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Cottonwood River State Water Trail

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South Central MN; Brown County

DNR Parks and Trails
Southern Regional Office


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The canoeable portion of this river begins in Springfield and ends 58 river miles later when it empties into the Minnesota River near New Ulm.

Carved out some 10,000 years ago, the steep slopes are now saturated with maple, basswood, and hackberry trees, with oak and red cedar on the sunny side.

Learn more about this area. (State Highway 4 to LeSueur)

There are no major rapids. About rapids classes.

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