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Kayak or canoe more than 4000 miles of Minnesota water trails. Minnesota rivers and streams provide scenic paths through our natural beauty. Early voyageurs and explorers used Minnesota waterways as highway to discovery. The water trails throughout Minnesota have now become part of the state's vast playground.

Minnesota water trail

"Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go." ~Blaise Pascal, 17th-century French Philosopher

Explore the Great River Road established in 1938 as the national parkway of the Mississippi River. Its route traverses nearly 3,000 miles through 10 states. Read more about the Great River Road in Road Trip USA Great River Road

The information and links on this page will connect you with the many possible places to go canoeing or kayaking along Minnesota water trails.

The Lake Superior Water Trail hugs 155 miles shoreline along the world's largest freshwater lake. With 10% of all the fresh water on earth, Lake Superior offers a spectacular environment for canoers and sea kayakers. Enjoy all that Lake Superior has to offer along the Lake Superior water trail.

The Superior National Forest has more than 2,000 lakes and rivers that offer a chance to canoe, boat, fish and camp. Visit and play in the areas of Minnesota where early Native Americans, voyageurs, missionaries, loggers and explorers once traveled. Here is the DNR guide to the Superior National Forest.

About a third of the Superior National Forest lies within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Visitors to the BWCAW will find solitude and back country recreation. Permits are required and special regulations apply to visits to this area.

The U.S. Forest Service manages the 1 million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota.

Other Major Minnesota Water Trails

The Mississippi River runs for about 680 miles through in Minnesota; the entire river is about 2,350 miles long. Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park is the source of the Mississippi River. The river is the most famous Minnesota water trail.

The Minnesota River is about 370 miles long. It flows into the Mississippi at Fort Snelling State Park.

Minnesota Water Trails

Minnesota Wild and Scenic Rivers

Some of Minnesota's rivers have been designated wild and scenic rivers under the Minnesota Wild and Scenic Rivers Act or the National Wild and Scenic River Act. 

These are the rivers with that designation: 

  • St. Croix River on the border with Wisconsin
  • Kettle River in Pine County
  • Mississippi River from the city of St. Cloud to the cities of Ramsey and Dayton
  • North Fork of the Crow River in Meeker County
  • Minnesota River from the Lac Qui Parle dam to the city of Franklin
  • Rum River from Ogechie Lake to the city of Anoka
  • Cannon River from the city of Faribault to the Mississippi River

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