by Greg Seitz: An autumn canoe trip shows a river with several problems, but great potential for a healthier future. Thanks to rain the past couple weeks, the Cannon River was floatable last Friday. Water levels had come up to right to the sweet spot. I joined Minnesota Trails publisher Dave Simpkins and several staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on a 12-mile trip from Cannon Falls to the Village of Welch.Location
Heather Herbeck's thoughts as she plunges down the Kadunce River might go something like this: Okay, oh-kaaay, oh my gosh, dip dip fall, keep straight, straight, almost to the end, just about there, splash and…wow. "The Kadunce River on Minnesota's North Shore is one of my favorite runs," says Heather, who has been running rapids, risking neck and limb, and walking the extreme edge of outdoor recreation for ten years plus. "It's not a long run, but it's a 150-foot plunge so narrow in places that a sideways kayak could get stuck."Location
A centennial. One hundred years. A benchmark unreached by many nonprofits, or for that matter any business. Yet, in 2011 the St. Croix River Association celebrates one hundred years of attention and service to the waterway that defines this region of northwest Wisconsin and east central Minnesota.Location
Park and river groups along the St. Croix River have some ideas of how you and your family can get out and enjoy the river this summer.
Joseph Nicollet rode in the middle of a trading canoe taking notes.Location
Last summer, Bill Nedderman made a detour. As he planned the route for a solo kayak trip from Rocky Mountain House in Alberta to Montreal, Quebec, retracing an old voyageur trail, he didn't want to repeat a path he had already traveled along the U.S.-Canada border in the Boundary Waters.Location