Trail Information

Saint Francis
Nearby City
Skill Level
7-8 hours
Class I
A broken-out dam at St. Francis, long rocky rapids just above CR 22, and the 10-foot-high dam at Anoka
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
MDNR Information Center: (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367
Local Contacts
MDNR Rum River State Water Trail Guide:; DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Pages 48 E2; 41 A6
Local Maps