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Mississippi River State Water Trail: Anoka to Fort Snelling

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East Central MN; Anoka, Hennepin, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties

DNR Parks and Trails
Central Regional Office
(651) 259-5841

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This segment of the Mississippi requires some paddling skills in order to avoid snags, sweepers, and boulders.

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Motor boats and barges often throw large wakes that can swamp unsuspecting canoeists. These wakes should not be taken broadside.

The Army Corps of Engineers closes the Lower St. Anthony and Ford Locks to recreational traffic when the river is above 30,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). At Lower St. Anthony Lock, portage down to Bohemian Flats at river mile 853.1R. There is no established portage around Ford Lock and Dam. Check River level reports when planning your outing.

There are no major rapids. About rapids classes.

Metro Lock Closure | River level reports | Outfitters | Safety | Licenses & fees
Current conditions | Metro Area Rivers Guide | Mississippi River Trip Planner external link