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The Minnesota River provides scenic opportunities for water recreation. In addition to the Minnesota River, the LMRWD contains many other streams and lakes that can be enjoyed for swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and other watersports.

Water Access

Before heading out to the water, make sure the water resources are available to access for public use! The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has created comprehensive maps for public water access and fishing piers across Minnesota. The maps are available here. Make sure to view water access within LMRWD, found on pages 111-122.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddling

The Minnesota DNR has compiled information on canoeing, kayaking, and paddling within the state. Check out the information here and view specific LMRWD resources in more detail below.

Minnesota River State Water Trail

This trail flows 318 miles from Big Stone Lake in Ortonville, MN, to its confluence with the Mississippi River State Water Trail near Fort Snelling in Saint Paul, MN. On a gentle ride, paddlers can view a diversity of terrain, ranging from steep granite bluffs to marshlands.

Fort Snelling State Park Beach

With canoe and kayak rentals right in Saint Paul, MN, Fort Snelling is great for a day of recreation on the water. Enjoy swimming and boating on Snelling Lake, access to the Minnesota River, and fishing on the pier. 

A woman is kayaking on a stream

A person driving a boat on a lake
A child playing in water with parent and life jacket