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Mississippi River - Minneapolis, MN

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

A number of Mississippi paddle options are available during spring, summer and fall in the Twin Cities. This post covers north of Minneapolis for 11.5 miles. Information is provided by Twin Cities Kayaking. Starting from the furthest North point of access, without required portage, is Coon Rapids Dam. West side of river; Going to the last exit before major portage around Minneapolis is Boom Island. 11.5 miles. There are three additional options to exit before Boom Island. From Coon Rapids Dam: 1. River Park - about 3 miles, 2. Riverfront Regional Park - about 5.5 miles, and North Mississippi Regional Park - about 7.5 miles. According to Twin Cities Kayaking, most of their customers only do half of the trip. Some look for a nature trip; the best for that is Coon Rapids Dam to Riverfront Park. Some want more of an urban feel; like buildings, train and auto bridges, and other development, including two restaurants and a brew pub. This trip would start at Riverfront Park to Boom Island. Twin Cities Paddle Club on Facebook can offer additional information as well as

Safety Notes

High water in spring or after heavy rains. Standard shoreline strainers. Fast current around islands.

Gear Notes

Must have footwear anytime you're out of the boat. Water shoes...not flip flops. Water, Suncreen, and lunch/snacks.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 5/1/2018-10/1/2018
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Kayak Fishing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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