Turtle River

Turtle River, Minnesota 56601

Turtle River

Turtle River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Turtle River provides an intimate and generally placid route through thick northern forest. The Turtle River winds gently through the marshes and sparsely settled woods north of Cass Lake. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, many of which nest in the area.

Launch your boat at CR 22, just south of Gull Lake. You’ll soon be paddling through large beds of wild rice, a staple of Woodland Indians for thousands of years, including the Ojibwa, the tribe to control the area most recently. The plant appears at the surface of the water in early summer. When ripe in late summer, the plant stands tall above the surface. The heads turn purple, and the rice springs easily from the plant."

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Trail Information

Turtle River
Nearby City
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Class I
Additional Use
Chippewa National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/main/chippewa/home; (218) 335-8600
Local Contacts
Chippewa National Forest (fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_016520.pdf); DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 72 C2
Local Maps

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Dec 2018