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Paddling Minnesota

Second Edition

Greg Breining

Minnesota, the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' is replete with wonderful paddling options for everyone—from families seeking serene waters for youngsters, to expert kayakers looking to test their skills on ripping rapids. This guide, an update of Greg Breining's Official State Guide, includes more than 100 trips and 23 brand-new paddles that represent the full range of paddling experiences Minnesota has to offer, from paddles down the Minnehaha Creek in the heart of the Twin Cities, to excursions through the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in the remote northern reaches of the state. Minnesota is a paddler's playground, and this guide is the key to discovering the many wonders of its clear, blue waters.

Look inside to find: clear maps, difficulty ratings, and points of special interest, as well as fascinating insights on the history and ecology of the Minnesota waterways.
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Globe Pequot Press / Falcon Guides
Pages: 448Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4930-2512-1 • Paperback • July 2016 • $27.95 • (£18.95)
978-1-4930-2513-8 • eBook • July 2016 • $26.99 • (£17.95)
Series: Paddling Series
Greg Breining has kayaked the whitewater streams of the North Shore, canoe-camped in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and float-fished streams throughout the state. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Audubon, Islands, and NationalWildlife.
Locator Maps
Map Legend
Lay of the land
How to use this guide
Planning your trip
Safe paddling
The Paddling
Big Fork River
1.Dora Lake to Minnesota Highway 6
2.Minnesota Highway 6 to Big Falls
3.Big Falls to Rainy River
4. Birch Lake
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
5.Hegman Lake
6.Basswood Lake
7.Louse River
8.Crooked Lake–Basswood River
Cloquet River
9.Indian Lake to Island Lake
10.Island Lake Dam to St. Louis River
Little Fork River
11.Cook to Samuelson Park
12.Samuelson Park to Dentaybow
13.Dentaybow to Rainy River
14. Midway River
15. North Fork Nemadji River
16. Rainy River
17. Rice River
St. Louis River
18.Skibo Mill to Aurora
19.Aurora to Forbes Dam
20.Forbes Dam to Floodwood
21.Floodwood to Cloquet
22.Scanlon to Thomson Reservoir
23.Thomson Dam to Swinging Bridge
24.Minnesota Highway 23 to Duluth Harbor
Sturgeon River
25.Side Lake to County Road 766
26.County Road 766 to County Road 65
27.County Road 65 to County Road 923
28.County Road 923 to Little Fork River
29. Timber-Frear Lakes Loop
30. Twin Lakes Loop
Vermilion River
31.Vermilion Dam to Twomile Creek
32.Twomile Creek to Eightmile Creek
33.Table Rock Falls Canyon
34.Table Rock Falls to High Falls
35.High Falls to Crane Lake
36. Voyageurs National Park
Whiteface River
37.Whiteface Reservoir to Cotton
38.Cotton to St. Louis River

Lake Superior and the North Shore
Lake Superior
39.St. Louis River to Two Harbors
40.Two Harbors to Caribou River
41.Caribou River to Grand Marais
42.Grand Marais to Pigeon River
North Shore Rivers
43.Baptism River
44.Brule River

45.Boy River
46.Glendalough State Park
Ottertail River
47.Rochert to Frazee
48.Phelps Mill to Diversion Dam
49.Diversion Dam to Mount Faith Avenue
50.Orwell Dam to Breckenridge Lake
51.Pike Bay Connection
52.Red Lake River
53.Red River of the North
54.Turtle River
Mississippi River
55.Lake Itasca to Bemidji
56.Bemidji to Lake Winnibigoshish
57.Lake Winnibigoshish Dam to Pokegama Dam
58.Grand Rapids to Brainerd
59.Brainerd to Little Falls
60.Little Falls to St. Cloud
61.St. Cloud to Anoka
62.Coon Rapids Dam to Hastings
63.Hastings to Iowa

Crow Wing River
64.Seventh Crow Wing Lake to First Crow Wing Lake
65.First Crow Wing Lake to Mary Brown Landing
66.Mary Brown Landing to Nimrod
67.Nimrod to Motley
68.Motley to Mississippi River
69. Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
70. Elk River
Kettle River
71.County Road 131 to County Road 52
72.County Road 52 to Minnesota Highway 23
73.Banning State Park to Old Dam Site
74.Old Dam Site to Minnesota Highway 48
75.Minnesota Highway 48 to St. Croix River
Long Prairie River
76.Lake Carlos to Long Prairie
77.Long Prairie to Crow Wing River
78. Lower Tamarack River
North Fork of the Crow River
79.Lake Koronis to Minnesota Highway 22
80.Minnesota Highway 22 to Kingston
81.Kingston to Dayton
Pine River
82.Lake Hattie to Upper Whitefish Lake
83.Cross Lake Dam to Harvey Drake Landing
84. Platte River
Rum River
85.Mille Lacs Lake to Onamia
86.Onamia to Vandell Brook
87.Vandell Brook to St. Francis
88.St. Francis to Anoka
Sauk River
89.Sauk Centre to Richmond
90.Richmond to Cold Spring (Chain of Lakes)
91.Cold Spring to Pine View Park
92.Pine View Park to Mississippi River
Snake River
93.McGrath to County Road 3
94.County Road 3 to Mora
95.Mora to Pine City
96.Pine City to St. Croix River
St. Croix River
97.Gordon Dam to Wisconsin Highway 35
98.Wisconsin Highway 35 to Minnesota Highway 70
99.Minnesota Highway 70 to St. Croix Falls
100.St. Croix Falls to Stillwater
101.Stillwater to Prescott
South Fork of the Crow River,
102. Cosmos to Hutchinson
103. Hutchinson to Watertown
104. Watertown to Rockford
105. Sunrise River
106. Upper Tamarack River

Minneapolis–St. Paul
107. Minneapolis Chain of Lakes
108. Minnehaha Creek
109. Rice Creek
Cannon River
110.Faribault to Lake Byllesby
111.Cannon Falls to U.S. Highway 61
112. Cedar River
Root River
113.North Branch
114.South Branch
115.Minnesota Highway 16 to Minnesota Highway 26
116. Sand Creek
117. Straight River
Vermillion River
118.Vermillion Falls Park0
119.Old Mill Park to County Road 68
120. Whitewater River
Zumbro River
121.North Fork
122.South Branch of the Middle Fork
123.South Fork
124. County Road 7 to Millville
125.Millville to Kellogg

Blue Earth River
126.Blue Earth to Rapidan Dam
127.Rapidan Dam to Mankato
128. Chippewa River
129. Cobb River
130. Cottonwood River
131. Des Moines River
132. Le Sueur River
133. Maple River
Minnesota River
134.Big Stone to Lac qui Parle
135.Lac qui Parle to North Redwood
136.North Redwood to Mankato
137.Mankato to Fort Snelling
138. Pomme de Terre River
Redwood River
139.Vesta to Redwood Falls
140.Redwood Falls to Minnesota River
141. Watonwan River
142. Yellow Medicine River

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