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Des Moines River State Water Trail

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Southwestern MN; Murray, Cottonwood, and Jackson Counties

DNR Parks and Trails
Southern Regional Office


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The Des Moines River is between 50 and 200 feet wide. It flows through a flat iron-shaped plateau, called the "Coteau de Prairies" by early French explorers.

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The river has few rapids, none more difficult than Class I. About rapids classes.

Several dams must be portaged. Downed trees and logjams can present occasional hazards.

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